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Peter Lorre

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Character professional who played assignments in Casablanca as well as the Maltese Falcon. He performed a serial killer in M, and portrayed Le Chiffre within the 1954 tv adaptation of Modern casino Royale. At age group 17, he started his acting profession on stage, dealing with well-known musician and puppeteer Richard Teschner. He performed a serial killer within the German film M. His third relationship to Anne Marie Brenning in 1953 led to the delivery of his just child. He once acted with Humphrey Bogart.

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Full Name Peter Lorre
Date Of Birth June 26, 1904
Died March 23, 1964, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Ruzomberok, Slovakia
Height 1.6 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Annemarie Brenning, Kaaren Verne, Celia Lovsky
Children Catharine Lorre
Parents Alois Loewenstein, Elvira Freischberger
Awards German Film Award - Honorable Mention
Movies Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, M, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Mad Love, Arsenic and Old Lace, Beat the Devil, The Lost One, The Raven, Tales of Terror, The Comedy of Terrors, Mr. Moto's Last Warning, The Beast with Five Fingers, Secret Agent, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Mask of Dimitrios, Crime and Punishment, Stranger on the Third Floor, The Chase, Silk Stockings, Think Fast, Mr. Moto, Three Strangers, Mysterious Mr. Moto, My Favorite Brunette, The Patsy, All Through the Night, The Face Behind the Mask, Passage to Marseille, Thank You, Mr. Moto, The Verdict, Island of Doomed Men, Black Angel, Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation, Mr. Moto's Gamble, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Strange Cargo, Five Weeks in a Balloon, Mr. Moto in Danger Island, Mr. Moto Takes a Chance, Around the World in 80 Days, Rope of Sand, You'll Find Out, Background to Danger, Muscle Beach Party, The Boogie Man Will Get You, Invisible Agent, The Conspirators, Quicksand, Lancer Spy, The Story of Mankind, The Big Circus
TV Shows Casino Royale
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1Lorre was unhappy when Fox assigned him to the first Moto film, but as he had recently been discharged from a rehab for his morphine addiction, he accepted the part with reluctance,.
2Spoke English, German, French and Hungarian.
3He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
4Peter Lorre passed away on March 23, 1964, three months away from what would have been his 60th birthday on June 26.
5He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Casablanca (1942) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956).
6Lorre had been signed to reprise his role of Strangdour, from Muscle Beach Party, in the next beach film of the series: Bikini Beach. However, he died before production began on that film.
7In the early 1950s, Lorre became seriously ill with a malady that affected his glands, causing a metabolic change. After recuperating, the actor gained almost 100 pounds, which aggravated a chronic high blood pressure condition that permanently altered his appearance and necessitated constant treatment.
8In 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.
9While living as an expatriate in Paris, Lorre lived in the same shabby rooming house as future Hollywood luminaries Paul Lukas, Oscar Homolka and Franz Waxman.
10Lorre sold Hitchcock the screen rights to "Secret Agent" in addition to co-starring in the film. The actor liked to collect valuable story properties, which were estimated to value $350,000 by 1944.
11He was sought for a role in The Black Sleep (1956), but when the cost-conscious producers deemed his salary request too high he was replaced by Akim Tamiroff.
12Alfred Hitchcock was reputed to have said that one of Lorre's nicknames was "The Walking Overcoat". This moniker was given to Lorre because he used to rehearse in a floor-length overcoat, no matter what the season of the year was.
13Is mentioned in the lyrics of Al Stewart's 1976 song "Year of the Cat".
14Lorre is the inspiration for the ghost mascot of the General Mills cereal, Boo Berry.
15Subject of a 1986 Jazz Butcher Conspiracy song.
16His performance as Hans Beckert in M (1931) is ranked #79 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time (April, 2004 issue).
