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Ladd as SHANE.

About Alan Ladd (1913 – 1964)

Alan Walbridge Ladd, AKA "Laddie" or "Tiny," was born on September 3, 1913, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Alan passed away on January 29, 1964, in Palm Springs, California, from an acute overdose of alcohol and sedatives.

In 1936, Ladd married longtime friend, Midge. The expense of living together kept the two living apart for the first year until they could afford to move in together at their friend's apartment. That same year, 1937, Midge birthed Alan Jr. Alan's mother would commit suicide a few months after her grandson's birth.

With years of sacrifice and trouble marking Alan's adolescence, it was Ladd's resilient quality that finally landed him a successful career in the 1940s. He was discovered by talent scout Susan Carol in 1939. Alan Ladd's breakthrough role came as Raven, a psychotic murderer in the 1941 hit "This Gun for Hire." After divorcing his wife the same year, Alan spent the rest of the decade living with his second wife, Susan Carol, and playing memorable tough-guy roles which packed the theatres. Alan Ladd was also one of very few males whose cover photos sold movie magazines.

In the 1950s Alan Ladd obtained lucrative roles that, despite their financial gain, offered little more in the way of success. The exception however, was 1953's "Shane," which is considered by many to be Ladd's best film.

Alan Ladd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A photograph of Alan's flogging scene in "Two Years Before the Mast" appeared on the cover of the 2004 book: "Lash! The Hundred Greatest Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies."

Alan Ladd was inaccurately included in the cast credits for "Born to the West" (1937) in studio publicity material. In fact, he was never in the film, despite the fact that it often shows up in his credits and even on the video box.

By 1931 Alan Ladd was training for the 1932 Olympics, but an injury forced him to cancel his plans.

Alan Ladd opened a hamburger stand called "Tiny's Patio". He also worked as a grip at "Warner's". Alan Ladd was drafted in January of 1943 and discharged November that year due to an ulcer and double hernia.

Alan Ladd's notable movie credits include...

THE CARPETBAGGERS (1964)
ALL THE YOUNG MEN (1960)
THE BIG LAND (1957)
SANTIAGO (1956)
SHANE (1953)
RED MOUNTAIN (1951)
THE GREAT GATSBY (1949)
THE GLASS KEY (1942)
PAPER BULLETS (1941)
GANGS OF CHICAGO (1940)