Connect with us


Orson Welles Net Worth 2024 | Salary | House | Cars

$ 20 Million

Orson Welles Net Worth: Orson Welles is known as a Richest Director, Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Television Director, Playwright, Film Editor, Theatre Director, Costume Designer, Production Designer. Some of his best-known works were the Broadway production Caesar in 1937, the debut of the Mercury Theatre which featured one of the most famous radio broadcasts The War of the Worlds in 1938, and one of the most popular films of all time, 1941’s Citizen Kane. He became well known for his radio broadcast adaptation of the H.G. Orson Welles had a net worth of $20 million. 

Check out the below article to know the complete information regarding Orson Welles Networth, His Salary, Houses, Cars, and his other Investments details.


Orson Welles Net Worth 2024 $20 Million

Orson Welles is known as a Richest Director, Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Television Director, Playwright, Film Editor, Theatre Director, Costume Designer, Production Designer. In April 2017, Orson Welles Net Worth reach to $20 Million.

Orson Welles House & Property (where does Orson Welles live now?):

The Hollywood Hills house that belonged to the original master of panic, actor, and director Orson Welles, has come on the market at $1,285,000.

orson welles home

Orson Welles car:

Orson Welles Biography 

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago’s Dr. Maurice Bernstein. In 1931, he graduated from the Todd School in Woodstock, Illinois; he turned down college offers for a sketching tour of Ireland. He tried unsuccessfully to enter the London and Broadway stages, traveling some more in Morocco and Spain (where he fought in the bullring).

He began working with John Houseman and formed the Mercury Theatre with him in 1937. In 1938, they produced “The Mercury Theatre on the Air”, famous for its broadcast version of “The War of the Worlds” (intended as a Halloween prank). His first film to be seen by the public was Citizen Kane (1941), a commercial failure losing RKO $150,000, but regarded by many as the best film ever made.

Many of his next films were commercial failures and he exiled himself to Europe in 1948. In 1956, he directed Touch of Evil (1958); it failed in the United States but won a prize at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. 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. His reputation as a filmmaker has climbed steadily ever since.

Major Works:
  • According to Welles, ‘The Trial’, made in 1962, was his best film. However, critics consider ‘Citizen Kane’, based on the life of American newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, to be the greatest film of all time. It has been ranked No. 1 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list twice; first in 1998 and then in 2007.
Awards & Achievements:
  • ‘Citizen Kane’, co-authored, directed and starred by Welles, received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture in 1941. The film also received nine Academy nominations, but only won in the Original Screenplay category. It is believed that the film would have won more awards, but for the block voting by screen extras.

  • In 1942, The National Board of Review voted ‘Citizen Kane’ to be the Best Film of 1941 and recognized Welles for his performance.

  • He also won the Palme d’Or for ‘Othello’ at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.

  • In 1966, ‘Chimes at Midnight’ won the 20th Anniversary Prize, the Technical Grand Prize and the Citizens Writers Circle Award for Best Film (Spain).

  • In 1984, he was presented with the D. W. Griffith Award by the Directors Guild of America and in 1985 he received the Career Achievement Award from the National Board of Review.

Personal Life:

Orson Wells first married actress Virginia Nicolson on November 14, 1934. The couple had a daughter named, Christopher Welles Feder, born in 1938. However, the marriage ended in a divorce in February 1940 because Virginia came to known that Welles was secretly having an affair with Dolores Del Rio since 1938.

In 1955, Welles married Italian actress Paola Mori. They had a daughter, Beatrice Welles, born in November 1955. Although they remained married till his death, from 1966, Croatian-born artist and actress, Oja Kodar, became Welles’ longtime companion and they lived together.

Cause of Death :

  • Welles died in the morning of October 10, 1985 from heart attack. The evening before, he had recorded his final interview on the syndicated TV program, The Merv Griffin Show. On returning home, he worked into the early hours typing stage directions for a shoot scheduled for the following day.

  • The next morning he was found dead by his chauffer. In accordance to his wills, his remains were cremated and a brief private funeral was held

Bio Data of Orson Welles:

  • Birth date:  1915-05-06
  • Death date: 1985-10-10
  • Birth place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
  • Height: 6 ft (1.854 m)
  • Profession: Actor
  • Education: Todd Seminary for Boys
  • Nationality: United States of America
  • Spouse: Virginia Nicolson (divorced)
  • Children: Rebecca Welles Manning, Beatrice Welles, Christopher Welles Feder, * Christopher Welles Feder, * Rebecca Welles Manning, * Beatrice Welles
  • Parents:  Beatrice Ives Welles, Richard Hodgdon Head Welles, Beatrice Ives
  • Books:  This is Orson Welles, Orson Welles on Shakespeare

Hope you like this Orson Welles Networth article. If you like this, then please share it with your friends… This above post is all about the estimated earnings of Orson Welles. Do you have any queries, then feel free to ask via comment section.