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Birth information

26 June 1904 Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary [now Ruzomberok, Slovakia]

Death information

23 March 1964 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

László Löwenstein

Nickname

Lazzy
Europe's One Man Chamber of Horrors
The Master of Horror

How tall is Peter Lorre?

1.61 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Annemarie Stoldt
Kaaren Verne
Celia Lovsky

Life Story of Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre was born László Lowenstein on Rózsahegy, Hungary. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. As a youth, he ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M (1931). After several more films in Germany, Lorre left as the Nazis came to power, going to Paris, London and, in 1935, Hollywood. He played Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment (1935) and a series of Mr. Moto movies during the late 1930s. He began his pairing with Sydney Greenstreet as Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon (1941), continued in Casablanca (1942) and seven other films during the early 1940s. In Germany, he wrote, directed and starred in Der Verlorene (1951). After that, somewhat heavier, he played in a string of not-so-stellar efforts, one exception being his role as a clown in The Big Circus (1959). He died from a stroke the year he made his last movie, playing a stooge in Jerry Lewis' The Patsy (1964).

Significant features of Peter Lorre

Distinctive breathy voice
Distinctive clipped manner of speaking
Spoke with an almost feminine clear slow tenor voice
Roles in horror films/films with dark subject matter
Eerie...

How much money has Peter Lorre earned?

Casablanca (1942) $500
Beat the Devil (1953) $15,000

Publications and Magazines about Peter Lorre

Michael Omaster and others Peter Lorre Ein Fremder im Paradies. 2004
Stephen D. Youngkin The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. 2005
Stephen D. Youngkin, James Bigwood, Raymond Cabano Jr. The Films of Peter Lorre. 1982
Stephen D. Youngkin, Felix Hoffman Peter Lorre: Portrait des Schauspielers auf der Flucht. 1998
Michael Omaster, et al. Peter Lorre Ein Fremder im Paradies. 2004
Friedemann Beyer Peter Lorre Seine Filme - sein Leben. 1988
Calvin Beck Heroes of the Horrors. 1975

Biographical movies about Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre: The Double Face 1984

What movies did Peter Lorre play or participate?

Directors Filmography
Der Verlorene (1951) ,
Actors Filmography
The Patsy (1964) Morgan Heywood, Muscle Beach Party (1964) Mr. Strangdour, The Comedy of Terrors (1963) Felix Gillie, Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) Frederick Bergen, 77 Sunset Strip (1963) The Gypsy, The DuPont Show of the Week (1963) Archie Lefferts, The Raven (1963) Dr. Adolphus Bedlo, Route 66 (1962) Peter Lorre, Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) Ahmed, Tales of Terror (1962) Montresor, The Gertrude Berg Show (1961) Professor Kestner, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) Comm. Lucius Emery, The...

Birth information

26 June 1904 Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary [now Ruzomberok, Slovakia]

Death information

23 March 1964 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

László Löwenstein

Nickname

Lazzy
Europe's One Man Chamber of Horrors
The Master of Horror

How tall is Peter Lorre?

1.61 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Annemarie Stoldt
Kaaren Verne
Celia Lovsky

Life Story of Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre was born László Lowenstein on Rózsahegy, Hungary. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. As a youth, he ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M (1931). After several more films in Germany, Lorre left as the Nazis came to power, going to Paris, London and, in 1935, Hollywood. He played Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment (1935) and a series of Mr. Moto movies during the late 1930s. He began his pairing with Sydney Greenstreet as Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon (1941), continued in Casablanca (1942) and seven other films during the early 1940s. In Germany, he wrote, directed and starred in Der Verlorene (1951). After that, somewhat heavier, he played in a string of not-so-stellar efforts, one exception being his role as a clown in The Big Circus (1959). He died from a stroke the year he made his last movie, playing a stooge in Jerry Lewis' The Patsy (1964).

Significant features of Peter Lorre

Distinctive breathy voice
Distinctive clipped manner of speaking
Spoke with an almost feminine clear slow tenor voice
Roles in horror films/films with dark subject matter
Eerie...

How much money has Peter Lorre earned?

Casablanca (1942) $500
Beat the Devil (1953) $15,000

Publications and Magazines about Peter Lorre

Michael Omaster and others Peter Lorre Ein Fremder im Paradies. 2004
Stephen D. Youngkin The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. 2005
Stephen D. Youngkin, James Bigwood, Raymond Cabano Jr. The Films of Peter Lorre. 1982
Stephen D. Youngkin, Felix Hoffman Peter Lorre: Portrait des Schauspielers auf der Flucht. 1998
Michael Omaster, et al. Peter Lorre Ein Fremder im Paradies. 2004
Friedemann Beyer Peter Lorre Seine Filme - sein Leben. 1988
Calvin Beck Heroes of the Horrors. 1975

Biographical movies about Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre: The Double Face 1984

What movies did Peter Lorre play or participate?

