• Orson Welles was a legendary American filmmaker
  • He had his hand in many different parts of the industry
  • THIS is his cause of death

At age 21, Welles was directing high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project in New York City—starting with a celebrated 1936 adaptation of 'Macbeth'. His first film was 'Citizen Kane', which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as the title character, "Charles Foster Kane".

Orson Welles made the modern industry

Many of his subsequent films were commercial failures and he exiled himself to Europe in 1948. In 1956, he directed 'Touch of Evil', it failed in the United States but won a prize at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair...

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In 1975, in spite of all his box-office failures, he received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1984, the Directors Guild of America awarded him its highest honor, the D.W. Griffith Award. On Oct. 10, 1985, Welles appeared on 'The Merv Griffin Show' in what would be his last public appearance before his death...

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