William Alland

Longtime film producer and radio actor

Longtime film producer and radio actor William Alland, who appeared as the inquiring reporter and narrator of “Citizen Kane” in 1941, died Monday in Long Beach from complications of heart disease. He was 81.

A native of Delmar, Del., Alland’s career began as an actor and stage manager with Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater. He was also assistant director for the company’s radio series.

In addition to appearing in “Kane,” Welles’ 1941 classic, Alland also served as dialogue director for the film. He later won the Peabody Award for the radio drama “Doorway to Life.”

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and served as a pilot in the South Pacific.

Upon returning from the war, Alland produced 28 feature films, including “The Black Castle” (1952), “It Came From Outer Space” (1953), “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1954), “The Mole People” (1956) and “The Rare Breed” (1966).

Alland is survived by a daughter, two sons and five grandchildren.

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