Directors Filmography
Der Verlorene (1951) ,
Actors Filmography
The Patsy (1964) Morgan Heywood, Muscle Beach Party (1964) Mr. Strangdour, The Comedy of Terrors (1963) Felix Gillie, Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) Frederick Bergen, 77 Sunset Strip (1963) The Gypsy, The DuPont Show of the Week (1963) Archie Lefferts, The Raven (1963) Dr. Adolphus Bedlo, Route 66 (1962) Peter Lorre, Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) Ahmed, Tales of Terror (1962) Montresor, The Gertrude Berg Show (1961) Professor Kestner, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) Comm. Lucius Emery, The...

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Peter Lorre and Gisela Trowe in Der Verlorene (1951)

According to Vincent Price, when he and Peter Lorre went to view Bela Lugosi's body during Bela's funeral, Lorre, upon seeing Lugosi dressed in his famous Dracula cape, quipped, "Do you think we should drive a stake through his heart just in case?".

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Peter Lorre and Erich von Stroheim in I Was an Adventuress (1940)

Was a favorite characterization for the famed Warner Bros. cartoonists, as he tangled several times with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. He was also portrayed as a fish in a Dr. Seuss Warner Bros. cartoon, Horton Hatches the Egg (1942).

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Peter Lorre, Red Buttons, Adele Mara, David Nelson, etc.

Was the very first James Bond villain; he played Le Chiffre in a 1954 version of Casino Royale on the television series Climax! (1954).

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Peter Lorre, Dick Baldwin, and Harold Huber in Mr. Moto und der Wettbetrug (1938)

Had one daughter: Catherine Lorre (born 22 June 1953). She passed away on May 7, 1985 in California.

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Peter Lorre and Margaret Tallichet in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

Following his death, he was interred at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever Cemetery) in Hollywood, California, in the Cathedral Mausoleum.

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Peter Lorre and John McGuire in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

Spike Jones had a hit record with his wacky cover version of "My Old Flame" with voice actor Paul Frees doing a Lorre impression for the vocal. When Lorre appeared on Jones' radio show he had to learn the "Paul Frees" way of being Peter Lorre, as Peter himself was not quite the madman that Paul had made him out to be. Also imitated by Mel Blanc in a handful of Warner Bros. cartoons, and the vocal inspiration for the character Flat Top in The Dick Tracy Show (1961).

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Peter Lorre and Margaret Tallichet in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

About 1977, his daughter Catharine Lorre was almost abducted in Los Angeles by the serial killers known as the Hillside Stranglers. She was stopped by Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who were impersonating policemen. When they realized she was Lorre's daughter, they let her go because the actor was famous for playing a serial killer in Fritz Lang's M (1931). Catharine Lorre did not realize that they were killers until after they were arrested.

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Peter Lorre and Margaret Tallichet in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

During the House Un-American Activities Committee's investigation of Communist infiltration of Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s, Lorre was interviewed by investigators and asked to name anyone suspicious he had met since coming to the United States. He responded by giving them a list of everyone he knew.

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Peter Lorre in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

As a young man in Vienna, he was a student of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler.

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Peter Lorre in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

John Kricfalusi, creator of the animated series The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991), has said that Lorre inspired the character Ren.

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Peter Lorre and Margaret Tallichet in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

He established his own production company, Lorre Incorporated. The company was mismanaged and Lorre filed for backruptcy.

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Peter Lorre and Margaret Tallichet in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

Lorre suggested to Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures that they make a film version of Crime and Punishment (1935) with him in the role of Raskolnikov. Cohn agreed to the project if Lorre would agree to be loaned out to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for Mad Love (1935).

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Peter Lorre, Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, etc.

When he arrived in Great Britain, his first meeting with a British director was with Alfred Hitchcock. By smiling and laughing as Hitchcock talked, the director was unaware that Lorre had a limited command of the English language. Hitchcock cast him in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). Lorre learned much of his part phonetically.

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Peter Lorre, Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, etc.

It was reported that Joseph Goebbels himself warned Lorre to flee Germany.

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John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Robert Young, and Madeleine Carroll in Geheimagent (1936)

Host/performer of NBC Radio's "Mystery in the Air" (1947).

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Peter Lorre, Steve McQueen, and Neile Adams in Alfred Hitchcock präsentiert (1955)

Is the subject of a stage show and album by the World/Inferno Friendship Society called Peter Lorre's 20th Century: Addicted to Bad Ideas. The music is meant to outline Lorre's life, and the show is narrated with monologues and dialog between band members.

