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Orson Welles

Orson Welles

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Also Known As: Died: October 9, 1985
Born: May 6, 1915 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Born with anomalies of the spine which caused Welles pain throughout his life
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Moved to Chicago as a child
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First stage appearance, a walk-on bit in the Chicago Opera's production of "Samson and Delilah" at age five; then played "Madame Butterfly"'s child "Trouble"
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Parents separated when Welles was six; traveled after divorce
1927:
Became ward of Chicago doctor, Maurice Bernstein, at age 12 (date approximate)
1931:
Began tour of Ireland
1931:
First leading stage role at Dublin's Gate Theater in "Jew Suss"
1932:
Returned to USA
1934:
Broadway acting debut (as Tybalt) in "Romeo and Juliet"
1934:
Co-directed and acted in short film, "The Hearts of Age"
1934:
Radio acting debut
1936:
First major stage success as director, "Macbeth" (for Federal Theater Project, Harlem); featured an all-black cast which later went to Broadway and toured the country; often referred to as the "voodoo Macbeth" due to the Haitian setting and African-influenced witchcraft theme
1937:
Formed Mercury Theater with John Houseman
1937:
During one Broadway season, helmed four major successes for the Mercury Theatre, beginning with a modern-dress "Julius Caesar"; generally hailed as one of the great stage talents of the day
1938:
Made national headlines with CBS radio broadcast (for "Mercury Theatre of the Air") of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" (the night of October 30)
1938:
First short film as solo director, "Too Much Johnson" (also co-producer; writer); was to be incorporated into play of same name which never made it to Broadway; sole extant print allegedly lost in fire in 1970
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Signed by RKO; given carte blanche; originally planned several other films, including an adaptation of "Heart of Darkness," before settling on the less ambitious "Citizen Kane"
1940:
Was voice-over narrator of RKO's "Swiss Family Robinson"
1941:
Feature film directing, producing, acting and co-writing (with Herman Mankiewicz) debut, "Citizen Kane"
1942:
Just before completion of shooting of second film, "The Magnificent Ambersons," was sent by RKO (through a Nelson Rockefeller-run government office) as cultural ambassador to South America to keep positive relations with USA; shot footage for omnibus film "It's All True"; due to wartime flying restrictions unable to directly supervise editing of "Ambersons" from Brazil; film subsequently taken out of his hands and edited by Robert Wise with new footage added; after new ownership at RKO, Welles' contract ended
1943:
With romantic leading role as Rochester in "Jane Eyre" began acting in films directed by others
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Rejected by draft board (due to asthma and flat feet); during remaining war years had various radio shows and worked as a journalist, often praising his friend, President Roosevelt
1946:
Directed and starred in (for producer Sam Spiegel/Sam S Eagle) only commercially successful directorial effort, "The Stranger"
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Self-imposed exile in Europe; had trouble with back taxes
1953:
TV acting debut in Peter Brook's "King Lear"
1954:
Hosted BBC series, "The Orson Welles Sketchbook" (date approximate)
1955:
Wrote and starred in the stage play "Moby Dick--Rehearsed"; performed in London
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Returned to USA for starring role on Broadway in own production of "King Lear"; hired first as actor, then director, of Charlton Heston screen vehicle "Touch of Evil"
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Moved back to Europe
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Returned to USA in 1970s
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Regularly seen in TV commercials for Paul Masson wines in 1980s
1993:
Reconstruction of substantial parts of "It's All True" publicly premiered at New York Film Festival
1998:
Restored version of "Touch of Evil" using Welles' 17-page memo as guideline premiered

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