Orson Welles

Orson Welles

Highest Rated: 100% Jane Eyre (1944)

Lowest Rated: 0% The V.I.P.s (1963)

Birthday: May 06, 1915

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

An undeniable pioneer in both radio and film, actor-director Orson Welles used his bona fide genius to change the face of both mediums with imagination, ambition, and technically daring. Having started off as a performer on stage, most notably with John Houseman, with whom he formed the famed Mercury Theatre, Welles used his distinctive baritone voice to create innovative radio dramas. He became famous - notorious, even - following his 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," which he presented as a real time news event, sparking panic among listeners who thought Martians really were invading New Jersey. The fame he achieved in the wake of the broadcast attracted RKO Pictures, where he made the most stunning directorial debut in the history of cinema with "Citizen Kane" (1941), long considered to be the greatest film ever made. Using innovative narrative and technological techniques, Welles singlehandedly changed the face of cinema, earning the nickname the Boy Wonder. He went on to direct "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942), though both films were financial failures that prompted his exit from RKO. After marrying Love Goddess Rita Hayworth and directing "The Stranger" (1946) and "Macbeth" (1948), Welles began a 10-year self-imposed Hollywood exile that saw him appear onscreen in movies like "The Third Man" (1949) while directing well-received films overseas like "Othello" (1952) and "Mr. Arkadin" (1955). He returned to Hollywood to helm "Touch of Evil" (1958), a classic film noir, while suffering a commercial drubbing with his adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Trial" (1962). His take on Shakespeare's famed character, Falstaff, in "Chimes at Midnight" (1966) again earned international acclaim despite being largely ignored in the United States. Though he fell on hard times in the 1970s, Welles nonetheless remained busy with numerous projects in various stages of completion while appearing onscreen in a number of performances and using his distinctive voice in a variety of narrator roles. When he died in 1985, Welles left behind a legacy as a consummate artist and true auteur whose influence was profoundly felt by several generations of filmmakers.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
89% No Score Yet Hopper/Welles Unknown (Character),
Director
- 2020
84% 58% The Other Side of the Wind Director,
Screenwriter,
Film Editor
- 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Searching for Orson Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brunnen (The Well) Unknown (Character) - 2005
83% 70% It's All True Director - 1993
No Score Yet 43% Hollywood Mavericks Unknown (Character) - 1990
71% 55% Someone to Love Danny's Friend (Character) $10.4K 1987
58% 88% The Transformers: The Movie Unicron (Voice) $5.5M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Search for the Titanic Narrator - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greenstone Narrator - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gold Lust Narrator - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Way to Bresson Himself (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where Is Parsifal? Klingsor (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Money Sheriff Paisley (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zen Business Sheriff Paisley (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 33% Butterfly Judge Rauch (Character) $15.4K 1981
No Score Yet 76% Genocide Narrator - 1981
No Score Yet 73% The Secret of Nikola Tesla J.P. Morgan (Character) - 1980
88% 88% The Muppet Movie Lew Lord (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 89% The Enchanted Journey Pippo (Voice) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Happened One Christmas Henry F. Potter (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Narrator - 1977
83% 53% Voyage of the Damned José Estedes (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Orson Welles' F for Fake Trailer Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1976
No Score Yet 33% Ten Little Indians Voice of Tape (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 78% Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Unknown (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Challenge: A Tribute to Modern Art Narrator - 1975
88% 89% F for Fake Himself (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
- 1973
No Score Yet 18% Treasure Island Long John Silver (Character),
Writer
- 1972
60% No Score Yet Ten Days' Wonder Unknown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 65% Malpertuis Cassavius (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 44% Get to Know Your Rabbit Mr. Delasandro (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 33% The Witching Mr. Cato (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Doom House Cassavius (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 22% A Safe Place The Magician (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Enemy Before Us Narrator - 1971
27% 82% Waterloo Louis XVIII (Character) - 1970
