Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten
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Joseph Cotten
Film: South side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born May 15, 1905 in Petersburg, VA
Died Feb. 6, 1994 of pneumonia in Los Angeles, CA

Joseph Cotten was known as an enduring, elegant actor whose career spanned four decades.

Cotten's earliest films were regarded as his best, beginning with "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles' thinly veiled biography of William Randolph Hearst in 1941, in which Cotten played Kane's elderly best friend Jedediah Leland.

To follow in the 1940s were memorable roles in "The Magnificent Ambersons," "Shadow of a Doubt" and "Portrait of Jennie," for which he won the 1950 Venice Film Festival prize for best actor. In 1950, he rejoined Welles the actor in the highly successful international thriller "The Third Man."

In addition to films, Cotten did a weekly Sunday CBS radio show called "Ceiling Zero" for Lockheed Aircraft during the 1940s.

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