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Peter Lorre (I) (1904–1964)


As a youth Peter Lorre ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M (1931). After several more films in Germany, Lorre ... See full bio »

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 1964 The Patsy
Morgan Heywood
 1964 Muscle Beach Party
Mr. Strangdour
 1963 The Comedy of Terrors
Felix Gillie
 1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Frederick Bergen
- The End of the World, Baby (1963) ... Frederick Bergen
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Gypsy
- 5: Part 1 (1963) ... Gypsy
 1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Archie Lefferts
- Diamond Fever (1963) ... Archie Lefferts
 1963 The Raven
Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
 1961 The Gertrude Berg Show (TV Series)
- First Test (1961)
 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Comm. Lucius Emery
 1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
Baron
- The Baron Loved His Wife (1961) ... Baron
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Alonzo Pace Graham
- The Human Touch (1961) ... Alonzo Pace Graham
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Victor Laurier
- Incident of the Slavemaster (1960) ... Victor Laurier
 1954-1960 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
King Zurium / Boris - Chief Spy / Mad Scientist / ...
- Clem and the Beanstalk (1960) ... King Zurium
- Appleby the Weatherman (1959) ... Boris - Chief Spy
- Rapid Growth (1959) ... Mad Scientist
- Appleby's Garage (1958)
- Appleby's Patio (1957) ... Mysterious Man
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Alexander Portlass
- The Alexander Portlass Story (1960) ... Alexander Portlass
 1956-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Café Owner / Tenzing / Dr. Ostrow / ...
- The Cruel Day (1960) ... Café Owner
- Turn Left at Mount Everest (1958) ... Tenzing
- The Jet-Propelled Couch (1957) ... Dr. Ostrow
 1960 Scent of Mystery
Smiley
 1957-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Carlos / Tomas Salgado
- Man from the South (1960) ... Carlos
- The Diplomatic Corpse (1957) ... Tomas Salgado
 1959 Five Fingers (TV Series)
The Colonel
- Thin Ice (1959) ... The Colonel
 1959 The Big Circus
Skeeter
 1958 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
Guest
- Episode #1.11 (1958) ... Guest
 1958 Collector's Item (TV Movie)
Mr. Munsey
 1957 Hell Ship Mutiny
Commissioner Lamoret
 1957 The Sad Sack
Abdul
 1954-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Benny Kellerman / Mr. Ho / Normie / ...
- A Taste for Crime (1957) ... Benny Kellerman
- The Man Who Lost His Head (1956) ... Mr. Ho
- The Fifth Wheel (1956) ... Normie
- A Promise to Murder (1955) ... Mr. Vorhees
- Casino Royale (1954) ... Le Chiffre
 1957 The Buster Keaton Story
Kurt Bergner
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Moyzisch
- Operation Cicero (1956) ... Moyzisch
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Japanese Steward - S.S. Carnatic
 1956 Congo Crossing
Colonel John Miguel Orlando Arragas
 1955-1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Heitzer / Mr. Grover
- The Finishers (1956) ... Heitzer
- Young Couples Only (1955) ... Mr. Grover
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Peter Lorre (uncredited)
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Willy
- No. 5 Checked Out (1956) ... Willy
 1955 Young Couples Only (TV Short)
Mr. Grover
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
Ambrose Dodson
- The Sure Cure (1955) ... Ambrose Dodson
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Poffy
- Reunion in Vienna (1955) ... Poffy
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Pipe (1954)
 1953 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Actor (Sketch)
- Episode #3.20 (1953) ... Guest Actor (Sketch)
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Richard Pratt
- The Taste (1952) ... Richard Pratt
 1951 Der Verlorene
Dr. Karl Rothe, alias Dr. Karl Neumeister
 1950 Double Confession
Paynter
 1950 Quicksand
Nick
 1949 Rope of Sand
Toady
 1948 Casbah
Slimane
 1947 My Favorite Brunette
Kismet
 1946 The Verdict
Victor Emmric
 1946 The Chase
Gino
 1946 Black Angel
Marko
 1946 Three Strangers
Johnny West
 1945 Confidential Agent
Contreras
 1945 Hotel Berlin
Johannes Koenig
 1944 The Conspirators
Jan Bernazsky
 1944 The Mask of Dimitrios
Cornelius Leyden
 1944 Passage to Marseille
Marius
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
Sergeant Berger
 1943 Background to Danger
Nikolai Zaleshoff
 1943 The Constant Nymph
Fritz Bercovy
 1942 Invisible Agent
Baron Ikito
 1942 In This Our Life
Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)
 1941 They Met in Bombay
Captain Chang
 1941 Mr. District Attorney
Paul Hyde
 1941 The Face Behind the Mask
Janos 'Johnny' Szabo
 1940 You'll Find Out
Fenninger
 1940 Island of Doomed Men
Stephen Danel
 1940 I Was an Adventuress
Polo
 1940 Strange Cargo
M'sieu Pig
 1938 I'll Give a Million
Louie 'The Dope' Monteau
 1937 Lancer Spy
Maj. Sigfried Gruning
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing!
Professor Sturm
 1936 Crack-Up
Colonel Gimpy
 1936 Secret Agent
The General
 1933 Les requins du pétrole
Henry Pless
 1933 High and Low
Le mendiant
 1933 Unsichtbare Gegner
Henry Pless
 1933 Was Frauen träumen
Otto Fuessli
 1932 F.P.1 Doesn't Answer
Bildreporter Johnny
 1932 Stupéfiants
Le bossu
 1932 Dope
Hunchback
 1932 Schuß im Morgengrauen
Klotz
 1932 Fünf von der Jazzband
Car thief
 1931 A Man's a Man (Short)
Galy Gay - a packer
 1931 Die Koffer des Herrn O.F.
Redakteur Stix
 1931 Bombs Over Monte Carlo
Pawlitschek
 1931 M
Hans Beckert
 1929 Die verschwundene Frau
Patient Of a Dentist (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1921-23) Stage: Was a mime at the Stegreiftheater in Vienna, Austria. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 9 Print Biographies | 7 Portrayals | 8 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his first meeting with Alfred Hitchcock] I had heard that he loved to tell stories and so I watched him like a hawk, and when I was of the opinion he had just told the punchline of a story, I broke out in such laughter that I almost fell off my chair. See more »

Trivia:

In 1936 Universal proposed starring Lorre in a remake of Lon Chaney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," but the project never progressed beyond the discussion stage with the actor. See more »

Trademark:

His small size See more »

Nickname:

Lazzy

Star Sign:

Cancer

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