17His performance as Hans Beckert in M (1931) was ranked at #94 on Premiere magazine's list of 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time (April, 2006 issue).
18Seems to be the object of tribute in many animated works, such as N. Gin in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001), the Ceiling Lamp in The Brave Little Toaster (1987), Ren Hoek in The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991), the Maggot in Corpse Bride (2005) and a mad scientist and gangster in several Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons.
19Lorre's speech and mannerisms provided the inspiration for the villainous character Rocky Rococo in the Firesign Theater's 1968 radio play "The Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye".
20Is portrayed by Herbie Braha in Bogie (1980).
21He convinced Humphrey Bogart to marry Lauren Bacall, despite the age difference. He did so by saying, "Five good years are better than none!".
22Remained friends with all his wives. His third wife's ashes are combined with his, despite their being separated at the time of his death.
23Is the subject of a stage show and album by the World/Inferno Friendship Society called Peter Lorre's 20th Century: Addicted to Bad Ideas. The music is meant to outline Lorre's life, and the show is narrated with monologues and dialog between band members.
24Host/performer of NBC Radio's "Mystery in the Air" (1947).
25It was reportedly Joseph Goebbels himself who warned Lorre to flee Germany.
26When he arrived in Great Britain, his first meeting with a British director was with Alfred Hitchcock. By smiling and laughing as Hitchcock talked, the director was unaware that Lorre had a limited command of the English language. Hitchcock cast him in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). Lorre learned much of his part phonetically.
27Lorre suggested to Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures that they make a film version of Crime and Punishment (1935) with him in the role of Raskolnikov. Cohn agreed to the project if Lorre would agree to be loaned out to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for Mad Love (1935).
28His distinctive voice gave Lorre a successful career in radio. He guest-starred on all of the comedy/variety series from the mid-1930s into the 1950s, as well as thrillers such as "Inner Sanctum Mysteries" and "Suspense", and had three radio series of his own: "Mystery in the Air", "Nightmare", and for the Armed Forces Radio Services, "Mystery Playhouse".
29He established his own production company, Lorre Incorporated. The company was mismanaged and Lorre filed for backruptcy.
30John Kricfalusi, creator of the animated series The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991), has said that Lorre inspired the character Ren.
31As a young man in Vienna, he was a student of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler.
32During the House Un-American Activities Committee's investigation of Communist infiltration of Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s, Lorre was interviewed by investigators and asked to name anyone suspicious he had met since coming to the United States. He responded by giving them a list of everyone he knew.
33In the early 1990s, his famous accent was parodied yet again on the animated series Mega Man (1994) as the robot henchman Cutman (possibly a wordplay on Sydney Greenstreet's Gutman in The Maltese Falcon (1941)).
34About 1977, his daughter Catharine Lorre was almost abducted in Los Angeles by the serial killers known as the Hillside Stranglers. She was stopped by Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who were impersonating policemen. When they realized she was Lorre's daughter, they let her go because the actor was famous for playing a serial killer in Fritz Lang's M (1931). Catharine Lorre did not realize that they were killers until after they were arrested.
35Spike Jones had a hit record with his wacky cover version of "My Old Flame" with voice actor Paul Frees doing a Lorre impression for the vocal. When Lorre appeared on Jones' radio show he had to learn the "Paul Frees" way of being Peter Lorre, as Peter himself was not quite the madman that Paul had made him out to be. Also imitated by Mel Blanc in a handful of Warner Bros. cartoons, and the vocal inspiration for the character Flat Top in The Dick Tracy Show (1961).
