Born in Wisconsin in 1915, Orson Welles began his career as a stage actor and made his name as a stage director. He rose to fame through the radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds and launched his career in Hollywood. Citizen Kane (1914), which he directed at age 26, is considered the most famous debut films in the American film history. His major works include The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady from Shanghai (1948), and Touch of Evil (1958). His 1970s film The Other Side of the Wind was released in 2018 and screened at BIFF.