Remembering Orson Welles: The Man Who Lived a Life Like No Other

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story!”

It’s been many years since the man, known for his innovative work in theater, radio and film, died on October 10, 1985. A pioneer in all three, George Orson Welles, better known as Welles, was born in Kenosha on May 6, 1915.

He was the most successful American motion-picture actor, producer, director, and writer. Moreover, when it comes to his lifetime achievements, he is no slouch. His narrative techniques, use of pictures, dramatic light, and music effects in all his work, is what made him reach the zenith.

The Man Who Changed The Art

Welles was a born actor, writer, magician, and artist. He left school at fifteen only to peruse his acting career. At eighteen, he co-edited and showcased Shakespeare plays and a commercial textbook called Everybody’s Shakespeare.

He then did Tybalt in Rome and Juliet and Broadway as Chorus. Moreover, by twenty, he inaugurated his own acting company with the name, The Mercury Theater.


Orson Welles (1915 – 1985), American actor, producer, writer, and director. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

The Mercury Theater comes to limelight after the massive success of modern-dress Julius Caesar with Welles playing Brutus. Dramatizing novels, stories of H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds and many more skyrocketed Wills acting company and his career too. He becomes that popular that every work done by him as a director becomes the work of perfection.

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