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George Orson Welles known more commonly as Orson Welles was a director producer writer and actor Mr Welles was born on May 6 1915 in Kenosha Wisconsin His father was an inventor and manufacturer and his mother a talented pianist Welles was regarded as an absolute genius from early childhood and his creative abilities were encouraged and nurtured His early childhood was to a large extent directed by his mothers physician and admirer Dr Maurice Bernstein Russell 9 He made a successful career for himself on stage and radio starting at an early age and when he was 19 made his Broadway debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet He worked together on several projects with directorproducer John Houseman including a tremendously successful staging of Macbeth in Harlem with an all-black cast under the auspices of the Federal Theater Project Mr Welles and Mr Houseman formed their own repertory company the Mercury Theater in 1937 and staged a highly acclaimed modern version of Julius Caesar Russell 11Mr Welles and the Mercury Players gained nationwide attention on CBS radio in their weekly dramatic program Mercury Theater of the Air The most famous show was their broadcast of the radio adaptation of HG Wells War of the Worlds on Halloween in 1938 reporting the landing of Martians in the US The fictional news coverage of the invasion on the radio program seemed so real to many listeners that the broadcast caused a panic The next day Orson Welles woke up to be internationally famous and notorious Russell 37Welles was brought to Hollywood by RKO and his contract included unprecedented creative freedom for an untried filmmaker After failing to get two projects off the ground he made his extraordinary debut in 1941 at the young age of 25 with the film Citizen Kane the study of a tycoon based on William Randolph Hearst a film regarded by many as the best film ever made Welles produced directed co-wrote
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