- George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film
|Born:||06 May 1915 Comment |
|When did Orson Welles die? / Died||10 October 1985|
|How many years did Orson Welles live? / Lived||70 years|
Orson Welles facts
- He is remembered for his innovative work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the legendary 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds"; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films
- Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project in his early twenties, including an adaptation of Macbeth with an entirely African American cast, and the political musical The Cradle Will Rock
- In 1937 he and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented a series of productions on Broadway through 1941
- Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H
- Wells' novel The War of the Worlds performed for his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air
- It reportedly caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was actually occurring
- Although some contemporary sources claim these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to notoriety
- His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane
- Welles was an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career
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