Richard Wilson

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Longtime associate of Orson Welles who joined Welles and John Houseman at the founding of the Mercury Theater company in 1937. Wilson worked as stage manager and actor in such Mercury productions as "Julius Caesar" ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1915 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Danny And The Human Zoo 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Carry on Columbus 1993 (Movie)

Felipe (Actor)

Soft Top, Hard Shoulder 1993 (Movie)

Uncle Sal (Actor)

Tutti Frutti 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder By the Book 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Dry White Season 1989 (Movie)

Cloete (Actor)

How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 (Movie)

Bristol (Actor)

Whoops Apocalypse 1988 (Movie)

Nigel Lipman--Foreign Secretary and Crucifee (Actor)

Fellow Traveller 1986 (Movie)

Sir Hugo Armstrong (Actor)

Foreign Body 1986 (Movie)

Colonel Partridge (Actor)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

Aerobics Instructor (Actor)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Series II 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Those Glory Glory Days 1986 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

A Passage to India 1984 (Movie)

Turton (Actor)

Mark Gertler Fragments of a Biography 1980 (Movie)

Clive Bell (Actor)

The Secret of Charles Dickens 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

F for Fake 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 1963 (Movie)

Frobish (Actor)

The Lady From Shanghai 1948 (Movie)

District Attorney's Assistant (Actor)

Butterfly (TV Show)

Actor

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Actor

Under The Hammer (TV Show)

Actor

Unnatural Pursuits (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (9)

It's All True: Based On An Unfinished Film By Orson Welles 1993 (Movie)

("It's All True") (Producer)

It's All True: Based On An Unfinished Film By Orson Welles 1993 (Movie)

("Four Men on a Raft") (Associate Producer)

On Top All Over the World 1954 - 1956, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Segment Producer

Three in the Attic 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pay or Die 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ma and Pa Kettle at Home 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Golden Blade 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lady From Shanghai 1948 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (8)

Three in the Attic 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Pay or Die 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Al Capone 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Medic 1954 - 1956 (Tv Show)

Director

Man Without a Gun 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Primo (TV Show)

Director
Writer (4)

Dynasty 1980 - 1989 (TV Show)

Writer

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Man Without a Gun 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Winner Takes All (TV Show)

Song
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Stickin' Around 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Background Artist
Other (2)

I Am Weasel 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Other

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Longtime associate of Orson Welles who joined Welles and John Houseman at the founding of the Mercury Theater company in 1937. Wilson worked as stage manager and actor in such Mercury productions as "Julius Caesar", "The Cradle Will Rock", "Native Son" and "Heartbreak House" while simultaneously working as an actor and production assistant on the radio program "Mercury Theater of the Air", including its legendary broadcast of "The War of the Worlds". Wilson appeared in "Citizen Kane" (1941) and "The Lady from Shanghai" (1948), for which he served as associate producer).

Relationships

Christopher Wilson

Son

John D Wilson

Brother

Gail Shay

Sister

Elizabeth Wilson

Wife
met while filming the uncompleted "It's All True" in Brazil (1942) co-wrote "A Raw Wind in Eden" (1958) with husband

EDUCATION

University of Denver

Denver , Colorado
left to become an actor

Milestones

1991

Co-produced a collection of vintage Mercury radio dramas intitled "Theater of the Imagination" for Voyager laserdisk (date approximate)

1991

Was producing a feature film about the 1942 production of the unfinished film project, "It's All True" at time of his death which his co-producers plan to complete

1990

Directed a radio broadcast of "Dracula" in New York which was filmed as a study in radio directing techniques

1986

Returned to Brazil to begin work on a documentary based on his experiences with Welles during the 1942 production of the unfinished semi-documentary "It's All True"

1955

Film directing and writing debut, "Man With the Gun"

1946

Co-produced Welles's stage production of the Cole Porter musical, "Around the World in 80 Days"

1944

Served as chief photographic officer for the Secretariat of the United Nations at its opening conference in San Francisco

1941

Served in the US Air Force as chief of the operations division of the Office of Strategic Services in charge of presenting intelligence films to the staff

1941

Was second unit director on the uncompleted semi-documentary, "It's All True"

1937

Joined Mercury Theater and worked as stage manager and actor for "Julius Caesar", "The Cradle Will Rock", "Native Son", "Heartbreak House"

Became a staff producer at Universal working on the Ma and Pa Kettle series

Appointed vice president of production at Paramount under studio chief Howard Koch

Worked in summer stock and on such radio shows as "We the People" and "Gang Busters"

First continuing role, as a barking sled dog on the radio series, "Renfrew of the Mounted"

Directed TV episodes of "Medic" and "Zane Grey Theater"

Began professional career as a radio actor and station announcer in Denver

Bonus Trivia

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Wilson taught directing at USC and was involved with the DGA, Academy and National Repertory Theater and served as a judge in the American College Theater Festival.

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