Orson Welles

1915 - 1985

Orson Welles

George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who is remembered for his innovative work in radio, theatre and film. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.While in his twenties Welles directed a number of 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 Broadway 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 9,257,980 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 96th most popular actor.

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Among actors, Orson Welles ranks 95 out of 8,832Before him are Julie Andrews, Rita Hayworth, Tom Cruise, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, and Charlton Heston. After him are Doris Day, Hedy Lamarr, Judy Garland, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Gary Cooper, and Denzel Washington.

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Among people born in 1915, Orson Welles ranks 10Before him are Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn, Roland Barthes, Vasily Zaitsev, Moshe Dayan, and David Rockefeller. After him are Arthur Miller, Yitzhak Shamir, Eli Wallach, Paul Samuelson, Hu Yaobang, and Billie Holiday. 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, Italo Calvino, Charles Francis Richter, Dian Fossey, and Rock Hudson.

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Among people born in United States, Orson Welles ranks 188 out of 12,171Before him are Tom Hanks (1956), Miles Davis (1926), Charlton Heston (1923), Philip K. Dick (1928), Henry Miller (1891), and George S. Patton (1885). After him are George Lucas (1944), John Cage (1912), Doris Day (1922), John Williams (1932), B. F. Skinner (1904), and Edwin McMillan (1907).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Orson Welles ranks 50Before him are Buster Keaton (1895), Rita Hayworth (1918), Tom Cruise (1962), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Tom Hanks (1956), and Charlton Heston (1923). After him are Doris Day (1922), Judy Garland (1922), Gary Cooper (1901), Denzel Washington (1954), Mel Gibson (1956), and Clark Gable (1901).