Lorre was married three times, first to Russian actress, Celia Lovsky, then to Karen Verne, a Viennese actress. At 17 he became stage-struck and ran away from home. Catharine was the only child of actor Peter Lorre and Anne Marie Brenning Lorre. Peter Lorre was one of the best character actors of all-time. For 10 years the aspiring actor played bit parts in amateur productions. A colleague suggested using it for paper notes in 1974. [48], Punk Cabaret band The World/Inferno Friendship Society's 2007 album Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's Twentieth Century is a concept album written as a tribute to Lorre, focusing on the transition from Weimar Germany to the Third Reich, and Lorre's later career and death. A small ugly man commits a needless murder for love. Lorre had suffered for years from chronic gallbladder troubles, for which doctors had prescribed morphine. In 1949 the British Broadcasting Corp., advised parents to send their children to bed before Lorre’s image appeared on their television screens in a horror role. The maid immediately called Dr. Golenternak. He was the first actor to play a James Bond villain[14] when he portrayed Le Chiffre in a 1954 television adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale, opposite Barry Nelson as an American James Bond referred to as "Jimmy Bond". Lorre was born in the Hungarian village of Rosenberg and grew up in Vienna. Lorre appeared in two episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents broadcast in 1957 and 1960, the latter a version of the Roald Dahl short story "Man from the South" starring Steve McQueen. [20], Returning from England after appearing in a second Hitchcock picture (Secret Agent, 1936), he was offered and accepted a 3-year contract with 20th Century Fox. In 1949 he filed for bankruptcy. She was not spared from a horrific death to go on to live a long and happy life. [38] He had a supporting role in the film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961). Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet in “The Maltese Falcon.”. [47], Filk songwriter Tom Smith (1988) wrote a tribute to Lorre's acting called "I Want To Be Peter Lorre", which was nominated for the "Best Tribute" Pegasus Award in 1992 and 2004, and which won the award for "Best Classic Filk Song" in 2006. “If I had wanted to remain one character,” he once said, “I could still be playing Mr. Moto.”, Lorre’s villainous characterizations were often played for laughs. He died in Los Angeles on 23 March 1964 from a stroke. Catharine nearly fell victim to "Hillside Stranglers" Angelo J. Buono and Kenneth A. Bianchi, who approached her one night in 1977 intending to abduct and murder her as they had and would do to ten women before the law caught up with them. His first English-speaking film was the early Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” in which Lorre spoke the lines without understanding them. He's the underdog, the outsider. However, Lorre and his stepmother never got along, and this colored his childhood memories. "[32] Lorre was contracted to Warner on a picture-by-picture basis until 1943 when he signed a five year contract, renewable each year, which lasted until 1946.[30]. Suspense With Peter Lorre Episode Titled Til Death Do Us Part. Catharine was the only child of actor Peter Lorre and Anne Marie Brenning Lorre. Lester Salkow, Lorre’s agent, said the veteran actor, dressed in night clothes, was found lying beside his bed in his apartment at 7655 Hollywood Blvd. Also, an unidentified dramatic excerpt with Boris Karloff. "), Farber, Manny, The New Republic, July 10, 1944, Younkin (2005), p. 312. [33] Most of these motion pictures were variations on Casablanca, including Background to Danger (1943, with George Raft); Passage to Marseille (1944), reuniting them with Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains; The Mask of Dimitrios (1944); The Conspirators (1944, with Hedy Lamarr and Paul Henreid); Hollywood Canteen (1944); Three Strangers (1946), a suspense film about three people who are joint partners on a winning lottery ticket, with third-billed Lorre cast against type by director Jean Negulesco as the romantic lead, also co-starring Geraldine Fitzgerald; and Greenstreet and Lorre's final film together, suspense thriller The Verdict (1946), director Don Siegel's first feature, with Greenstreet and Lorre finally billed first and second, respectively. She left shortly before Lorre’s body was taken to Pierce Bros. Mortuary, Hollywood, to inform the couple’s only child, Kathryn, 10, of her father’s death. During his 7-year stint with the troupe, young Peter became a student of the very famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Catherine Baker (Lorre) Birthdate: June 22, 1953: Death: May 07, 1985 (31) Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States Immediate Family: Daughter of Peter Lorre and Anne Marie Lorre Wife of Allen Cornwell Baker. [29] Director John Huston effectively ended a period of decline for the actor and saved him from more B-pictures by casting him in The Maltese Falcon. "[31] Lorre himself reminisced fondly in 1962 about the "stock company" he now found himself working with: Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet and Claude Rains. Lorre is novelist Cornelius Leyden, while Greenstreet is a former associate of Dimitrios, Mr. Peters. After some months employed effectively for research, Lorre decided that Crime and Punishment, the 1866 Russian novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, would be a suitable project with himself in the central role. The portrayal made him famous, and other roles followed. Born Laszlo Lowenstein in 1904 to Jewish parents in present-day Slovakia, Lorre’s mother died of … ", Younkin (2005), p. 443. Looking ill and bloated, he died of a heart attack four days after shooting ended in late March 1964. Initially positive about the films, he soon grew frustrated with them. Seine Filme – sein Leben, München 1988, p. 8 ("Sie waren Juden, und sie sprachen deutsch in einer Gegend, in der überwiegend Slowaken lebten. He continued portraying psychopaths until Huston cast him in a quasi-comic role in the “The Maltese Falcon” with Bogart and the late Sidney Greenstreet. While it gained some critical approval, audiences avoided it and it did badly at the box office.