When asking about his immediate family in interviews, this permanent A list actor/writer/director/producer/auteur would mention that he had an older brother but didn’t give any details about his whereabouts.
It was too painful a topic to discuss.
His older brother was institutionalized as a child because he had “learning difficulties” (which is a long ago term for someone on the autism spectrum) and was prone to violent outbursts. The auteur always put some money aside in a bank account for his brother.
During around the time our actor/director made the film he is best known for today his older brother had a lobotomy.
When told of this news, the auteur went on a booze bender to end all benders out of guilt.
He always had a paranoia about ending up like his older brother.
His older brother died in a nursing home about ten years before his younger brother did.
A few years before his death, the auteur had himself tested for autism.
He didn’t have it, but he did have a slight form of ADHD, which didn’t surprise him.
A list actor/writer/director/producer/auteur: Orson Welles
Older brother: Richard Ives Welles
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