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Peter Lorre –

About Peter Lorre (1904 – 1964)
Peter Lorre was Born László Löwenstein on June 26th, 1904, in Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary (now Ruzomberok, Slovakia). He was the son of Alois and Elvira Löwenstein, and grew up in Viena, attending elementary school and high school.

At seventeen, Peter ran away from home. Wowed by the stage, Peter was bitten by the acting bug, and signed up to take stage training in Vienna, joining an improv theater. He made his acting debut on the stage in Zurich. Peter traveled around Germany, Austria and Switzerland living from acting gig to acting gig, for seven years.

In 1925, he took the stage name, Lorre.

Peter's big break was to be noticed by Fritz Lang, who cast Peter as the psychopathic child killer, Hans Beckert, in his film, M, a 1931 crime thriller. Peter showed that he could really act in a dramatic role.

This German language film led to other roles in German cinema. When Hitler came to power, Peter left for Paris, after being warned by Josef Goebbels to do so. Peter then went to England, and finally came to America to seek his fortune in Hollywood films.

While in England, Peter was hired by Alfred Hitchcock to be in The Man Who Knew Too Much, in 1934. Because of his limited ability to speak English, Peter learned his lines phonetically.

Peter Lorre's two biggest American hits were The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca.

Peter Lorre was given credit for convincing Humphrey Bogart to marry Lauren Bacall, despite the large difference in their ages.

Peter Lorre was also working in television, including such TV Series as: 77 Sunset Strip, Kraft Suspense Theatre, The Dupont Show Of The Week, Rawhide, The Red Skelton Hour, Playhouse 90, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Though Peter was unlucky at love, having three marriages, he was still friends with all of his ex-wives; his ashes were mixed with those of his third wife.

Peter Lorre's notable movie credits include...

The Patsy (1964)
Muscle Beach Party (1964)
The Comedy Of Terrors (1964)
The Raven (1963)
Five Weeks In A Balloon (1962)
Tales Of Terror (1962)
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (1961)
Scent Of Mystery (1960)
The Big Circus (1959)
Hell Ship Mutiny (1957)
The Sad Sack (1957)
The Story Of Mankind (1957)
Silk Stockings (1957)
The Buster Keaton Story (1957)
Around The World In Eighty Days (1956)
Congo Crossing (1956)
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Crime And Punishment (1935)
Mad Love (1935)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
M (1931)


Peter Lorre in
Around The World In 80 Days.


Peter Lorre in Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (1961).


Peter Lorre in M (1931).



Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon.



Peter Lorre in Arsenic And Old Lace (1944).



Lorre in Beat The Devil (1953).