William Alland

Birthday: Mar 4, 1916
Birthplace: Not Available
So eager was Neighborhood Playhouse-trained William Alland to become a on-stage member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre in the late 1930s that he locked himself in Welles' dressing room and wouldn't come out until Orson had heard his audition. He functioned as an actor and stage manager with the Mercury on Broadway, and as assistant director on the troupe's radio series. When Welles took his players to Hollywood in 1940 to make Citizen Kane, Alland went along as dialogue director; he also appeared in the film as the shadowy reporter Thompson, and was heard as the stentorian narrator in the "News on the March" sequence. He remained with Welles into the late 1940s, acting in Lady from Shanghai (1947) and MacBeth (1948) (as one of the murderers) and wearing several hats behind the camera. In 1952, Allan was engaged as a staff producer at Universal-International. Among his best-known productions were the science fiction classics It Came From Outer Space (1953), Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) and This Island Earth (1955). In 1961, William Alland made his film directorial debut with the juvenile-delinquency melodrama Look in Any Window. Alland died at the age of 81 following complications from heart disease.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
88% F for Fake Special Participant 1974
29% The Rare Breed Producer 1966
No Score Yet The Party Crashers Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Space Children Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Colossus of New York Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Land Unknown Producer 1957
33% The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis) Producer Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Gun for a Coward Producer 1957
43% The Mole People Producer 1956
38% The Creature Walks Among Us Producer 1956
73% This Island Earth Producer 1955
22% Revenge of the Creature Producer 1955
No Score Yet Chief Crazy Horse Producer 1955
94% Tarantula Producer 1955
No Score Yet Dawn at Socorro Producer 1954
No Score Yet Johnny Dark Producer 1954
84% Creature from the Black Lagoon Producer 1954
81% It Came from Outer Space Producer 1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed Producer 1953
No Score Yet The Stand at Apache River Producer 1953
No Score Yet The Black Castle Producer 1952
88% Macbeth 2nd Murderer 1950
86% The Lady From Shanghai Reporter 1948
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster Guide 1941
100% Tom, Dick and Harry Newsreel Announcer 1941
100% Citizen Kane Jerry Thompson 1941
No Score Yet The Green Goddess Actor 1939

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Appearing
  • 1996

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