[40]. His last film was a Jerry Lewis comedy, “The Patsy.”. 13-Mar-1945) Wife: Kaaren Verne (m. 25-May-1945, div. [37], After World War II and the end of his Warner contract, Lorre's acting career in Hollywood experienced a downturn,[38] whereupon he concentrated on radio and stage work. He served on the Eastern Front during the winter of 1914–15, before being put in charge of a prison camp due to heart trouble. Rumor has it that after his death scene, Peter Lorre (as the villain Le Chiffre) was unaware that he was in the shot, and promptly rose from the dead and walked out of frame. Peter Lorre was a puckish prankster, who delighted in challenging authority and thwarting pomposity; inside, however, he was in steady decline, his body ravaged by drinking, chain smoking, and a dependence on prescription drugs. After a brief period as a freelance, he signed for two pictures at RKO in May 1940. [9] Lang said that he had Lorre in mind while working on the script and did not give him a screen test because he was already convinced that Lorre was perfect for the part. Pervis Staples, of gospel and soul group the Staple Singers, dies at 85, After gaining fame in the 1960s with music that urged social change, the Staple Singers had their first No. In the late 1920s, the actor[8] moved to Berlin, where he worked with German playwright Bertolt Brecht, including a role in Brecht's Man Equals Man and as Dr. Nakamura in the musical Happy End. [41] Catharine died of complications from diabetes, on May 7, 1985, aged 32.[42]. "Death Is A Joker". Lorre became trapped between the constant pain and addiction to morphine to ease the problem. After his death, strange things start happening including the piano playing on its own accord and the strange behaviour of the secretary. Lorre starred alongside Kirk Douglas and James Mason in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1954) around this time. Tawny Kitaen, ’80s rock video star and ‘Bachelor Party’ actress, dies at 59. He died in Los Angeles on 23 March 1964 from a stroke. Friedemann Beyer: Peter Lorre. [15], Lorre settled in Hollywood and was soon under contract to Columbia Pictures, which had difficulty finding parts suitable for him. [27] The second RKO film, also in 1940, was You'll Find Out, a musical comedy mystery vehicle for bandleader Kay Kyser in which Lorre spoofed his sinister image alongside horror stars Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. While Ugarte is a small part, it is he who provides Rick with the "Letters of Transit", a key plot device. She was buried at Inglewood Cemetery on June 4, 1985. "There is perhaps no one who can be so repulsive and so utterly wicked. Moto” the inscrutable—and invincible—Japanese detective. He didn’t have any pretensions about conveying messages to the world.”. In his view, the four of them had the rare ability to "switch an audience from laughter to seriousness. Frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner, his later career was erratic. [46] Lorre was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard in February 1960. He arrived 15 minutes later and pronounced Lorre dead. "[13] After his first two American films, Lorre returned to England to feature in Hitchcock's Secret Agent (1936). "After the actor's death, however, he began passing himself off as Lorre's son, repeatedly contradicting his earlier testimony. In fact anybody who can live without that feeling is a complete idiot.”. He was a great scholar, an accomplished dramatic actor and a masterful comedian. [citation needed]. Lorre caused an international sensation in the Weimar Republic-era film M (1931), directed by Fritz Lang, in which he portrayed a serial killer who preys on little girls. Information about the death of the deceased was released across social media on March 24, 2021. His age was 59. He then moved to the German city of Breslau, and later to Zürich. Fox was a tough-minded chemist who guided UC San Diego and who was awarded the National Medal of Science for her insights about sustainable energy. But it is an interesting one, which is almost as good, as long as you are not any of the parties involved. Warner would be a "friendly" witness at his appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee in May 1947. Originally Aired 12/15/1942. CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Even the horrible movies he made were made better because of Peter's acting. It was during the period of the Mr. Moto films that Lorre struggled with and overcame his addiction. "[49], Reportedly, Lorre was the inspiration for the character Toht in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark. In the film, Gogol replaces the wrecked hands of a concert pianist with those of an executed knife throwing murderer. Rochelle Hudson and Peter Lorre in “The Island of Doomed Men.”. 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