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Orson Welles a Genius Movie Director and Great Actor

Updated on June 30, 2010

Orson Welles

Orson Welles, a Gifted Multi-talented American

Orson Welles was one of the all time greatest American actors, in movies and Shakespearean, and possibly the most creative and capable movie director. In 2002 Welles was voted the greatest film director of all time in the British Film Institute's poll of top ten directors. Many consider his first movie, Citizen Kane, which he directed and played the William Randolph Hearst character, the greatest movie of all time.Other great Welles movies include "Touch of Evil," "The Magnificent Ambersons," "Chimes at Midnight," and "F for Fake." Throughout his career Welles battled with the Hollywood studios for creative control of his work which was heavily cut and censored by the producers.

Welles was born in 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, into a comfortably well-off family. But his parents separated and his inventor father took to drink. This resulted in a difficult childhood for Welles.

Celebrity came quickly to Welles as a result of his 1938 radio broadcast production based on the story "War of the Worlds," by science fiction writer H.G. Wells. The broadcast was so realistic that it caused a panic among listeners who believed that New Jersey was actually being invaded by aliens from outer space. From there Welles went on to Hollywood and a brilliant career as a director and actor.

Orson Welles "Call me Ishmael" Moby Dick

Orson Welles Drunken Out Take Video

Paul Masson TV Commercial "We will sell no wine before its time."

Citizen Kane--Lost out-take

Orson Welles "The Land of the Basques"


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      James Paterson 11 years ago from Scotland

      great hub Ralph.....jimmy