Remembering Peter Lorre

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Born László Löwenstein in 1904 in what was Hungary, he began acting on the stage when he was 17.

Lorre’s career took off after director Fritz Lang cast him as child killer Hans Beckert in M,

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When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Lorre fled to London where he was cast by Alfred Hitchcock in The Man Who Knew Too Much.

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He finally settled in Hollywood and made a plethora of pictures for various studios, including Mad Love

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The Maltese Falcon

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Casablanca

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And of course, the Mr. Moto movies

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Beside the sad-eyed look, he also had that voice:

After World War II, he had a downturn in his career. However, he was the first Bond villain when he portrayed Le Chiffre in a 1954 television adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel Casino Royale:

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One of his last films was Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea:

Here’s an appearance on What’s My Line:

As soon as he speaks, everyone knows who he is.

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