Born May 15, 1905, in Petersburg, VA; died of pneumonia, February 6, 1994, inLos Angeles, CA. Actor. Cotten is perhaps best known for his early career affiliation with Orson Welles, making his film debut in Welles' Citizen Kane. Theater appearances came before film, however, and he made his Broadway debutin Dancing Partner in 1930, for which he also acted as assistant stage manager. He appeared in many stage productions throughout his career, including ThePostman Always Rings Twice and Dr. Faustus, and was a regular with Welles' Mercury Theater group. Cotten appeared in such films as The Magnificent Ambersons, Special Delivery, The Money Trap, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Airport '77, and Heaven's Gate. His television appearances include the movies Split Second to anEpitaph and The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, and episodes of Fireside Theatreand The Great Adventure. In 1987 Cotten published his autobiography, Vanity Will Get You Somewhere.