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Birthday: May 6, 1915
Place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Height: 6' 1"
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His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein. In 1931 he graduated from the Todd School in Woodstock, Illinois; he turned down college offers for a sketching tour of Ireland. He tried unsuccessfully to enter the London and Broadway stages, traveling some more in Morocco and Spain (where he fought in the bullring). Recommendations by Thornton Wilder and Alexander Woollcott got him into Katherine Cornell's road company, with which he made his New York debut as Tybalt in 1934. The same year he married, directed his first short, and appeared on radio for the first time. He began working with John Houseman and formed the Mercury Theatre with him in 1937. In 1938 they produced "The Mercury Theatre on the Air", famous for its broadcast version of "The War of the Worlds" (intended as a Halloween prank). His first film to be seen by the public was Citizen Kane (1941), a commercial failure losing RKO 0,000, but regarded by many as the best film ever made. Many of his next films were commercial failures and he exiled himself to Europe in 1948. In 1956 he directed Touch of Evil (1958); it failed in the U.S. but won a prize at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. In 1975, in spite of all his box-office failures, he received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1984 the Directors Guild of America awarded him its highest honor, the D.W. Griffith Award. His reputation as a film maker has climbed steadily ever since.
- Dated Eartha Kitt. He called her "the most exciting woman in the world."
- Once ate 18 hotdogs in one sitting at Pink's (a Los Angeles hot dog institution).
- On old time radio, Orson Welles provided the voice for Lamont Cranston, aka THE SHADOW.
- H.G. Wells was driving through San Antonio, Texas and stopped to ask the way. The person he happened to ask was none other than Orson Welles who had recently broadcast "The War of the Worlds" on the radio. They got on well and spent the day together.
- Daughter born. [27 March 1938]
- 'American Broadcasting Company (ABC) [us]' wanted him to play Mr. Roarke on "Fantasy Island" (1978), but Aaron Spelling insisted on Ricardo Montalban.
- Died the same day as Yul Brynner.
- Ashes are buried inside an old well covered by flowers, within the rural property of retired bullfighter Antonio Ordóñez, Ronda, Malaga, Spain.
- One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. (The other five actors are: Alan Arkin, James Dean, Paul Muni, Montgomery Clift and Lawrence Tibbett)
- Father, with Rita Hayworth, of Rebecca (born 1944) (died October 17, 2004). She was survived by her husband Guy, her son Marc and 3 stepchildren as well as her 8 grandchildren and her 3 half-siblings Yasmin, Christopher and Beatrice.
- Father, with Paola Mori, of Beatrice (b. 1955).
- Father, with Virginia Nicholson, of Christopher (b. 1937).
- On 30 October 1938, he directed the Mercury Theatre On the Air in a dramatization of "War of the Worlds", based on H.G. Wells' novel. Setting the events in then-contemporary locations (The "landing spot" for the Martian invasion, Grover's Mill, New Jersey, was chosen at random with a New Jersey road map) and dramatizing it in the style of a musical program interrupted by news bulletins, complete with eye-witness accounts, it caused a nationwide panic, with many listeners fully convinced that the Earth was being invaded by Mars. The next day, Welles publicly apologized. While many lawsuits were filed against both Welles and the CBS radio network, all were dismissed. The incident is mentioned in textbook accounts of mass hysteria and the delusions of crowds.
- Despite his reputation as an actor and master film-maker, he maintained his membership in the Magicians' Union, and regularly practiced sleight-of-hand magic in case his career came to an abrupt end.
- A bootleg tape of a short-tempered (and foul-mouthed) Orson Welles arguing with a recording engineer during a voice-over session has been widely distributed. It was used as the basis for an episode of the cartoon show "Pinky and the Brain" (1995), with The Brain reading cleaned-up verions of Orson's rantings (the episode's title, "Yes, Always", is taken from one of Orson's complaints). Ironically, the actor who plays The Brain, Maurice LaMarche, dubbed the voice of the actor who portrays Orson Welles in Ed Wood (1994).
- He was born on the same day that Babe Ruth hit his very first home run.
- Declined the chance to be the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars (1977).
- He tried to make a film version of the book Don Quixote. He started working on it in 1955 and continued to film through the 1970s with Francisco Reiguera and Akim Tamiroff starring. An incomplete version was released in Spain in 1992.
- Made a Hollywood satire, The Other Side of the Wind (1972), starring John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich. Though it was completed, the post-production process was not and the film also ran into legal problems.
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
- Frank Sinatra was the godfather of one of his daughters.
- Host/narrator of the BBC/Mutual Radio's "The Black Museum" (1952).
- Portrayed the title character on the syndicated radio show "The Lives of Harry Lime" (also known as "The Third Man") (1951-1952). It was based on his character from the film The Third Man (1949).
- Has the distinction of appearing in both the American Film Institute and British Film Institute's #1 movie. For AFI it was Citizen Kane (1941). For BFI it was The Third Man (1949).
- He was the studio's first choice to play the voiceover role of "OMM" in THX 1138 (1971). However, director George Lucas insisted on casting the relatively unknown stage actor James Wheaton instead.
- Provided voice for some songs of heavy metal band Manowar: Dark Avenger and Defender
- He became obese in his 40s, weighing over 350 pounds towards the end of his life.
