Orsen Welles Κ

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Orsen Welles

1915- 1985

Film Maker

Few would argue against George Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane (1941) as being one of the greatest movies ever made. Welles directed, coauthored and starred in the classic, his first film, and it is considered to have been a spectacular debut performance in every way.

Orson Welles had already made his mark on theatre -- starring on Broadway in his 1920's, and on radio as "The Shadow" -- when in 1938 he produced a terrifying radio program based on the science fiction classic, "The War of The Worlds."

Given that he had achieved such success so young, it is not surprising that Welles' later career was uneven. Along with many excellent films such as The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Third Man (1949) and Touch of Evil (1958), there were disappointments.

In later life, Welles lived mainly in Europe.