Orson Welles

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Orson Welles (May 6 1915 - October 10 1985) is commonly considered one of Hollywood's greatest directors, in spite of the difficulties he had in making his films (after Citizen Kane, studios frequently wrested control of the films from him, making drastic cuts or changing endings: Welles' original ending to The Magnificent Ambersons has been lost, apparently permanently. Welles starred in many of his films and wrote the scripts, frequently employing the talents of the Mercury Theatre company.

He is also renowned for the scare created earlier in his career as a radio drama producer, by the Mercury Theater of the Air's October 30, 1938 radio production of The War of the Worlds. Welles's adaptation of H. G. Wells's classic novel simulated a news broadcast, cutting into a routine dance music program, describing the landing of Martian spacecraft in Grovers Mill, New Jersey. The broadcast was realistic enough to frighten many in the audience into believing that an actual Martian invasion was in progress.

His works as an actor/director include:

In addition, he also acted in


Please see naming conventions. Remember, titles of movies are often the titles of other things; e.g., "The Trial" is a novel first and foremost; "Macbeth" is a play first and foremost.


But perhaps it's quite interesting for people to enter the main page first and after reading general information, they can click on a separate link. It is easier this way unless we want to repeat ourselves all the time (there are about two dozen Macbeth films and each one has roughly the same storyline. If you write that on the Macbeth main page and list differences on the specific film's page, it makes more sense and is easier to maintain). I'll add a demo, please tell me what you think

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