- 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.
- 1968, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
- 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1959, Cannes Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
- 1952, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner
- 1983, Directors Guild of America Awards — Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
- 1941, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
- 1976, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
- 1981, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
- 1978, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
- 1970, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
- 1941, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
- 1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- Richard Head Welles — Father
- Paola Mori — Wife
- Virginia Nicholson — Ex-wife
- Beatrice Ives — Mother
- Richard Ives Welles — Brother
- Rita Hayworth — Ex-wife
- Beatrice Welles-Smith — Daughter
- Christopher Welles Feder — Daughter
- Rebecca Welles Manning — Daughter
- Oja Kodar — Significant Other
- Geraldine Fitzgerald — Ex-significant Other
- Birth Name: George Orson Welles
- Birth Place: Kenosha, WI
- Died: October 9, 1985
- Profession: Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
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