Orson Welles

1915 - 1985

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George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American director, actor, screenwriter, and producer who is remembered for his innovative work in radio, theatre and film. He is considered to be among the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time.While in his 20s, Welles directed high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project, including an adaptation of Macbeth with an entirely African American cast and the political musical The Cradle Will Rock. In 1937, he and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented a series of productions on Broadway through 1941, including Caesar (1937), an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. In 1938, his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air gave Welles the platform to find international fame as the director and narrator of a radio adaptation of H. G. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Orson Welles has received more than 12,894,203 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Orson Welles is the 98th most popular actor (down from 93rd in 2019), the 199th most popular biography from United States (down from 188th in 2019) and the 50th most popular American Actor.

Orson Welles is most famous for being the director and star of the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, which caused widespread panic.

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Among actors, Orson Welles ranks 98 out of 10,030Before him are Humphrey Bogart, Donald Sutherland, Johnny Depp, Rowan Atkinson, Hedy Lamarr, and Tom Cruise. After him are Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Cary Grant, Richard Gere, Gary Cooper, and Jean Marais.

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Among people born in 1915, Orson Welles ranks 10Before him are Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, David Rockefeller, Roland Barthes, Vasily Zaitsev, and Moshe Dayan. After him are Arthur Miller, Eli Wallach, Paul Samuelson, Yitzhak Shamir, Jerome Bruner, and Sviatoslav Richter. Among people deceased in 1985, Orson Welles ranks 6Before him are Marc Chagall, Yul Brynner, Enver Hoxha, Konstantin Chernenko, and Heinrich Böll. After him are Fernand Braudel, Carl Schmitt, Charles Francis Richter, Italo Calvino, Rock Hudson, and Simone Signoret.

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Among people born in United States, Orson Welles ranks 199 out of 15,968Before him are Edward Hopper (1882), Charles Sanders Peirce (1839), Quentin Tarantino (1963), Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856), Tom Cruise (1962), and George Lucas (1944). After him are Denzel Washington (1954), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Emily Dickinson (1830), B. F. Skinner (1904), Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), and John Adams (1735).

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Among actors born in United States, Orson Welles ranks 50Before him are John Travolta (1954), Charlton Heston (1923), Gloria Stuart (1910), Humphrey Bogart (1899), Johnny Depp (1963), and Tom Cruise (1962). After him are Denzel Washington (1954), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Richard Gere (1949), Gary Cooper (1901), Christopher Lloyd (1938), and Mel Gibson (1956).

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