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Orson Welles

Orson Welles

Director

George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles's long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur." After directing a number of high-profile theatrical productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety. Citizen Kane (1941), his first film with RKO, in which he starred in the role of Charles Foster Kane, is often considered the greatest film ever made. Several of his other films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1974), are also widely considered to be masterpieces. In 2002, he was voted the greatest film director of all time in two separate British Film Institute polls among directors and critics, and a wide survey of critical consensus, best-of lists, and historical retrospectives calls him the most acclaimed director of all time. Well known for his baritone voice, Welles was also an extremely well regarded actor and was voted number 16 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list of the greatest American film actors of all time. He was also a celebrated Shakespearean stage actor and an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety shows in the war years.

Born: May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Died: October 10, 1985 (Age 70)

Streaming Sources for all Orson Welles Movies & TV Shows

Orson Welles  is Known For

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Citizen Kane
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The Third Man
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Touch of Evil
Streaming sources forThe Transformers The Movie
The Transformers: The Movie

Orson WellesMovies & TV Credits

TitleRatingJobRole(s)Year
Movie
6
ActorMarkan1969
Movie
7.9
ActorCardinal Wolsey1966
Movie
5
ActorThe Magician1971
Movie
6.2
ActorJoseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro1949
Movie
6.8
ActorSelf (archive footage)1975
Movie
7
Actor2005
Movie
5.2
ActorJudge Rauch1981
Movie
5.4
ActorLe Chiffre1967
Movie
7.2
ActorBrigadier General Dreedle1970
Movie
8.1
ActorFalstaff1965
Movie
8.3
ActorCharles Foster Kane1941
Movie
7.8
ActorJonathan Wilk1959
Movie
6.7
ActorHagolin / Lamerciere1960
Movie
4.2
ActorKing Saul1960
Movie
7.4
ActorNarrator (voice)1971
Movie
6.1
ActorSelf1992
Movie
6.6
ActorNarrator (voice) (uncredited)1946
Movie
8.2
ActorSelf1973
Movie
5.6
ActorCaptain Hart1959
Movie
7.3
ActorHost1978
Movie
7.4
ActorHimself1981
Movie
5.9
ActorOrson Welles (uncredited)1944
Movie
5.4
ActorMr. Delasandro1972
Movie
7.4
ActorNarrator1981
Movie
5.8
ActorLeschenhaut1968
Movie
4.7
ActorBurundai1961
Movie
6.1
ActorJonathan Lute1967
Movie
7.1
ActorKonsul Nordling1966
Movie
7.2
ActorHimself1993
Movie
7.8
ActorEdward Rochester1943
Movie
6.6
ActorColonel Haki1943
Movie
7.2
ActorNarrator (Voice)1961
Movie
6.7
ActorCaptain Perella, the Beast1953
Movie
6.1
ActorBenjamin Franklin1962
Movie
7.5
ActorHimself (archive footage)2002
Movie
8.3
ActorHarry Lime1949
Movie
8.2
ActorPolice Captain Hank Quinlan1958
Movie
7.5
ActorUnicron (voice)1986
Movie
8
ActorLew Lord1979
Movie
7.8
ActorMichael O'Hara1947
Movie
8
ActorNarrator (voice)1942
Movie
7.4
ActorAlbert Hastler1962
Movie
7.6
ActorCharles Rankin1946
Movie
7.4
ActorFather Mapple1956
Movie
7.3
ActorNarrator (voice) (uncredited)1958
Movie
7.7
ActorWill Varner1958
Movie
7.3