36Following his death, he was interred at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever Cemetery) in Hollywood, California, in the Cathedral Mausoleum.
37Separated from wife, Annemarie Brenning, in October 1962; a divorce hearing had been scheduled for the day Lorre died, March 23, 1964.
38Had one daughter: Catharine Lorre (born 1953). She passed away on May 7, 1985.
39His image from M (1931) was unwittingly used on the German poster for the anti-semitic propaganda film, The Eternal Jew (1940), as an example of a typical Jew.
40Was the very first James Bond villain; he played Le Chiffre in a 1954 version of Casino Royale on the television series Climax! (1954).
41Was a favorite characterization for the famed Warner Bros. cartoonists, as he tangled several times with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. He was also portrayed as a fish in a Dr. Seuss Warner Bros. cartoon, Horton Hatches the Egg (1942).
42According to Vincent Price, when he and Peter Lorre went to view Bela Lugosi's body during Bela's funeral, Lorre, upon seeing Lugosi dressed in his famous Dracula cape, quipped, "Do you think we should drive a stake through his heart just in case?".
43He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
44Peter Lorre passed away on March 23, 1964, three months away from what would have been his 60th birthday on June 26.
45He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Casablanca (1942) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956).
46Lorre had been signed to reprise his role of Strangdour, from Muscle Beach Party, in the next beach film of the series: Bikini Beach. However, he died before production began on that film.
47In the early 1950s, Lorre became seriously ill with a malady that affected his glands, causing a metabolic change. After recuperating, the actor gained almost 100 pounds, which aggravated a chronic high blood pressure condition that permanently altered his appearance and necessitated constant treatment.
48In 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.
49While living as an expatriate in Paris, Lorre lived in the same shabby rooming house as future Hollywood luminaries Paul Lukas, Oscar Homolka and Franz Waxman.
50Lorre sold Hitchcock the screen rights to "Secret Agent" in addition to co-starring in the film. The actor liked to collect valuable story properties, which were estimated to value $350,000 by 1944.
51He was sought for a role in The Black Sleep (1956), but when the cost-conscious producers deemed his salary request too high he was replaced by Akim Tamiroff.
52Alfred Hitchcock was reputed to have said that one of Lorre's nicknames was "The Walking Overcoat". This moniker was given to Lorre because he used to rehearse in a floor-length overcoat, no matter what the season of the year was.
53Is mentioned in the lyrics of Al Stewart's 1976 song "Year of the Cat".
54Lorre is the inspiration for the ghost mascot of the General Mills cereal, Boo Berry.
55Subject of a 1986 Jazz Butcher Conspiracy song.
56His performance as Hans Beckert in M (1931) is ranked #79 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time (April, 2004 issue).
57His performance as Hans Beckert in M (1931) was ranked at #94 on Premiere magazine's list of 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time (April, 2006 issue).
58Seems to be the object of tribute in many animated works, such as N. Gin in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001), the Ceiling Lamp in The Brave Little Toaster (1987), Ren Hoek in The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991), the Maggot in Corpse Bride (2005) and a mad scientist and gangster in several Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons.
59Lorre's speech and mannerisms provided the inspiration for the villainous character Rocky Rococo in the Firesign Theater's 1968 radio play "The Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye".
60Is portrayed by Herbie Braha in Bogie (1980).
61He convinced Humphrey Bogart to marry Lauren Bacall, despite the age difference. He did so by saying, "Five good years are better than none!".
62Remained friends with all his wives. His third wife's ashes are combined with his, despite their being separated at the time of his death.
63Is the subject of a stage show and album by the World/Inferno Friendship Society called Peter Lorre's 20th Century: Addicted to Bad Ideas. The music is meant to outline Lorre's life, and the show is narrated with monologues and dialog between band members.
