Orson Welles

Orson Welles
1915 - 1985

Orson Welles  American Actor

George Orson Welles (/ˈwɛlz/; May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1...

Confirmed Relationships20
Longest Relationship30 yrs, 9 mths
Average Relationship Length3 yrs, 7 mths
Rumored Relationships10
First Name Orson
Last Name Welles
Full Name at Birth George Orson Welles
Age 70 (age at death) years
Birthday 6th May, 1915
Birthplace Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Died 10th October, 1985
Place of Death Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of Death Heart Failure
Height 6' 1½" (187 cm)
Build Large
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Distinctive Feature His Deep Voice
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Sexuality Straight
Religion Protestant
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Todd School, Woodstock, IL (1930)
Occupation Text Actor, director, writer, producer, voice actor
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Citizen Kane
Year(s) Active 1931–1985
Father Richard Hodgdon Head Welles
Mother Beatrice Ives
Family Member Christopher Welles (son), Rebecca Welles Manning (daughter), Beatrice Welles (daughter)
Friend Howard Hawks, Joseph Cotten, Frank Sinatra, H.G. Wells, John Houseman, Bud Cort, John Ford, James Cagney, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Wise, John Huston, Peter Viertel, Dean Martin, Gary Graver, Roger Hill, Ben Hecht, Teddy Stauffer, Ingmar Bergman, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Gerald Mohr, Agnes Moorehead, Beatriz Costa, Marlena Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Lucille Ball, Fay Wray, Clifford Odets
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Orson Welles70 TaurusActor
Oja Kodar75Actress
Marlene Dietrich90 CapricornActress
Gina Lollobrigida88 CancerActress
Paola Mori56Actress
Katherine Dunham95 CancerDancer
Ludmilla Tchérina79 LibraActress
Vivien Leigh53 ScorpioActress
Eartha Kitt81 CapricornActress
Wanda Hendrix52 ScorpioActress
Nancy Valentine88 AquariusActress
Marie McDonald42 CancerActress
Judy Garland47 GeminiActress
Lea Padovani70 LeoActress
Billie Holiday44 AriesSinger
Rita Hayworth68 LibraActress
Dolores del Rio77 LeoActress
Gloria Vanderbilt92 PiscesDesigner
Geraldine Fitzgerald91 SagittariusActress
Lynn Remar79 ScorpioModel
Vera Zorina86 CapricornActress
Virginia Nicolson-Actress
Denise Parker42 SagittariusSports Star
Corinne Calvet76 TaurusActress
Silvana Pampanini90 LibraActress
Vampira86 SagittariusActress
Geraldine Page62 ScorpioActress
Lena Horne92 CancerSinger
Lili St. Cyr80 GeminiDancer
Lucille Ball77 LeoComedian
Nancy Berg84 CancerModel
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Michael Edward
Male4th May, 194076 years old
Michael Edward
Male5th May, 194076 years old
Female17th December, 194471 years old

