His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane.Welles was an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career.When the hotel burned down, Welles and his father took to the road again.At Todd School, Welles came under the influence of Roger Hill, a teacher who was later Todd's headmaster.His parents separated and moved to Chicago in 1919.His father, who made a fortune as the inventor of a popular bicycle lamp, became an alcoholic and stopped working.Then, in what Welles later described as "a hectic period" in his life, he lived in a Chicago apartment with both his father and Dr.Maurice Bernstein, a Chicago physician who had been a close friend of both his parents.
In 1933, Roger and Hortense Hill invited Welles to a party in Chicago, where Welles met Thornton Wilder.Welles briefly attended public school before his alcoholic father left business altogether and took him along on his travels to Jamaica and the Far East.When they returned they settled in a hotel in Grand Detour, Illinois, that was owned by his father."Todd provided Welles with many valuable experiences", wrote critic Richard France."He was able to explore and experiment in an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement.In addition to a theater the school's own radio station was at his disposal." On December 28, 1930, when Welles was 15, his father died of heart and kidney failure at the age of 58, alone in a hotel in Chicago.