ActorLouis XVIII1970
Movie
7.2
ActorGregory Arkadin1955
Movie
7.5
ActorOthello1951
Movie
7.6
ActorMacbeth1948
Movie
6
ActorMax Buda1963
Movie
7.1
ActorČetnik1969
Movie
6.5
ActorThe Narrator1970
Movie
6.1
ActorVoice on Tape1974
Movie
6.9
ActorJosé Estedes1976
Movie
7.3
ActorJohn Andrew MacDonald1946
Movie
6.3
ActorBresnavitch1970
Movie
6.8
ActorBayan1950
Movie
7.3
ActorThe 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")1963
Movie
7.1
ActorCesare Borgia1949
Movie
6.5
ActorCassavius1971
Movie
7.2
ActorJ.P. Morgan1980
Movie
5.8
ActorLong John Silver1972
Movie
6
ActorPresenter / Narrator1981
Movie
6.1
ActorColonel Cascorro1969
Movie
6.7
ActorCy Sedgewick1958
Movie
7.2
ActorSelf - Filmmaker / Various Roles (archive footage)2014
Movie
2.5
ActorAliens' Father (voice)1982
Movie
6.7
ActorVirgil Renchler1957
Movie
5.7
ActorThéo Van Horn1971
Movie
6.3
ActorLord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)1954
Movie
6.5
ActorNarrator (voice)1937
Movie
4.6
ActorMr. Cato1972
Movie
5.5
ActorAkerman, Marco's Teacher1965
Movie
7.9
ActorHimself (archive footage)1995
Movie
5.9
ActorKeystone Kop1938
Movie
6.7
ActorSir Hudson Lowe1955
Movie
4.8
ActorNarratore1978
Movie
5.6
ActorBenjamin Franklin1954
Movie
5.4
ActorPlankett1969
Movie
6
ActorDanny's Friend1987
Movie
6.1
ActorJustinian1968
Movie
6.7
Actor1967
Movie
5.9
ActorSigsbee Manderson1952
Movie
4.1
ActorHimself1978
Movie
6.5
ActorTiresias1968
Movie
5.5
ActorSanin Cejador y Mengues1954
Movie
6.5
ActorOpening Narrator1940
Movie
6.6
Actoras Russ Brewer1970
Movie
7.3
ActorHimself1984
Movie
7.7
ActorNarrator1970
Movie
5
ActorKlingsor1984
Movie
7.1
ActorHimself2015
Movie
6.2
ActorHimself (archive footage)1977
Movie
7.7
ActorSelf (archive footage)2018
Movie
6.1
ActorJustinian1969
Movie
7.2
ActorHimself (archive footage)2005
Movie
ActorEnglish Narrator1980
Movie
6.4
ActorSheriff Paisley1986
Movie
7.5
ActorHimself (archive footage)1997
Movie
7
ActorParklawn Mortuary (voice)1977
Movie
7
ActorNarrator (voice)1969
Movie
7.2
ActorNarrator (voice)1964
Movie
7
ActorNarrator1965
Movie
6.7
ActorNarrator (voice)1975
Movie
6.7
ActorPippo1981
Movie
ActorNarrator1984
Movie
ActorNarrator1970
Movie
7.1
ActorSelf - Filmmaker / Various Roles (archive footage)2018
Movie
7.3
ActorWinston Churchill1973
Movie
ActorHimself (Archive Footage)2019
Short Film
ActorNarrator1946
Movie
ActorHimself (archive footage)2005
Movie
6.7
ActorSelf2020
Movie
7.2
ActorNarrator1975
Movie
Actor1993
Movie
7.4
ActorNarrator (voice)1982
Movie
6.2
ActorRobert Fulton1960
Movie
ActorNarrator1983
Movie
6.3
ActorNarrator1958
Movie
7.3
ActorNarrator1958
Movie
7.2
ActorHimself (archive footage)1986
Movie
6.5
ActorNarrator1979
Movie
7.6
ActorSelf (archive footage)2018
Movie
8.1
ActorGenghis Khan / Bayan (archive footage)2010
Movie
ActorSelf (archive footage)2021
Movie
7.1
ActorSelf (archive footage)1995
Movie
Actor1999
Movie
ActorSelf (archive footage)2000
Movie
ActorKing Lear1953
Movie
ActorNarrator1970
Movie
ActorNarrator1975
Movie
ActorNarrator1979
Movie
ActorNarrator1983
Movie
ActorHimself (Archive Footage)1993
Movie
7.9
ActorSelf (archive footage)1996
Movie
ActorHimself (Archival Footage)2021
Movie
ActorNarrator1984
Movie
8.5
ActorSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)2021
Movie
5.8
ActorSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)1981
Movie
6.9
ActorSelf (archive footage)2006
Movie
6.2
