Peter Lorre

(1904 - 1964)

Peter Lorre was born Laszlo Lowenstein in Rosenberg, Hungary.

Lorre caused an international sensation with his portrayal of a serial killer who preys on little girls in the German movie M (1931). He came to Hollywood in 1935 and became a popular featured player in Hollywood crime films and mysteries. Though frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner, he was the star of the successful “Mr. Moto” detective series in the late 1930s.

In 1954, he was the first actor to play a James Bond villain when he portrayed Le Chiffre on television in an adaptation of Casino Royale.

Lorre was one of the stars in the SF movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). His other genre films included The Beast with Five Fingers (1948), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Tales of Terror (1961), The Raven (1962), Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962), and Comedy of Terrors (1963).

On radio he starred on Mystery in the Air (1947) and Nightmare (1953-1954).

On TV he appeared on several programs, including Lux Video Theater (1952) and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1960).

He received a Count Dracula Society Award (Cinema) in 1964.


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