Onscreen Matchups


Someone to Love1987 Danny's Friend Movie
The Transformers: The Movie1986 Unicron Movie
The Enchanted Journey1984 Pippo (voice) Movie
Where Is Parsifal?1984 Klingsor Movie
Hot Money1983 Sheriff Paisley Movie
Butterfly1982 Judge Rauch Movie
Slapstick (Of Another Kind)1982 Aliens' Father (voice, uncredited) Movie
Wagner and Venice1982 Richard Wagner TV Show
History of the World: Part I1981 Narrator (voice) Movie
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow1981 Narrator Movie
Tales of the Klondike1981 Narrator TV Show
Tajna Nikole Tesle1980 J.P. Morgan Movie
Shogun1980 Narrator (original version) (voice) TV Show
Shogun1980 Narrator (voice) TV Movie
Magnum, P.I.1980 Robin Masters TV Show
The Greenstone1980 Narrator (voice) Short Film
The Double McGuffin1979 Narrator (voice) Movie
The Muppet Movie1979 Lew Lord Movie
The New Media Bible: Book of Genesis1979 Narrator Movie
The Biggest Battle1978 Narrator (voice, uncredited) Movie
A Woman Called Moses1978 Narrator (voice) TV Movie
Hot Tomorrows1977 Parklawn Mortuary (voice) Movie
It Happened One Christmas1977 Henry F. Potter TV Movie
Rime of the Ancient Mariner1977 Narrator (voice) Short Film
Some Call It Greed1977 Narrator (voice) Movie
Voyage of the Damned1976 José Estedes Movie
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi1975 Chuchundra TV Show
Ten Little Indians1974 U. N. Owen Movie
The Legend of Doom House1974 Cassavius Movie
The Battle of Sutjeska1973 Winston Churchill Movie
Great Mysteries1973 TV Show
Get to Know Your Rabbit1972 Mr. Delasandro Movie
Necromancy1972 Mr. Cato Movie
Treasure Island1972 Long John Silver Movie
The Man Who Came to Dinner1972 Sheridan Whiteside TV Movie
A Safe Place1971 The Magician Movie
Ten Days Wonder1971 Théo Van Horn - un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison Movie
London1971 Winston Churchill Short Film
Freedom River1971 Narrator (voice) Short Film
Catch-221970 Brig. Gen. Dreedle Movie
Start the Revolution Without Me1970 The Narrator Movie
The Deep1970 Russ Brewer Movie
The Kremlin Letter1970 Bresnavitch Movie
Waterloo1970 Louis XVIII Movie
Is It Always Right to Be Right?1970 Narrator (voice) Short Film
The Golden Honeymoon1970 Short Film
Upon This Rock1970 Michelangelo TV Movie
12 + 11969 Maurice Markau Movie
Kampf um Rom II - Der Verrat1969 Justinian Movie
The Battle of Neretva1969 Senator Movie
The Southern Star1969 Plankett Movie
The Merchant of Venice1969 Shylock Short Film
Night Gallery1969 Narrator (segment "Silent Snow, Secret Snow") TV Show
To Build a Fire1969 Narrator (voice) Movie
House of Cards1968 Leschenhaut Movie
Tepepa1968 Colonel Cascorro Movie
Oedipus the King1968 Tiresias Movie
The Immortal Story1968 Mr. Charles Clay TV Movie
The Last Roman1968 Emperor Justinian Movie
The Name of the Game1968 Narrator TV Show
Casino Royale1967 Le Chiffre Movie
I'll Never Forget What's'isname1967 Jonathan Lute Movie
The Sailor from Gibraltar1967 Louis de Mozambique Movie
A Man for All Seasons1966 Cardinal Wolsey Movie
Is Paris Burning?1966 Consul Raoul Nordling Movie
Chimes at Midnight1965 Falstaff Movie
Marco the Magnificent1965 Akerman, Marco's Tutor Movie
La isla del tesoro1965 Long John Silver Movie
Treasure Island1965 Long John Silver Movie
The Finest Hours1964 Narrator (voice) Movie
Ro.Go.Pa.G.1963 The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta") Movie
The V.I.P.s1963 Max Buda Movie
The Trial1962 Albert Hastler - The Advocate, Narrator Movie
King of Kings1961 Narrator (voice, uncredited) Movie
Lafayette1961 Benjamin Franklin Movie
I tartari1961 Burundai Movie
Crack in the Mirror1960 Hagolin Movie
David and Goliath1960 King Saul Movie
The Battle of Austerlitz1960 Robert Fulton Movie
An Arabian Night1960 Storyteller TV Movie
Compulsion1959 Jonathan Wilk Movie
Ferry to Hong Kong1959 Captain Hart Movie
High Journey1959 Narrator (voice) Short Film
South Seas Adventure1958 Supplemental Narrator (voice) Movie
The Long, Hot Summer1958 Will Varner Movie
The Roots of Heaven1958 Cy Sedgewick Movie
The Vikings1958 Narrator (voice, uncredited) Movie
Touch of Evil1958 Police Captain Hank Quinlan Movie
The Fountain of Youth1958 Host, narrator Short Film
Masters of the Congo Jungle1958 Narrator, English Language Version (voice) Movie
Colgate Theatre1958 Narrator TV Show
Man in the Shadow1957 Virgil Renchler Movie
Moby Dick1956 Father Mapple Movie
Mr. Arkadin1955 Gregory Arkadin Movie
Napoléon1955 Sir Hudson Lowe Movie
Three Cases of Murder1955 Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment) Movie
Moby Dick Rehearsed1955 Father Mapple TV Movie
Ford Star Jubilee1955 Oscar Jaffe TV Show
Royal Affairs in Versailles1954 Benjamin Franklin Movie
Trouble in the Glen1954 Sanin Cejador y Mengues Movie
Return to Glennascaul1953 Narrator, Orson Welles Short Film
L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù1953 Captain Perella - the Beast Movie
Othello1952 Othello Movie
Trent's Last Case1952 Sigsbee Manderson Movie
Omnibus1952 King Lear TV Show
The Black Rose1950 Bayan Movie
Black Magic1949 Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro Movie
Prince of Foxes1949 Cesare Borgia Movie
The Third Man1949 Harry Lime Movie
Macbeth1948 Macbeth Movie
The Lady from Shanghai1947 Michael O'Hara Movie
Duel in the Sun1946 Narrator (voice, uncredited) Movie
The Stranger1946 Professor Charles Rankin Movie
Tomorrow Is Forever1946 John Andrew MacDonald Movie
Follow the Boys1944 Orson Welles Movie
Jane Eyre1943 Edward Rochester Movie
Journey Into Fear1943 Colonel Haki Movie
The Magnificent Ambersons1942 Narrator (voice) Movie
Citizen Kane1941 Kane Movie
Swiss Family Robinson1940 Opening Narrator (uncredited) Movie
The Green Goddess1939 Rajah, Narrator Movie
Too Much Johnson1938 Keystone Kop Short Film
The Hearts of Age1934 Death Short Film
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CraigSnyderMay 3, 2013

