Orson Welles

Actor Orson Welles Full Name: Orson Welles [George Orson Welles]
Nationality: American

Profession: Actor
Why Famous: best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably "Caesar" (1937), a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar; in radio, the debut of the Mercury Theatre, whose "The War of the Worlds" (1938), is one of the most famous broadcasts in the history of radio; and in film, "Citizen Kane" (1941), consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films.

Born: May 6, 1915
Star Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Died: October 10, 1985 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1943-09-07 "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (24) weds actor-director Orson Welles (28)

Historical Events in the Life of Orson Welles

  • 1938-10-30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic
  • 1941-05-01 "Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY
  • 1952-05-10 5th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice" directed by Orson Welles and "Two Cents Worth of Hope" directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

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