64Host/performer of NBC Radio's "Mystery in the Air" (1947).
65It was reportedly Joseph Goebbels himself who warned Lorre to flee Germany.
66When he arrived in Great Britain, his first meeting with a British director was with Alfred Hitchcock. By smiling and laughing as Hitchcock talked, the director was unaware that Lorre had a limited command of the English language. Hitchcock cast him in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). Lorre learned much of his part phonetically.
67Lorre suggested to Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures that they make a film version of Crime and Punishment (1935) with him in the role of Raskolnikov. Cohn agreed to the project if Lorre would agree to be loaned out to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for Mad Love (1935).
68His distinctive voice gave Lorre a successful career in radio. He guest-starred on all of the comedy/variety series from the mid-1930s into the 1950s, as well as thrillers such as "Inner Sanctum Mysteries" and "Suspense", and had three radio series of his own: "Mystery in the Air", "Nightmare", and for the Armed Forces Radio Services, "Mystery Playhouse".
69He established his own production company, Lorre Incorporated. The company was mismanaged and Lorre filed for backruptcy.
70John Kricfalusi, creator of the animated series The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991), has said that Lorre inspired the character Ren.
71As a young man in Vienna, he was a student of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler.
72During the House Un-American Activities Committee's investigation of Communist infiltration of Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s, Lorre was interviewed by investigators and asked to name anyone suspicious he had met since coming to the United States. He responded by giving them a list of everyone he knew.
73In the early 1990s, his famous accent was parodied yet again on the animated series Mega Man (1994) as the robot henchman Cutman (possibly a wordplay on Sydney Greenstreet's Gutman in The Maltese Falcon (1941)).
74About 1977, his daughter Catharine Lorre was almost abducted in Los Angeles by the serial killers known as the Hillside Stranglers. She was stopped by Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who were impersonating policemen. When they realized she was Lorre's daughter, they let her go because the actor was famous for playing a serial killer in Fritz Lang's M (1931). Catharine Lorre did not realize that they were killers until after they were arrested.
75Spike Jones had a hit record with his wacky cover version of "My Old Flame" with voice actor Paul Frees doing a Lorre impression for the vocal. When Lorre appeared on Jones' radio show he had to learn the "Paul Frees" way of being Peter Lorre, as Peter himself was not quite the madman that Paul had made him out to be. Also imitated by Mel Blanc in a handful of Warner Bros. cartoons, and the vocal inspiration for the character Flat Top in The Dick Tracy Show (1961).
76Following his death, he was interred at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever Cemetery) in Hollywood, California, in the Cathedral Mausoleum.
77Separated from wife, Annemarie Brenning, in October 1962; a divorce hearing had been scheduled for the day Lorre died, March 23, 1964.
78Had one daughter: Catharine Lorre (born 1953). She passed away on May 7, 1985.
79His image from M (1931) was unwittingly used on the German poster for the anti-semitic propaganda film, The Eternal Jew (1940), as an example of a typical Jew.
80Was the very first James Bond villain; he played Le Chiffre in a 1954 version of Casino Royale on the television series Climax! (1954).
81Was a favorite characterization for the famed Warner Bros. cartoonists, as he tangled several times with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. He was also portrayed as a fish in a Dr. Seuss Warner Bros. cartoon, Horton Hatches the Egg (1942).
82According to Vincent Price, when he and Peter Lorre went to view Bela Lugosi's body during Bela's funeral, Lorre, upon seeing Lugosi dressed in his famous Dracula cape, quipped, "Do you think we should drive a stake through his heart just in case?".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Checkmate1961TV SeriesAlonzo Pace Graham
Rawhide1960TV SeriesVictor Laurier
