“I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts”
May 6, 1915, Kenosha, Wisconsin – October 10, 1985, Los Angeles, California
George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film.
He began acting on stage at 16 and made his Broadway debut in 1934. He directed an all-African American cast in Macbeth for the Federal Theatre Project. In 1937 he and John Houseman formed the Mercury Theatre, creating a series of radio dramas, attempting to mount Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock in the face of determined opposition, and winning notoriety with their panic-producing broadcast of War of the Worlds (1938).
War Of The Worlds – Radio Broadcast, 1938
Welles then moved to Hollywood, where he co-wrote, directed, produced, and acted in the classic Citizen Kane (1941), noted for its innovative narrative technique and atmospheric cinematography and considered among the most influential movies in film history. His other films include The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Stranger (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1948), Touch of Evil (1958), and Chimes at Midnight (1966).
The Most Profound Moment in Movie History
He was also notable as an actor in Jane Eyre (1944), The Third Man (1949), and Compulsion (1959).
I Know What It is To Be Young Song written by Jerry Abbott, lyrics read by Orson Welles, music by The Ray Charles Singers and the Nick Perito Orchestra, 1984