The Role Of Leland Was Played Orson Welles ' Life Long Friend

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The role of Jedediah Leland was played Orson Welles’ life-long friend, Joseph Cotten, well-known as a stage, radio, television, and film actor. Beginning acting in the 1920s, Cotten later teamed up with Orson Welles at the Mercury Theater in the 1930s, where the collaboration would bring him stardom. Cotten’s acting style was intense, soft-spoken, and chivalrous with a trace of a Southern drawl mixed in. His height, combined with his wavy-haired looks, unconventional features made him perfect to play offbeat characters in films.

Cotten became Welles’ life-long friend since working together at the Mercury Theatre in the late 1930s to the day Welles died in 1985. Some of Cotten’s best films are Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Journey into Fear (1943), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Love Letters (1945), Duel in the Sun (1946), Portrait of Jennie (1948), The Third Man (1949), and some of his other noteworthy films are, Othello (1952), Niagara (1953), Touch of evil, (1958), From the Earth to the Moon (1958), Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), Soylent Green (1973), Airport '77 (1977), Heaven 's Gate (1980), and his final film, The Survivor (1981).

Welles throughout most of his life was ambitious, daring, and sometimes underrated, “although Welles became an industry outsider, his charms onscreen were still in demand as an actor and narrator” (Schneider 218). The versatile Welles often narrated numerous films like The…

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