The Red Skelton Hour1955-1960TV SeriesKing Zurium / Boris - Chief Spy / Mad Scientist / ...
Wagon Train1960TV SeriesAlexander Portlass
Playhouse 901956-1960TV SeriesCafé Owner / Tenzing / Dr. Ostrow / ...
Scent of Mystery1960Smiley
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1957-1960TV SeriesCarlos / Tomas Salgado
Five Fingers1959TV SeriesThe Colonel
The Big Circus1959Skeeter
The Milton Berle Show1958TV SeriesGuest
Collector's Item1958TV MovieMr. Munsey
Hell Ship Mutiny1957Commissioner Lamoret
The Sad Sack1957Abdul
The Story of Mankind1957Nero
Silk Stockings1957Brankov
Climax!1954-1957TV SeriesBenny Kellerman / Mr. Ho / Normie / ...
The Buster Keaton Story1957Kurt Bergner
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956TV SeriesMoyzisch
Around the World in 80 Days1956Japanese Steward - S.S. Carnatic
Congo Crossing1956Colonel John Miguel Orlando Arragas
Studio 571955-1956TV SeriesHeitzer / Mr. Grover
Meet Me in Las Vegas1956Peter Lorre (uncredited)
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesWilly
Young Couples Only1955TV ShortMr. Grover
The Star and the Story1955TV SeriesInspector Andre Mondeau
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater1955TV SeriesAmbrose Dodson
Producers' Showcase1955TV SeriesPoffy
The Best of Broadway1955TV SeriesDr. Herman Einstein
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea1954Conseil
Schlitz Playhouse1954TV Series
The United States Steel Hour1953TV Series
Beat the Devil1953Julius O'Hara
Suspense1952TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1952TV SeriesRichard Pratt
Der Verlorene1951Dr. Karl Rothe, alias Dr. Karl Neumeister
Double Confession1950Paynter
Quicksand1950Nick
Rope of Sand1949Toady
Casbah1948Slimane
My Favorite Brunette1947Kismet
The Beast with Five Fingers1946Hilary Cummins
The Chase1946Gino
The Verdict1946Victor Emmric
Black Angel1946Marko
Three Strangers1946Johnny West
Confidential Agent1945Contreras
Hotel Berlin1945Johannes Koenig
Hollywood Canteen1944Peter Lorre
The Conspirators1944Jan Bernazsky
Arsenic and Old Lace1944Dr. Einstein
The Mask of Dimitrios1944Cornelius Leyden
Passage to Marseille1944Marius
The Cross of Lorraine1943Sergeant Berger
Background to Danger1943Nikolai Zaleshoff
The Constant Nymph1943Fritz Bercovy
Casablanca1942Ugarte
The Boogie Man Will Get You1942Dr. Arthur Lorencz
Invisible Agent1942Baron Ikito
All Through the Night1942Pepi
The Maltese Falcon1941Joel Cairo
They Met in Bombay1941Captain Chang
Mr. District Attorney1941Paul Hyde
The Face Behind the Mask1941Janos 'Johnny' Szabo
You'll Find Out1940Karl Fenninger
Stranger on the Third Floor1940The Stranger
Island of Doomed Men1940Stephen Danel
I Was an Adventuress1940Polo
Strange Cargo1940M'sieu Pig
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation1939Mr. Moto
Mr. Moto in Danger Island1939Mr. Moto
Mr. Moto's Last Warning1939Mr. Moto
Mysterious Mr. Moto1938Mr. Moto
I'll Give a Million1938Louie 'The Dope' Monteau
Mr. Moto Takes a Chance1938Mr. Moto
Mr. Moto's Gamble1938Mr. Moto
Thank You, Mr. Moto1937Mr. Moto
Lancer Spy1937Maj. Sigfried Gruning
Think Fast, Mr. Moto1937Kentaro Moto
Nancy Steele Is Missing!1937Prof. Sturm
Crack-Up1936Colonel Gimpy
Secret Agent1936The General
Crime and Punishment1935Roderick Raskolnikov
Mad Love1935Doctor Gogol
The Man Who Knew Too Much1934Abbott
Du haut en bas1933Le mendiant
Unsichtbare Gegner1933Henry Pless
Les requins du pétrole1933Henry Pless
Was Frauen träumen1933Otto Fuessli
F.P.1 Doesn't Answer1932Bildreporter Johnny
Stupéfiants1932Le bossu
Dope1932Hunchback
Schuß im Morgengrauen1932Klotz
Fünf von der Jazzband1932Car thief
A Man's a Man1931Galy Gay - a packer
Die Koffer des Herrn O.F.1931Redakteur Stix
Bombs Over Monte Carlo1931Pawlitschek
M1931Hans Beckert
Der weiße Teufel1930
Die verschwundene Frau1929Patient of a Dentist (uncredited)
The Patsy1964Morgan Heywood
Muscle Beach Party1964Mr. Strangdour
The Comedy of Terrors1963Felix Gillie
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV SeriesFrederick Bergen
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesThe Gypsy
The DuPont Show of the Week1963TV SeriesArchie Lefferts
The Raven1963Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
Route 661962TV SeriesPeter Lorre
Five Weeks in a Balloon1962Ahmed
Tales of Terror1962Montresor (segment "The Black Cat")
The Gertrude Berg Show1961TV SeriesProfessor Kestner
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1961Comm. Lucius Emery
The Best of the Post1961TV SeriesBaron

