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Orson Welles

1915 - 1985

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George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American director, actor, producer, and screenwriter who is remembered for his innovative work in film, radio, and theatre. 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), a modern, politically charged adaptation of 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 14,445,135 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Orson Welles is the 119th most popular actor (down from 98th in 2019), the 227th most popular biography from United States (down from 199th in 2019) and the 59th 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 119 out of 9,996Before him are Monica Bellucci, Olivia de Havilland, John Travolta, Keanu Reeves, Donald Sutherland, and Tommy Lee Jones. After him are Ben Kingsley, Cameron Diaz, Spencer Tracy, Stan Laurel, Max von Sydow, and Peter Falk.

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

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Among people born in United States, Orson Welles ranks 227 out of 18,182Before him are Tim Cook (1960), Andrew Jackson (1767), Robert Wadlow (1918), Patti Smith (1946), Charles Sanders Peirce (1839), and Tommy Lee Jones (1946). After him are Colonel Sanders (1890), Cameron Diaz (1972), Michael Jordan (1963), Spencer Tracy (1900), Peter Falk (1927), and Robert E. Lee (1807).

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Among actors born in United States, Orson Welles ranks 59Before him are Christopher Reeve (1952), Mel Gibson (1956), Charlton Heston (1923), Buster Keaton (1895), John Travolta (1954), and Tommy Lee Jones (1946). After him are Cameron Diaz (1972), Spencer Tracy (1900), Peter Falk (1927), Rita Hayworth (1918), Burt Lancaster (1913), and Tony Curtis (1925).

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