Orson Welles

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  • Birth Name: George Orson Welles
  • Birth Place: Kenosha, WI
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/06/1915, Taurus
  • Date of Death: 10/09/1985
  • Profession: Actor; director; writer; producer
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Orson Welles Fast Facts:
  • Was a child prodigy who excelled at poetry, painting, acting, the piano and magic.
  • Made his first stage appearance at age 5 with a walk-on role in the Chicago Opera's production of Samson and Delilah.
  • Terrified radio listeners and caused a nationwide panic with a realistic 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
  • Was only 25 when he produced, directed, cowrote and starred in the 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane, which was voted No. 1 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Greatest Movies.
  • Was George Lucas's first choice to voice Darth Vader in Star Wars.
  • Never won a Best Director Oscar but received an Honorary Oscar in 1970.
  • Orson Welles Relationships:
  • Oja Kodar - Significant Other
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald - Ex-significant Other
  • Richard Head Welles - Father
  • Chris Welles Feder - Daughter
  • Rebecca Welles Manning - Daughter
  • Beatrice Ives - Mother
  • Richard Ives Welles - Brother
  • Rita Hayworth - Ex-wife
  • Beatrice Welles-Smith - Daughter
  • Virginia Nicholson - Ex-wife
  • Paola Mori - Wife
  • Orson Welles Awards:
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1941 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1941 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1976 Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album - Winner
  • 1981 Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album - Winner
  • 1941 Oscar: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Winner
  • 1978 Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album - Winner
  • 1970 Oscar: Honorary Award - Winner
  • 1967 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Foreign Actor - Nominee

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