Orson Welles Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Family

Orson Welles Quick Info
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 158 kg
Date of Birth May 6, 1915
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Boyfriend October 10, 1985

Orson Welles was an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer who is immortalized as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Among his most acclaimed films are Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Stranger (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), The Trial (1962), Chimes at Midnight (1966), F for Fake (1973), The Other Side of the Wind (2018), etc.

Born Name

George Orson Welles

Nick Name

The Boy Wonder, O. W. Jeeves, G. O. Spelvin, The Great One

Orson Welles as seen in 1937Orson Welles as seen in 1937 (Carl Van Vechten / Wikimedia / Public Domain)


He was born on May 6, 1915.


He passed away at the age of 70 years from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on October 10, 1985.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States





Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer


  • Father – Richard Head Welles (Inventor)
  • Mother – Beatrice Lucy Ives (Pianist)
  • Siblings – Dickie Welles (Older Brother)

Net Worth

At the time of his death, Orson Welles’ net worth was $20 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.




6 ft 0 in or 183 cm


158 kg or 348.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Orson Welles had dated –

  • Geraldine Page
  • Silvana Pampanini
  • Corinne Calvet
  • Nancy Berg
  • Lucille Ball – RUMOR
  • Lili St. Cyr
  • Lena Horne
  • Virginia Nicolson (1934-1940) – He tied the knot with Virginia Nicolson on November 14, 1934. The couple had welcomed a daughter named Christopher Welles (b. March 27, 1938) before finalizing their divorce on February 1, 1940.
  • Vera Zorina (1938)
  • Lynn Remar (1938-1941)
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald (1939) – In 1939, he began an affair with Geraldine Fitzgerald, who was married at that time. She subsequently gave birth to their son Michael Lindsay-Hogg on May 5, 1940.
  • Dolores del Rio (1941-1943)
  • Billie Holiday (1942)
  • Lea Padovani (1943-1944)
  • Rita Hayworth (1943-1947) – The Strawberry Blonde (1941) actress Rita Hayworth married Welles on September 7, 1943. The couple became parents to a daughter named Rebecca Welles (December 17, 1944-2004). However, their divorce was finalized a few years later on November 10, 1947.
  • Gloria Vanderbilt (1945)
  • Maila Nurmi (1946)
  • Nancy Valentine (1946)
  • Marie McDonald (1946-1947)
  • Wanda Hendrix (1948)
  • Eartha Kitt (1950-1952)
  • Vivien Leigh (1951)
  • Ludmilla Tchérina (1952)
  • Katherine Dunham (1953)
  • Paola Mori (1955-1985) – He wed the Italian aristocrat Paola Mori on May 8, 1955. Their daughter Beatrice Welles arrived on November 13, 1955. The couple got separated within a few years of marriage, but they never officially got divorced.
  • Gina Lollobrigida (1958)
  • Marlene Dietrich (1958-1959)
  • Oja Kodar (1966-1985) – In 1966, he got romantically involved with the Croatian-born artist and actress, Oja Kodar. The two enjoyed a 20-year-long companionship which lasted until Welles’ death in 1985.
  • Orson Welles as seen with Virginia Nicolson Welles and their daughter Christopher Marlowe Welles in 1938Orson Welles as seen with Virginia Nicolson Welles and their daughter Christopher Marlowe Welles in 1938 (Louise Dahl-Wolfe / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

    Race / Ethnicity


    He had English, Scottish, and remote Welsh ancestry.

    Hair Color

    Dark Brown

    However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ during the end of his life.

    Eye Color


    Sexual Orientation


    Distinctive Features

    Deep voice

    Orson Welles Favorite Things

    • Restaurant In Los Angeles – Ma Maison

    Source – Wikipedia

    Orson Welles as seen in 1945Orson Welles as seen in 1945 (Associated Press / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

    Orson Welles Facts

  • In 2004, Premiere Magazine ranked his performance as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane (1941) at #12 on its list of ‘The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time’.
  • The Star Wars director George Lucas wanted Orson to voice the character of Darth Vader in the first film, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). However, Welles turned down the offer as he considered his voice to be far too familiar.
  • He died 2 hours after appearing on The Merv Griffin Show on October 10, 1985. He reportedly had a heart attack while working on his typewriter situated in his lap.
  • He stayed lifelong friends with fellow director John Huston. Co-incidentally, both of them made their directorial debut in 1941; Welles with Citizen Kane (1941) and Huston with The Maltese Falcon (1941). Moreover, the two men also had the opportunity to direct each other as Orson played a cameo in Huston’s Moby Dick (1956) and Huston played the lead role in Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind (2018), which remained unfinished during his lifetime.
  • In addition to being passionate about movies, he was also a talented magician and painter.
  • Welles had once cited James Cagney as being “maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera”.
  • Featured Image by Carl Van Vechten / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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