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Orson Welles’ Best Performance

After the “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, CBS execs hastily convened a press conference for Orson Welles. It “was one of Welles’ great performances as an actor. And he knew that his whole career was on the line here,” said Media Historian Paul Heyer.

Welles had to sound sincere in his apology, which he may not necessarily have been, according to co-producer John Houseman.

“War of the Worlds” premieres October 29 at 9pm ET on PBS.