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jack Benny Program1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
Silk Stockings1957performer: "Too Bad We Can't Go Back to Moscow", "Red Blues", "Siberia" - uncredited
One in a Million1936"Horror Boys of Hollywood" 1936
Bombs Over Monte Carlo1931performer: "Jawohl, Herr Kapitän"
M1931performer: "La Marseillaise" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Der Verlorene1951novel / screenplay

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Der Verlorene1951

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
49/95: Tausendjahrekino1995Documentary short voice

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Evocator2009Short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Merv Griffin Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jack Benny Program1963TV SeriesHimself / Luverne Goodheart
Tell It to Groucho1962TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960-1961TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1954-1960TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
What's My Line?1952-1960TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Bob Hope Show1956TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1954-1955TV SeriesHimself
The George Gobel Show1955TV SeriesHimself
The Red Skelton Hour1955TV SeriesHimself / Ralph Kramden / Jackie Gleason
The Paul Winchell Show1953TV SeriesHimself
The Dave Garroway Show1953TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1953TV SeriesHimself
All Star Revue1953TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1949-1952TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Variety1949TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Stars1949TV SeriesHimself - Actor
We, the People1949TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Miss Moto, Part 12015ShortMr. Moto
Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen2014DocumentaryHimself
German Grusel - Die Edgar Wallace-Serie2011TV Movie documentaryHans Beckert (uncredited)
Cabaret-Berlin, la scène sauvage2010TV Movie documentaryherr Stix
American Masters2009TV Series documentary
Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock2009TV Movie documentaryAbbott / The General (uncredited)
Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics2008TV Movie documentaryConseil
Displaced Person - Peter Lorre und sein Film 'Der Verlorene'2007Video documentaryDr. Karl Rothe, alias Dr. Karl Neumeister
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2007TV Series documentaryDr. Adolphus Bedlo Montresor (segment "The Black Cat")
Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb2007VideoMr. Jekyll
The Mysterious Mr. Lorre: A Conversation with Stephen Youngkin2006Video documentary shortHimself
Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten2006TV Movie documentaryMorgan Heywood (uncredited)
The Originals2005Documentary shortHimself
Fritz Lang, le cercle du destin - Les films allemands2004TV Movie documentaryHans Beckert (in "M") (uncredited)
The Making of '20000 Leagues Under the Sea'2003Video documentaryHimself
Satin and Silk2003Video shortHimself
Prisoner of Paradise2002DocumentaryHimself
Das Jahrhundert des Theaters2002TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Horror2001TV Movie documentaryHimself Hans Beckert Joel Cairo ...
Film Breaks1999TV Series documentaryMr. Moto
Biography1996-1997TV Series documentaryHimself / Various characters
Bogart: The Untold Story1996TV Movie documentaryJoel Cairo (uncredited)
It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein1994TV Movie documentary
Dream On1990TV SeriesCharacter in dream scene
Milton Berle, the Second Time Around: The Funny Fifties1989Video
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick1988DocumentaryHimself
Das doppelte Gesicht: Peter Lorre1984TV Movie documentary
Coming Soon1982Video documentaryBaron Ikito (uncredited)
Red Skelton: A Comedy Scrapbook1981Video documentaryHimself
The Hollywood Clowns1979Video documentary
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1976TV SeriesConseil
Filmemigration aus Nazideutschland1975TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinéastes de notre temps1967TV Series documentary
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesDr. Adolphus Bedlo
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryJoel Cairo (uncredited)
Hour of Stars1956TV Series
The Ed Sullivan Show1956TV SeriesHimself
Undercover1944DocumentarySpy (uncredited)
How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines1943DocumentarySecret Agent (uncredited)
Der ewige Jude1940DocumentaryHans Beckert
Juden ohne Maske1937Documentary short

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6619 Hollywood Blvd.
1952CertificateGerman Film AwardsHonorable MentionDer Verlorene (1951)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951Golden LionVenice Film FestivalDer Verlorene (1951)

TitleSalary
Beat the Devil (1953)$15,000
Casablanca (1942)$500
Beat the Devil (1953)$15,000
Casablanca (1942)$500

#Quote
1[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.
2All that anyone needs to imitate me is two soft-boiled eggs and a bedroom voice.
3[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.
4All that anyone needs to imitate me is two soft-boiled eggs and a bedroom voice.

#Trademark
1Small stature
2Large popped eyes
3Eerie eccentric characters usually up to no good
4Roles in horror films/films with dark subject matter
5Spoke with an almost feminine clear slow tenor voice
6Distinctive clipped manner of speaking
7Raspy voice
8Small stature
9Large popped eyes
10Eerie eccentric characters usually up to no good
11Roles in horror films/films with dark subject matter
12Spoke with an almost feminine clear slow tenor voice
13Distinctive clipped manner of speaking
14Raspy voice

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