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Job Actor, film and television producer
Years active 1932-64
Known for Cool and taciturn
Top Roles Choya, Soldier in Photo Shop, Alexander 'Alec' Austen, Backwoodsman, Reporter Smoking Pipe at End
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Adventure, Western
Top TopicsBook-Based, World War II, Ranchers
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Alan Ladd Overview:

Legendary actor, Alan Ladd, was born Alan Walbridge Ladd on Sep 3, 1913 in Hot Springs, AR. Ladd appeared in over 95 film roles. His best known films include This Gun For Hire, The Blue Dahlia, Shane, The Proud Rebel and The Carpetbaggers. Ladd died at the age of 50 on Jan 29, 1964 in Palm Springs, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery (Glendale) in Glendale, CA.

MINI BIO:

Alan Ladd was cool and taciturn -- and too short at 5 feet 6 inches for 1930s films, therefore getting more work in radio than in movies. However, in the 1940s, he married astute agent, Sue Carol (second wife), and suddenly appeared as a kind of fair-haired avenging angel, teaming up with the equally pint-sized Veronica Lake and shooting to world stardom in This Gun for Hire. He then starred in a string of similar tough-guy films, but when the genre passed, so did his top stardom. He took to drink in later years, dying in bed from a mixture of medication and alcohol.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Alan Ladd's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #108 on May 12, 1954. Ladd was never nominated for an Academy Award.

BlogHub Articles:

Betrayed in "Captain Carey, U.S.A."

By Rick29 on Jan 16, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The studio sets are pretty convincing. Webb Carey () provides intelligence to the Allies while hiding out on an island off the coast of Italy during World War II. The local residents know about the Americano and a fellow officer, but not the location of their base of operations. It turns o... Read full article


Style Essentials--Veronica Lake Meets + Iconic Style in 1942's THIS GUN FOR HIRE

on Nov 4, 2014 From GlamAmor

As most know, I am an enormous fan of film noir, particularly those that premiered in the 1940s, and have written about many of them on GlamAmor. It seems appropriate, then, that I have been asked to speak on this very subject at the Skirball Cultural Center on December 7th as part of their extensi... Read full article


How Many Movies Did Veronica Lake and Star in Together?

By Annmarie Gatti on Nov 14, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

How Many Movies Did Veronica Lake and Star in Together?  Veronica Lake and Veronica Lake and made SEVEN films together, including three films in which they appeared as themselves* (Star Spangled Rhythm, Duffy’s Tavern and Variety Girl). This Gun for Hire (1942) ... Read full article


The Dynamic Duos Blogathon: and Veronica Lake

By shadowsandsatin on Jul 12, 2013 From Shadows and Satin

Cool. Compact. Blonde. Gorgeous. That was and Veronica Lake. This visually appealing couple appeared in a total of seven films together – This Gun for Hire (1942), The Glass Key  (1942), Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), Duffy’s Tavern (1945), The Blue Dahlia (1946), Variety Girl (1947), and Sa... Read full article


Just Shy of Respect: The Hollywood Life and Death of

By Mark on Feb 16, 2012 From Where Danger Lives

Most people believe committed suicide, but the details surrounding his death are so convoluted no one can be sure what really happened. History is often guilty of erring on the side of sensationalism — but in Ladd’s case suicide is the logical assumption. In 1962 he was found l... Read full article


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Alan Ladd Quotes:

Man recommending a motel: [walking into the cheap motel] Clean sheets every day they tell me.
Johnny Morrison: How often do they change the fleas?


Peter Van Hoek: And this time, we won't need a button hook...


Dr. Thomas: Don't you feel like a murderer?
Johnny MacKay: No, sir.
Dr. Thomas: Shouldn't you?
Johnny MacKay: I've never shot anyone without cause. My job is to protect the wagon train. When somebody shoots at my people, I shoot back.


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Alan Ladd Facts
Turned down James Dean's role in Giant (1956) and Spencer Tracy's role in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).

He so badly wanted the title role in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) that he personally pressed his case with director David Lean, but Lean cast Peter O'Toole in the part.

In a 1961 interview Ladd was asked, "What would you change about yourself if you could?" He replied tersely: "Everything."

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