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100 Years Ago Today: Orson Welles

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100 Years Ago Today: Orson Welles

On May 6, 1915, Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Many film buffs call him the greatest director of all time, and his accomplishments go far beyond manipulating the silver screen. He was also an actor, writer and producer, and he worked on the radio and onstage as well as in film. He was most notable as a Hollywood wunderkind: At 22, he was creating and directing a legendary adaptation of Julius Caesar for the Broadway stage. By 23, he was terrifying the nation with his all-too-realistic adaptation of The War of the World, which convinced many listeners that Earth was under attack by Martians. He was just 26 when he co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in Citizen Kane, a film still considered to be one of the greatest in cinematic history. And he didn't slow down – always working on an endless variety of projects for all kinds of media, he created relentlessly.

To honor the 100th anniversary of Welles' birth, here's a playlist of a few of his greatest hits.