George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who is considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
A showman from the start, in 1938, his radio anthology series "The Mercury Theatre on the Air" rocketed him to international fame as the director and narrator of a radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds.
The broadcast was so well done, so realistic, that it caused some panic because many listeners thought that the Earth was really being invaded by aliens.
With a lifelong passion for magic, Welles made good use of his talents during WWII by performing in many shows for the troops, sometimes with the assistance of his wife, actress Rita Hayworth.
Though most remembered for his film masterpiece Citizen Kane, his magical talent was also amazing.
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