Orson Welles

Orson Welles

Broadcaster, director, actor
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  • Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 861-864. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
  • Dated Eartha Kitt. He called her "the most exciting woman in the world."
  • Ranked #9 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!" (2005)
  • Father with Rita Hayworth of Rebecca Welles.
  • Daughter born. (27 March 1938)
  • Wrote his novel "Mr. Arkadian" during an extended stay with Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh. Welles was appearing at Olivier's St. James Theater in London at the time.
  • Father with Paola Mori of Beatrice Welles, whom Welles made the sole heir of his estate.
  • Was George Lucas' first choice as the voice for Darth Vader, but he thought the voice would be too recognizable.
  • Host/narrator of the BBC/Mutual Radio's "The Black Museum" (1952).
  • Longtime companion of Oja Kodar. They lived together until his death.
  • Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890- 1945". Pages 1168-1185. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
  • He was of Scottish, Irish and German heritage.
  • Was named #16 on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends list of the American Film Institute.
  • Is portrayed by Liev Schreiber in RKO 281 (1999) (TV), by Edward Edwards in Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983) (TV), by Eric Purcell in Malice in Wonderland (1985) (TV), by Vincent D'Onofrio in Ed Wood (1994), and by Angus Macfadyen in Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • Father, with Virginia Nicholson, of Christopher (b. 1937).
  • He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
  • Was voted the 2nd Greatest Film Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Was the subject of author Mary Pacios' book about the "Black Dahlia" murder in Los Angeles in 1947 (called the most gruesome in the city's history). Pacios claimed Welles was the unknown murderer who slaughtered struggling actress Elizabeth Short; however, the book was considered pure nonsense and debunked by many historians.
  • Was the narrator for many of the trailers for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
  • CBS wanted him to host "The Twilight Zone" (1959) but the producers felt that he requested too much money. He was ultimately ruled out in favor of the show's creator, Rod Serling.
  • John Ford, whom Welles admired as the greatest American director and who, in turn, admired Welles as a director and actor, wanted to cast him as Mayor Frank Skeffington in his movie adaption of Edwin O'Connor's novel The Last Hurrah (1958). Welles was unable to accept the role due to scheduling conflicts, and Spencer Tracy was cast instead.
  • Hated working on The Transformers: The Movie (1986), where he voiced Unicron. When asked about the film, he not only couldn't remember the name of his character, but he described the film as being "I play a big toy who attacks a bunch of smaller toys.".
  • His performance as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane (1941) is ranked #12 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • His performance as Harry Lime in The Third Man (1949) is ranked #93 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
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