79% 76% Catch-22 Brig. Gen. Dreedle (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 67% Twelve Plus One Maurice Markau (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 61% The Kremlin Letter Bresnavitch (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 + 1 Markan (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Merchant of Venice Shylock (Character),
Director
- 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Southern Star Plankett (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 64% The Battle of Neretva Senator (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 60% Blood and Guns Colonel Cascorro (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oedipus the King Tiresias (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Roman Emperor Justinian (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Cards Leschenhaut (Character) - 1968
92% 71% The Immortal Story Mr. Charles Clay (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sailor From Gibraltar Louis de Mozambique (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 52% I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name Jonathan Lute (Character) - 1967
25% 34% Casino Royale Le Chiffre (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet A King's Story Narrator - 1967
71% 71% Is Paris Burning? Consul Raoul Nordling (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marco the Magnificent Akerman (Marco's Tutor) (Character) - 1966
83% 87% A Man for All Seasons Cardinal Wolsey (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 79% Buster Keaton Rides Again Narrator - 1965
98% 85% Chimes at Midnight Falstaff (Character),
Director,
Writer
$123.4K 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Finest Hours Narrator - 1964
83% 87% The Trial Albert Hastler (The Advocate) (Character),
Director,
Writer (Screenplay),
Film Editor
$19.2K 1963
0% 45% The V.I.P.s Max Buda (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lafayette Benjamin Franklin (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 80% Rogopag The "Director" (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tartars Burundai (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 60% Crack in the Mirror Hagolin/Lamerciere (Character) - 1960
40% No Score Yet Battle of Austerlitz Robert Fulton (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 41% David and Goliath King Saul (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 0% Ferry to Hong Kong Captain Hart (Character) - 1959
100% 86% Compulsion Jonathan Wilk (Character) - 1959
89% 83% The Long, Hot Summer Will Varner (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 50% The Roots of Heaven Cy Sedgewick (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masters of the Congo Jungle Narrator - 1958
95% 92% Touch of Evil Police Captain Hank Quinlan (Character),
Director,
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1958
No Score Yet 79% Man in the Shadow Virgil Renchler (Character) - 1957
86% 73% Moby Dick Father Mapple (Character) - 1956
74% 81% Mr. Arkadin Gregory Arkadin (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1955
No Score Yet 88% Around the World with Orson Welles Unknown (Character),
Director
- 1955
No Score Yet 85% Napoleon Sir Hudson Lowe (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Royal Affairs in Versailles Benjamin Franklin (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 40% Trouble in the Glen Sanin Cejador y Mengues (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet King Lear King Lear (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Orson Welles' Ghost Story Narrator - 1953
No Score Yet 71% Three Cases of Murder Lord Mountdrago (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 14% Trent's Last Case Sigsbee Manderson (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 90% Othello Othello (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1952
No Score Yet 83% Return to Glennascaul (Orson Welles' Ghost Story) (A Story That Is Told in Dublin) Unknown (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 49% The Black Rose Bayan (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 57% Prince of Foxes Cesare Borgia (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 36% Magia Negra Unknown (Character) - 1949
99% 93% The Third Man The Third Man (Character) $447K 1949
No Score Yet 80% Black Magic Cagliostro (Character),
Director
- 1949
85% 77% Macbeth Macbeth (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer,
Costume Designer
- 1948
83% 85% The Lady From Shanghai Michael O'Hara (Character),
Director,
Writer (Screenplay),
Producer
- 1948
97% 88% Monsieur Verdoux Writer $60.6K 1947
No Score Yet 84% Tomorrow Is Forever John Andrew MacDonald/Erik Kessler (Character) - 1946
96% 81% The Stranger Professor Charles Rankin (Character),
Director
- 1946
100% 83% Jane Eyre Edward Rochester (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow the Boys Mercury Wonder Show (Character) - 1944
89% 85% The Magnificent Ambersons Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1942
79% 49% Journey Into Fear Colonel Haki (Character),
Producer
- 1942
100% 90% Citizen Kane Charles Foster Kane (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer
$977.3K 1941
No Score Yet 64% Too Much Johnson Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1938
80% 40% The Spanish Earth Narrator - 1937
No Score Yet 43% The Hearts of Age Death (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1934

