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Alan Ladd

Born Sep 3, 1913

Alan Walbridge Ladd was an American film actor and one of the most popular and well-known celebrities of the 1940s and the first half of the 1950s. His visibility decreased between the mid-1950s and his death.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Alan Ladd.


1913 Birth Born on September 3, 1913.


1934 20 Years Old He graduated on February 1, 1934. … Read More
1936 22 Years Old Ladd married a high school sweetheart, Marjorie Jane "Midge" Harrold, in October 1936. Their only child, a son named Alan Ladd, Jr., was born on October 22, 1937. They divorced in July 1941.
1939 25 Years Old Ladd was heard on radio by the agent Sue Carol who signed him to her books and enthusiastically promoted her new client, starting with the 1939 film Rulers of the Sea, in which he played a character named "Colin Farrell." … Read More
He first gained some wide recognition with a featured role in the wartime thriller Joan of Paris, 1942.


1946 32 Years Old In 1946, he starred in a trio of silver screen classics: the big screen adaptation of Richard Henry Dana's maritime classic, Two Years Before the Mast (for which he also received critical acclaim), the Raymond Chandler original mystery The Blue Dahlia (his third pairing with Lake), and the World War II espionage thriller O.S.S..
1948 34 Years Old 1 More Event
He formed his own production companies for film and radio and then starred in his own syndicated series Box 13, which ran from 1948–49.
1949 35 Years Old In the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby, Ladd had the featured role of Jay Gatsby. … Read More
1951 37 Years Old In 1951, Ladd announced that he would leave Paramount and make five films for Warner Bros. … Read More
1952 38 Years Old Although Ladd left Paramount in 1952, the release of his final films was staggered: Shane and Botany Bay did not come out until 1953.
1953 39 Years Old Shane was particularly popular and saw Ladd voted as one of the ten most popular stars in the country in 1953. … Read More


1954 40 Years Old In 1954, Ladd formed a new production company, Jaguar Productions, originally releasing his films through Warner Bros. and then with All the Young Men through Columbia. … Read More
1962 48 Years Old In November 1962, he was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood with a bullet wound near his heart, in what might have been an unsuccessful suicide attempt.
1963 49 Years Old In 1963, Ladd's career looked set to make a comeback when he filmed a supporting role in The Carpetbaggers, which became one of the most popular films of 1964. … Read More


1964 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 29, 1964, Ladd was found dead in his Palm Springs home. … Read More
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