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Peter Lorre and Evelyn Keyes in Das Gesicht hinter der Maske (1941)

Remained friends with all his wives. His third wife's ashes are combined with his, despite their being separated at the time of his death.

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Peter Lorre and Barry Nelson in Climax! (1954)

He convinced Humphrey Bogart to marry Lauren Bacall, despite the age difference. He did so by saying, "Five good years are better than none!".

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Peter Lorre in Climax! (1954)

Lorre's speech and mannerisms provided the inspiration for the villainous character Rocky Rococo in the Firesign Theater's radio play "The Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye" (1968).

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Peter Lorre and Gene Roth in Climax! (1954)

Seems to be the object of tribute in many animated works, such as N. Gin in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001), the Ceiling Lamp in The Brave Little Toaster (1987), Ren Hoek in The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991), the Maggot in Corpse Bride (2005) and a mad scientist and gangster in several Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons.

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Peter Lorre in Casablanca (1942)

His performance as Hans Beckert in M (1931) was ranked #94 on Premiere magazine's list of 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time (April 2006 issue).

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Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in Casablanca (1942)

His performance as Hans Beckert in M (1931) was ranked #79 on Premiere magazine's list of 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time (April 2004 issue).

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Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in Casablanca (1942)

Lorre was the inspiration for the ghost mascot of the General Mills cereal, Boo Berry.

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Peter Lorre, Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Kirk, Liliane Montevecchi, Shepperd Strudwick, etc.

Is the subject of a 1986 song by the British indie pop group The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy.

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Peter Lorre and James Wong Howe

Is mentioned in the lyrics of Al Stewart's 1976 song "Year of the Cat" ("In a morning from a Bogart movie / In a country where they turn back time / You go strolling through the crowds like Peter Lorre / Contemplating a crime").

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Peter Lorre, Leslie Banks, and Nova Pilbeam in Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1934)

Alfred Hitchcock was reputed to have said that one of Lorre's nicknames was "The Walking Overcoat". This moniker was given to Lorre because he used to rehearse in a floor-length overcoat, no matter what the season of the year was.

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Peter Lorre and Cicely Oates in Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1934)

He was sought for a role in The Black Sleep (1956), but when the cost-conscious producers deemed his salary request too high he was replaced by Akim Tamiroff.

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Peter Lorre and Cicely Oates in Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1934)

Lorre sold Hitchcock the screen rights to Secret Agent (1936) in addition to co-starring in the film. The actor liked to collect valuable story properties, which were estimated to value $350,000 by 1944.

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Peter Lorre, Leslie Banks, and Nova Pilbeam in Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1934)

While residing as an expatriate in Paris, Lorre resided in the same shabby rooming house as future Hollywood luminaries Paul Lukas, Oskar Homolka and Franz Waxman.

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Peter Lorre and Leslie Banks in Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1934)

In 1936, Universal proposed starring Lorre in a remake of Lon Chaney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), but the project never progressed beyond the discussion stage with the actor.

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Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Don Beddoe, Jeff Donnell, Maude Eburne, etc.

Lorre had been signed to reprise his role of Strangdour, from Muscle Beach Party (1964), in the next beach film of the series: Bikini Beach (1964). However, he passed away before production began on that film.

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Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Jeff Donnell, etc.

He appeared with John Carradine in eight films: Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937), Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937), I'll Give a Million (1938), Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Hell Ship Mutiny (1957), The Story of Mankind (1957) and The Patsy (1964).

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Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in Agenten der Nacht (1942)

He appeared with Vincent Price in five films: The Story of Mankind (1957), The Big Circus (1959), Tales of Terror (1962), The Comedy of Terrors (1963) and The Raven (1963).

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Peter Lorre, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran, and James Westerfield in The Chase (1946)

According to Peter Lorre in an interview, he and his early friends invented and popularized the slang word "creep" meaning "a creepy, annoying person", though when they invented it, it was spelled "kreap", and did not have the same negative connotation.

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Peter Lorre in Mr. Moto und der Schmugglerring (1937)

Immediately after M (1931), Lorre received 310 film offers which all contained a similar role. However, he refused most of them in order to try not to get personified as a psychopath. But these efforts were more or less ineffective to his death.

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Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Larry Parks in The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

A copy of Lorre's life mask--made at Don Post Studios in the 1960s--is part of the storyline in Hollywood Mouth (2008). Lorre's residence on Hollywood Boulevard is also shown in the film.

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Peter Lorre and Virginia Field in Mr. Moto und der Schmugglerring (1937)

Spoke English, French, German and Hungarian.

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