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet 98% I Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1956

QUOTES FROM Orson Welles CHARACTERS

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud...

Mary Longstreet says: You killed him?

Prof. Charles Rankin says: With these hands. The same hands that have held you close to me.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Sgt. Towser says: A man was killed in his plane over Avignon last week and bled all over him. His clothes haven't come back from the laundry yet.

Gen. Dreedle says: Where are his other uniforms?

Sgt. Towser says: In the laundry too, sir.

Gen. Dreedle says: Where are his underwear?

Sgt. Towser says: In the laundry, sir.

Gen. Dreedle says: That sounds like a lot of crap to me.

Capt. Yossarian says: It is a lot of crap, sir.

Gen. Dreedle says: Why aren't you wearing clothes, Captain?

Capt. Yossarian says: I don't wanna.

Gen. Dreedle says: What do you mean you don't want to, why the hell don't you?

Capt. Yossarian says: I don't know, I just don't wanna [laughs].

Gen. Dreedle says: Why isn't he wearing clothes?

Col. Korn says: [to Cathcart] He's talking to you.

Col. Cathcart says: Why isn't he wearing clothes, Major?

Major Major says: Why isn't he wearing clothes, Sergeant?

Gen. Dreedle says: There'll be no more moaning in this outfit. The next man who moans is going to be very sorry.

Charles Foster Kane says: I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do?

Charles Foster Kane says: We have no secrets from our readers. Mr. Thatcher is one of our most devoted readers, Mr. Bernstein. He knows what's wrong with every issue since I've taken charge.

Charles Foster Kane says: I always gagged on the silver spoon.

Charles Foster Kane says: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man.

Walter Parks Thatcher says: Don't you think you are?

Charles Foster Kane says: I think I did pretty well under the circumstances.

Walter Parks Thatcher says: What would you like to have been?

Charles Foster Kane says: Everything you hate.

Charles Foster Kane says: This gentleman was saying...

Boss Jim Gettys says: I am not a gentleman. I don't even know what a gentleman is.

Charles Foster Kane says: You can take my word for it. There'll be no war.

D.A. Horn says: The state psychiatrists have declared them completely sane.

Jonathan Wilk says: Yes, after a searching and exhausting study. Isn't that right Harold? 10 minutes in a crowded hotel room. Oh, we're up against some brilliant minds in this case, and we - we haven't a minute to lose.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Charles Foster Kane says: You Know, Mr. Bernstein, If I Hadn't Been Very Rich, I Might Have Been A Really Great Man.

Charles Foster Kane says: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Charles Foster Kane says: Sure we're speaking, Jedediah...you're fired.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Walter Parks Thatcher says: Is that your idea of how to run a newspaper?

Charles Foster Kane says: I don't know how to run a newspaper, Mr. Thatcher.

Narrator says: And of course, with the birth of the artist came the inevitable afterbirth... the critic.

Charles Foster Kane says: Are we going to declare war on Spain, or are we not?

Jedediah Leland says: The Inquirer already has.

Charles Foster Kane says: You long-faced, overdressed anarchist!

Jedediah Leland says: I am not overdressed!

Charles Foster Kane says: You are too! Mr. Bernstein, look at his necktie.

Charles Foster Kane says: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich I may have been a really great man.

Walter Parks Thatcher says: Don't you think you are?

Charles Foster Kane says: I think I did pretty well under the circumstances.

Walter Parks Thatcher says: What would you like to have been?

Charles Foster Kane says: Everything you hate.

Charles Foster Kane says: There's only one person who's going to decide what I'm going to do and that's me.

Louis XVIII says: Ney, you will be the first to confront the werewolf. I know you love this man....

Louis XVIII says: Ney, you will be the first to confront the werewolf. I know you love this man...

Marshal Michel Ney says: I did -- once. But I promise Your Majesty I will bring him back to Paris in an iron cage!

Harry Lime says: In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They producedd Michaelangelo, da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.

Hank Quinlan says: Intuition

Hank Quinlan says: Intuition.

Harry Lime says: Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

Charles Foster Kane says: People will think what I tell them to think

Charles Foster Kane says: People will think what I tell them to think.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Narrator [uncredited] says: And when the tomb was found empty, some days passed, and Christ was seen at Emmaus, and in Jerusalem, and those who saw Him knew He was the Lord God. And then a final time He came among His disciples by the shore of Galilee...

Jesus Christ says: [offscreen] Do you know and love Me? Feed My sheep, for My sheep are in all the nations. Go you into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature who hungers. I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. [We see the shadow of Jesus coming nearer toward the ocean, soon the shadow becomes perpendicular with the wood lying on the sand which makes a cross. The disciples leave; Peter is the last to go]

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Michael O'Hara says: "One who follows his nature, keeps his original nature in the end."

Michael O'Hara says: One who follows his nature, keeps his original nature in the end.

Harry Lime says: In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, and they had 500 years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud.

Charles Foster Kane says: Rosebud...