Orson scared the nation with War of the Worlds and then scared people by selling no wine before its time for Paul Masson

KafkaskFeb 1, 2013

You incorrectly list Christopher Welles as his son - Christopher is his daughter.

roxxi40LJan 13, 2011

Orson Welles and Marie McDonald enounter was in Sept. 1947, was`nt one of a romantic nature.

roxxi40LAug 2, 2010

Orson Welles and Lucille Ball met orignally in 1939. Where Mr. Welles was contacted by RKO Studio`s to due 2 Films for them. The second Film was The Smiler With The Knife RKO declined the film project becuase they lacked faith in Lucille Ball`s ability to carry the leading lady Role. In 1956 Orson Welles Guest starred on one of The I Love Lucy Shows and he also began Filming a projected Plot For Desilu. The studio owned by Lucille Ball, her Husband Desi Arnaz, who had recently purchased the former RKO studios. The Film was The Fountain Of Youth , Based on a true story by John Collier. Originally deemed not viable as a pilot,the Film was`nt aired until 1958. It won the Peabody Award for excellence. Lucy and Orson (E)1939-1958 (working relationship).

RebelEdApr 18, 2010

(George) Orson Welles made the prototype of the modern American film with Citizen Hearst (sorry: Kane) in his early 20s. He is a genius who was partly consumed by his own success, but the film world will forever reap from his innovations. He must have been like The Brain, occasionally roaring in his double-base voice; THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT WHEN I TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

Ian KrumholtzNov 11, 2009

Orson wells was denied entry into hollywood`s elite` because he was not jewish, his life destroyed by jealous people who could not stand his talent or genius, the same thing happened to Geroge Lucas.

thriftstorejunkieJun 21, 2009

Orson Welles was a plenteous and diverse creative talent who was simply too ambitious, creative, stubborn and daring for Hollywood filmmaking; he was truly one of the few American-born directors that monumentally mattered during his lifetime, and despite the ruination of a few of his films, Welles still contains one of the most eminent and fascinating resumes of any filmmaker to have ever lived.

Bohemian_SweetieFeb 11, 2009


Jigglypuff67Aug 28, 2008

I love you so much Orson! You were such a genius! And boy, were you handsome in your youth!

Jigglypuff67Aug 5, 2008

Okay: DO NOT BELEIVE IN THIS MITCH MILLER THING!!! Welles was not gay, everybody. This is all a misunderstanding.

BerryCreamyAug 4, 2008

Nobody`s edited this ? Come on! Welles wasn`t gay! If you can take Ellen off of Gillian Anderson`s page, you can surly take Mitch Miller off of here! Please, for the love of God, TAKE HIM OFF!!!!!!!

Jigglypuff67Aug 3, 2008

Okay, somebody can take Mitch Miller out of here now, please.

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