Star Spotlight: Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Born Laszlo Lowenstein
Date of Birth: June 26, 1904
Date of Death: March 23, 1964

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Roles

  • First film: Die verschwundene Frau (1929)
  • First credited role: M (1931)
  • Final film: The Patsy (1964)
  • TMP’s favorite: Mad Love (1935)

Best known for…

…starring in the Mr. Moto film series

…playing a lot of great (and eccentric) supporting characters, often alongside Humphrey Bogart or Vincent Price

…his raspy voice and distinctive way of speaking

…his large eyes

Notable awards:

  • Honored with a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960
  • Honorable Mention for his work in Der Verlorene at the 1952 German Film Awards

More Lorre on TMP:
Mad Love (1935)
Quicksand (1950)

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3 thoughts on “Star Spotlight: Peter Lorre

  1. Nice entry! But Peter’s first credited role was “M” (1931), not “The White Devil”. Peter’s movie is “Der weisse Dämon” (The White Demon), (UFA, 1932). Unfortunately, his credits in Wikipedia and IMDB.com are incorrect, listing movies Peter wasn’t in. The best place for an accurate list of Peter’s credits is the Appendix of the book “The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre”, by Stephen D. Youngkin. Have you had a chance to read this book? Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Peter Lorre.

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    1. Thank you for the correction. I’ve fixed it in the post. Typically I consult my collection of film books for these posts but I unfortunately don’t own any on Lorre, and my local library’s collection of classic film bios is sparse. I’ll add that Youngkin book to my to-acquire list.

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      1. Glad to help out, Lindsey! I’m sure you’ll enjoy “The Lost One”. I’m the webmaster for the book’s official website. If you would like to check it out, it’s linked under my name.

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