Actorsex2013
Limited Series
7.9
ActorNarrator
2 Episodes
1978-1978
TV Show
7.1
ActorSelf - Host
26 Episodes
1973-1974
TV Show
7.1
ActorSelf - Host1955-1955
TV Show
7.7
ActorKing Lear
1 Episode
1952-1961
TV Show
Actor4 Episodes1984
TV Show
ActorHimself
9 Episodes
1964
TV Show
8.3
ActorSheridan Whiteside
1 Episode
1951-1952
TV Show
7.9
ActorSelf (archive footage)
1 Episode
2013
TV Show
7.8
ActorHimself (archive footage)
1 Episode
1963
TV Show
6.9
ActorOscar Jaffe
1 Episode
1955-1956
TV Show
7.7
ActorNarrator
1 Episode
1968-1971
TV Show
8.7
ActorOrson Welles
1 Episode
1951-1957
TV Show
8.2
Actor1 Episode1969-1973
TV Show
7.3
ActorSelf
2 Episodes
1951-1960
TV Show
7.9
Actor1 Episode1985-1989
TV Show
7.4
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1967-1973
TV Show
7.2
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1971
TV Show
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1973
TV Show
7.3
ActorSelf / King Lear
1 Episode
1948-1971
TV Show
8
Actor3 Episodes1980-1988
TV Show
8.3
ActorSelf - Guest
4 Episodes
1968-1986
TV Show
7.8
ActorSelf - Panelist
1 Episode
1950-1967
TV Show
6
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1962-1986
Short Film
5.5
ActorDeath1934
Short Film
6.9
ActorNarrator1952
Short Film
7.6
ActorSelf1943
Short Film
6.3
ActorNarrator1970
Short Film
5.8
ActorHimself1968
Short Film
6.3
Actorhimself1984
Short Film
7.2
ActorCaptain Ahab / Starbuck / Ishmael (archive footage)2000
Short Film
7.3
ActorWinston Churchill / George Bernard Shaw1971
Short Film
7.2
Actor1971
Short Film
6
ActorNarrator1972
Short Film
6.8
ActorHost1975
Short Film
6.8
ActorNarrator1977
Short Film
7.4
ActorNarrator1971
Short Film
7.4
ActorHimself1976
Short Film
5.8
ActorSelf1950
Short Film
ActorHimself1966
Short Film
ActorNarrator (voice)1980
Short Film
Actor1972
Short Film
7.6
ActorRonald Adams2004
Short Film
ActorNarrator1965
Short Film
6.6
ActorProfessor Richard Pierson / Self2016
Short Film
6.5
ActorSelf (archive footage)1981
Short Film
6.3
ActorNarrator/Bob (helpful taxi passenger)1944
Short Film
ActorNarrator1973
Short Film
ActorNarrator1967
Short Film
Actor1933
Short Film
6.6
Actor1990
Short Film
ActorMarcus Kleek1982
Movie
7.3
ActorCharles Clay1968
Movie
8.1
ActorSelf (archive footage)1993
Movie
7.4
Actor2001
Movie
6.1
ActorHenry F. Potter1977
Movie
7.3
Actor(archive footage)2003
Movie
7.9
ActorHimself(archive footage)1990
TV Special
7.2
ActorHimself1979
Movie
ActorMichelangelo (voice)1970
Movie
7.7
ActorHimself (archive footage)1990
Movie
7.7
ActorAn Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab1955
Movie
7.4
ActorNarrator1967
Movie
ActorHimself - Host1978
Movie
6.9
ActorHimself (archive footage)2000
Movie
7.3
ActorHimself1960
Movie
6.3
ActorSelf - Narrator1967
Movie
ActorSelf - Filmmaker (archive footage)2018
Movie
7.1
Actor1998
Movie
7.7
ActorNarrator1980
Movie
7.4
ActorSelf (archive footage)2020
Movie
7.5
ActorSelf1968
TV Special
1.1
ActorSelf - Special Guest1982
Movie
7.4
ActorSheridan Whiteside1972
Movie
8.5
ActorHimself1995
Movie
7
Actorthe narrator1958
Movie
7.1
ActorHimself1985
Movie
8
ActorNarrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)1975
Movie
7.3
ActorSelf - Narrator1982
TV Show
Actor1 Episode1975-1982
Movie
ActorSelf (Archive footage)2000
Movie
ActorHimself1983
Movie
7.3
Actor1958
Movie
7.8
ActorShylock1969
Movie
ActorSelf - Interviewee (archive footage)2022
Limited Series
