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 Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on 3 September 1913. … Read More


1930 16 Years Old Ladd enrolled in North Hollywood High School on 18 February 1930. … Read More
1933 19 Years Old 1 More Event
His diving skills led to his appearance in an aquatic show, Marinella in July 1933.


1934 20 Years Old Ladd graduated from high school on 1 February 1934, aged twenty years old. … Read More
In 1936 Ladd played an unbilled role in Pigskin Parade. … Read More
1937 - 1941 3 More Events
1942 28 Years Old 1 More Event
The movie was Ladd's second pairing with Lake. His cool, unsmiling persona proved popular with wartime audiences, and he was voted by the Motion Picture Herald as one of the ten "stars of tomorrow" for 1942. … Read More
Ladd had a brief timeout for military service in the United States Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit. Ladd was initially classified 4-F unfit for military service because of stomach problems, but began his military service in January 1943. … Read More


1944 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1944 Ladd took another physical and was re-classified 1A. He would have to be re-inducted into the army, but a deferment was given to enable Ladd to make Two Years Before the Mast (the release of which was postponed two years).
Ladd's re-induction was then set for May 1945. … Read More
1946 - 1949 3 More Events
1950 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1950 Paramount announced that Ladd would star in a film version of the novel Shane. … Read More
1951 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1951 Ladd's contract only had one more year to run. "Paramount is like a home to me," he said, "and I'd like to remain on the lot for one picture a year. … Read More
1952 38 Years Old Ladd's final three movies for Paramount were Thunder in the East, Shane and Botany Bay. Once Ladd finished Botany Bay, in February 1952 it was announced Ladd's contract with Paramount would end early and be amended so that he would make two more movies for the studio at a later date. (In the event, Ladd did not make another film at Paramount until The Carpetbaggers.)
1953 39 Years Old Paramount staggered the release of Ladd's final films for the company, with Shane and Botany Bay not being released until 1953. … Read More


1954 - 1956 2 More Events
1960 46 Years Old "I'd like to retire from acting," he said in 1960. "I'd produce." … Read More
1962 48 Years Old On 2 November 1962, Ladd 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. … Read More
1963 49 Years Old In 1963, Ladd's career looked set to make a comeback when he filmed a supporting role in The Carpetbaggers, based on the best selling novel. … Read More


In January 1964 Ladd had injured his knees and was spending some time at his house in Palm Springs to recuperate.
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