Peter Lorre

Hungarian Actor
Born Jun 26, 1904

Peter Lorre was a Hungarian-American actor. Lorre caused an international sensation with his portrayal of a serial killer who preys on little girls in the German film M (1931). He later became a popular featured player in Hollywood crime films and mysteries, and, though frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner, became star of the successful Mr. Moto detective series.… Read More

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1904 Birth Lorre was born László Löwenstein on 26 June 1904, the first child of Jewish couple Alajos Löwenstein and Elvira Freischberger in the Austro-Hungarian town of Rózsahegy in Liptó County (now known as Ružomberok, in present-day Slovakia). … Read More
1914 10 Years Old He was serving on the Eastern Front during the winter of 1914–1915 before being put in charge of a prison camp due to heart trouble. … Read More


1932 28 Years Old In 1932, Lorre appeared alongside Hans Albers in the science fiction film F.P.1 antwortet nicht about an artificial island in the mid-Atlantic.
1933 29 Years Old When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, Lorre took refuge first in Paris and then London, where he was noticed by Ivor Montagu, associate producer for The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), who reminded the film's director Alfred Hitchcock about Lorre's performance in M. They first considered him to play the assassin in the film, but wanted to use him in a larger role despite his limited command of English at the time, which Lorre overcame by learning much of his part phonetically. … Read More


1934 30 Years Old Lorre and his first wife actress Celia Lovsky boarded a Cunard liner in Southampton on 18 July 1934 to sail for New York a day after shooting had been completed on The Man Who Knew Too Much, having gained visitor's visas to the United States. … Read More
1935 31 Years Old The Hollywood Reporter commented on his role in this film on June 27, 1935: "Lorre triumphs superbly in a characterization that is sheer horror.... … Read More
1937 33 Years Old …  He had tested successfully in 1937 for the role of Quasimodo in an aborted MGM version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1937, according to a Fox publicist one of two roles Lorre much wanted to play (the other was Napoleon). … Read More
1940 36 Years Old After a brief period as a freelance, he signed for two pictures at RKO in May 1940. … Read More
1941 37 Years Old In 1941, Peter Lorre became a naturalized citizen of the United States. … Read More
1943 39 Years Old Lorre was contracted to Warners on a picture-by-picture basis until 1943 when he signed a five year contract, renewable each year, which only lasted until 1946. … Read More


1944 - 1947 2 More Events
1949 45 Years Old After World War II and the end of his Warner contract, Lorre's acting career in Hollywood experienced a downturn, whereupon he concentrated on radio and stage work. In 1949 he filed for bankruptcy.
1950 46 Years Old In the autumn of 1950, he traveled to Germany to make the film noir Der Verlorene (The Lost One, 1951) which Lorre co-wrote, directed and starred in. … Read More
1952 48 Years Old Lorre returned to the United States in February 1952 where he resumed appearances as a character actor in television and feature films, often parodying his 'creepy' image.


1954 50 Years Old In 1954, he was the first actor to play a James Bond villain when he portrayed Le Chiffre in a television adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale, opposite Barry Nelson as an American James Bond referred to as "Jimmy Bond." … Read More
1957 53 Years Old 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. … Read More
1960 56 Years Old In February 1960, Lorre was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard. … Read More
1963 59 Years Old In 1963, actor Eugene Weingand, who was unrelated to Lorre, attempted to trade on his slight resemblance to the actor by changing his name to "Peter Lorie", but his petition was rejected by the courts. … Read More


1964 60 Years Old …  He died in 1964 of a stroke. … Read More
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