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Orson Welles

Born: May 6, 1915

Death: Oct 10, 1985

Birthplace: Kenosha

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Orson Welles

Date of Birth : May 6, 1915
Date of Death : Oct 10, 1985
Birth Place : Kenosha

George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably Caesar, a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds", one of the most famous in the history of radio; and in film, Citizen Kane, 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 innovative 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 an acclaimed 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. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds performed for his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air.


  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Film director
  • Voice acting
  • Television producer
  • Playwright
  • Production designer
  • Costume designer
  • Film Editor
  • Theatre Director
  • Radio personality
  • Television director
  • Arranger

Also known as

  • George Orson Welles
  • G.O. Spelvin
  • Welles
  • O.W. Jeeves
  • Orson Wells


  • Beatrice Ives
  • Richard Head Welles


  • Oja Kodar
  • Virginia Nicolson
  • Paola Mori
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Dolores del Río


  • Beatrice Welles
  • Michael Lindsay-Hogg
  • Rebecca Welles
  • Christopher Welles Feder

Awards Won

  • Peabody Award
  • Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
  • Academy Honorary Award
  • AFI Life Achievement Award
  • Cannes Best Actor Award
  • Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
  • DGA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Retro Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
  • David di Donatello Luchino Visconti Award
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