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Birthday: June 26, 1904
Place: Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary [now Ruzomberok, Slovakia]
Height: 5' 5"
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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 seven years acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast as the psychopathic child killer in M (1931). After several more films in Germany, Lorre left as the Nazis came to power, going to Paris, London and, in 1935, Hollywood. He played Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment (1935/I) and a series of Mr. Moto movies during the late 1930s. He began his pairing with Sydney Greenstreet as Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon (1941), continued in Casablanca (1942) and seven other films during the early 1940s. In Germany he wrote, directed and starred in Verlorene, Der (1951). After that, somewhat heavier, he played in a string of not-so-stellar efforts, one exception being his role as a clown in The Big Circus (1959). He died the year he made his last movie, playing a stooge in Jerry Lewis' The Patsy (1964).
- According 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?"
- Was 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).
- Was the very first James Bond villain; he played Le Chiffre in a 1954 version of Casino Royale on the TV show "Climax!" (1954).
- His image from M (1931) was unwittingly used on the German poster for the anti-semitic propaganda film, The Eternal Jew (1933), as an example of a typical Jew.
- Daughter: Catharine Lorre, born 1950.
- Separated from wife 'Annemarie Brenning' October 1962; a divorce hearing had been scheduled for the day Lorre died, 23 March 1964.
- Hobby: Sketching
- Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA, in the Cathedral Mausoleum.
- Spike 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).
- His daughter, Catharine Lorre, was once almost abducted by The Hillside Stranglers. She was stopped by the Stranglers, Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, imitating policemen. When they found out she was Lorre's daughter, they let her go. She didn't realize that they were killers until after they were caught.
- In the early 1990s, his famous accent was parodied yet again in the cartoon show "Mega Man" (1995) as the robot henchman Cutman (possibly a wordplay on Sydney Greenstreet's Gutman in The Maltese Falcon (1941)).
- The cartoon character that advertised the cereal "Booberry" mimicked Lorre's Austrian accent.
- During the House Un-American Activities Committee's "investigation" of supposed 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 US. He responded by giving them a list of everyone he knew.
- As a young man in Vienna, he was a student of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.
- John Kricfalusi, creator of the cartoon "The Ren & Stimpy Show" (1991), has said that Lorre inspired the character of Ren.
- He established his own production company, Lorre Incorporated. The company was mismanaged and Lorre filed for backruptcy.
- His 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".
- Lorre suggested to Harry Cohn of Columbia that they make a film version of Crime and Punishment (1935/I) with him in the role of Raskolnikov. Cohn agreed to the project if Lorre would agree to be loaned out to MGM for Mad Love (1935).
- When 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.
- It was reportedly Josef Goebbels himself who warned Lorre to flee Germany.
- Host/performer of NBC Radio's "Mystery in the Air" (1947).
- Is the subject of two songs by The World/Inferno Friendship Society, entitled "Fiend in Wein" and "Peter Lorre".
- Remained friends with all his wives. His third wife's ashes are combined with his, despite their being separated at the time of his death.
- He convinced Humphrey Bogart to marry Lauren Bacall, despite the age difference. He did so by saying, "Five good years are better than none!"
- Is portrayed by Herb Graham in Bogie (1980) (TV)
- Lorre's speech and mannerisms provided the inspiration for the villainous 'Rocky Rococo' character in the Firesign Theater's 1968 radio play "The Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye".
- Seems to be the object of tribute in many animated works, such as N. Gin in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001) (VG), the Ceiling Lamp in The Brave Little Toaster (1987), Ren Hoek in "The Ren & Stimpy Show" (1991) and a mad scientist and gangster in several Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons.
- His performance as Hans Beckert in M (1931) was ranked at #94 on Premiere Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time.
- His performance as Hans Beckert in "M" (1931) is ranked #79 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Subject of a 1986 Jazz Butcher Conspiracy song.
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