- Was possibly not as tall as is often reported. According to Simon Callow in the excellent biography "Orson Welles: The Road To Xanadu," medical records exist from a Welles physical in 1941. His weight is listed as 218, and his height at 72" - 6 feet even. Biographers Charles Higham and Frank Brady describe Welles as being 6'2", though they never provide a source. Biographer Barbara Leaming often comments on his height, but never gives an exact measurement. An early Current Biography article on Welles describes him as being "tall and chubby," while a later one gives the obviously incorrect 6'3-1/2" height. If you average all the figures and based on his size compared to other actors, he probably in fact stood a little over 6 feet tall (6'1" to 6'2").
- Was voted the 2nd Greatest Film Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890- 1945". Pages 1168-1185. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
- His 1937 Broadway stage production of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", in which the setting was changed to a modern Fascist Rome to reflect the Mussolini era, but in which Shakespeare's language was completely retained, became, and still remains, the longest-running Broadway production of the play. Welles played Brutus. This production was never filmed, but years later, Welles' former working partner John Houseman produced a traditional film version of the play for MGM, starring James Mason as Brutus, Marlon Brando as Marc Antony and John Gielgud as Cassius.
- 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.
- When he signed on to direct Touch of Evil (1958), instead of reading the book on which it was based, a pulp novel named "Badge of Evil," he completely changed an early draft of the script.
- Narrated the teaser trailer for Star Wars (1977).
- Told Peter Bogdanovich that, as a practicing magician, he became adept at the old carny trick of fortune-telling, but he became so good at it that it scared him. He was worried that he'd come to believe he actually DID have the power to tell the future, like the self-deluded fortune tellers known as a "shut eye."
- Wanted to make films of two literary masterpices, Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" and Joseph Heller's "Catch-22", but had to be satisfied in having supporting roles in the films made of the two books by John Huston and Mike Nichols.
- 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.
- Laurence Olivier had wanted to cast him as Buckingham in his film of Shakespeare's "Richard III" but gave the role to Ralph Richardson, his oldest friend, because Richardson wanted it. In his autobiography, Olivier says he wishes he had disappointed Richardson and cast Welles instead, as he would have brought an extra element to the screen, an intelligence that would have gone well with the plot element of conspiracy.
- Lobbied to get the part of Don Vito Corrleone in The Godfather (1972). Francis Ford Coppola, a fan of his, had to turn him down because he already had Marlon Brando in mind for the role and felt Welles wouldn't be right for it.
- He made The Lady from Shanghai (1947) towards the end of his marriage to Rita Hayworth. They were constantly fighting at the time and (some say as a comeuppance to Hayworth) he made her cut off most of her long, luxurious red hair and dye it bright platinum blonde.
- Was named #16 on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends list of the American Film Institute.
- Was the narrator for many of the trailers for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
- In his collection of interviews, "This Is Orson Welles", he claimed to have never even read his so-called novelization of "Mr Arkadin", let alone written it.
- Before deciding on adapting the life of William Randolph Hearst in Citizen Kane (1941), he intended his first film to be an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". Ironically enough, he was Francis Ford Coppola's first choice for the role of Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (1979), itself an adaptation of "Heart of Darkness".
- His average dinner famously consisted of two steaks cooked rare, and a pint of scotch - explaining his obesity as he got older, and his subsequent death.
- 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)
- Ranked #9 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!" 
- His father was an alcoholic
- Considered black and white to be "the actor's best friend", feeling that it focused more on the actor's expressions and feelings than on hair, eye or wardrobe color.
- Was very good friends with Peter Bogdanovich, in whose house he lived for several years during Bogdanovich's affair with Cybill Shepherd. Welles even gave Bogdanovich written instructions to finish his last film, _Other Side of the Wind, The (1974)_ , before his death.
- Was a passionate painter
- Most of his movie projects never got finished or released due to financial problems and disputes with studio executives. Some of his unfinished productions are: The Deep (1970) (Laurence Harvey's death made a finished movie impossible), The Merchant of Venice (1969) (TV) and Don Quijote de Orson Welles (1992).
- Longtime companion of Oja Kodar. They lived together until his death.
- Is portrayed by Paul Shenar in the made-for-TV film The Night That Panicked America (1975) (TV), which dramatized Welles' "War of the Worlds" radio drama.
- Has been played by Vincent D'Onofrio twice: Ed Wood (1994) and Five Minutes, Mr. Welles (2005).
- In the 1930s he worked at various radio stations in New York City, at different times of the day. He found it difficult to be on time for his live shows because he had to use taxicabs and the heavy New York City traffic meant that he was often late. He soon found a loophole in the law that said you didn't have to be sick to hire an ambulance, so he did just that and had the drivers blast their sirens as he traveled from one station to the next, and that way he was on time.
- Profiled in in J.A. Aberdeen's "Hollywood Renegades: The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers". Palos Verdes Estates, CA: Cobblestone Entertainment
- Merv Griffin claims in his new DVD collection, "Merv Griffin: Interesting People" that Welles died two hours after giving Merv an interview in which he had said to ask him anything, "for this interview there are no subjects about which I won't speak." In the past, Welles refused to speak about the past.
- His performance as Harry Lime in "The Third Man" (1949) is ranked #93 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- His performance as Charles Foster Kane in "Citizen Kane" (1941) is ranked #12 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Hated working on 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."
- 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' (Qv)'s novel _Last Hurrah, the (1958)_ . Welles was unable to accept the role due to scheduling conflicts, and Spencer Tracy was cast instead.
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