7.9
ActorNarrator
5 Episodes
1980-1980
Limited Series
7.1
ActorHost: Orson Welles
7 Episodes
1955
TV Special
7.3
ActorSelf1982
Limited Series
ActorNarrator
7 Episodes
1981
Movie
8.1
DirectingDirector, Screenplay, Costume Design1965
Movie
8.3
DirectingDirector, Producer, Screenplay1941
Movie
6.2
CrewThanks2000
Movie
2.7
CrewThanks2010
Movie
6.1
DirectingDirector, Editor, Producer, Screenplay1992
Movie
8.2
DirectingDirector, Writer, Editor1973
Movie
7.3
DirectingDirector, Writer1978
Movie
7.4
DirectingDirector, Producer1981
Movie
7.2
DirectingDirector1993
Movie
7.8
ProductionAssociate Producer1943
Movie
6.6
WritingScreenplay, Producer1943
Movie
7.6
DirectingDirector, Screenplay, Producer, Costume Design, Set Designer1948
Movie
8.1
WritingOriginal Concept1947
Movie
7.2
DirectingDirector, Production Design, Costume Design, Editor, Producer, Screenplay, Story, Art Direction1955
Movie
7.5
DirectingDirector, Producer, Screenplay1951
Movie
5.2
SoundTheme Song Performance2016
Movie
6.7
ArtProduction Design, Writer1949
Movie
6.6
DirectingCo-Director1962
Movie
6.5
WritingWriter1966
Movie
5.5
WritingWriter1999
Movie
6.6
DirectingDirector, Screenplay, Producer1970
Movie
3.8
WritingOriginal Concept2007
Movie
7.8
DirectingDirector, Screenplay, Producer1947
Movie
8
DirectingDirector, Screenplay, Producer, Director of Photography1942
Movie
6.4
DirectingDirector, Editor, Screenplay2018
Movie
7.6
DirectingDirector, Co-Writer1946
Movie
7.4
DirectingDirector, Screenplay, Editor1962
Movie
6.9
CrewThanks1981
Movie
6.3
DirectingCo-Director, Theme Song Performance1954
Movie
5.9
DirectingDirector, Screenplay, Editor, Producer1938
Movie
8.2
DirectingDirector, Screenplay1958
Movie
5.8
WritingWriter1972
Movie
3.8
CrewOther1982
Movie
5.7
CrewThanks1988
Movie
7.4
SoundTheme Song Performance2019
Movie
6
CrewThanks1989
Movie
6.7
DirectingDirector2020
Movie
CrewThanks2018
Movie
SoundTheme Song Performance1994
Movie
SoundTheme Song Performance1996
TV Show
7.9
CrewThanks
1 Episode
1985-1989
TV Show
7.1
DirectingDirector, Screenplay, Creator
26 Episodes
1973-1974
TV Show
7.1
DirectingDirector1955-1955
TV Show
7.1
SoundTheme Song Performance
1 Episode
1964-1966
TV Show
CreatorCreator1984
TV Show
DirectingEditor, Director, Producer, Additional Camera, Creator
9 Episodes
1964
Short Film
7.4
ProductionProducer1971
Short Film
7.3
DirectingDirector, Writer, Editor1971
Short Film
7.2
DirectingDirector, Theatre Play, Editor2000
Short Film
5.5
DirectingDirector, Writer1934
Short Film
6.3
DirectingDirector1984
Short Film
5.8
DirectingDirector, Writer, Producer1968
Short Film
7.4
DirectingDirector, Writer, Producer1976
Short Film
DirectingDirector, Writer1982
Short Film
DirectingWriter, Director, Editor, Production Design, Producer, Music Arranger1972
Short Film
6.7
CrewThanks1998
Short Film
DirectingDirector1933
Short Film
5.1
WritingWriter1997
Movie
7.3
DirectingDirector, Screenplay1968
Movie
6
WritingScreenplay2002
TV Special
7.2
DirectingDirector, Writer1979
Movie
7.7
DirectingDirector, Writer1955
Movie
7
DirectingDirector, Production Design, Producer, Writer, Music Arranger1958
Movie
7.1
DirectingDirector, Producer, Writer1985
Movie
7.3
DirectingDirector, Writer1958
Movie
7.8
DirectingScreenplay, Director, Editor, Producer1969
Limited Series
7.1
DirectingDirector, Writer, Creator
7 Episodes
1955
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