Job Actor, film and television producer
Years active 1932-64
Known for Cool and taciturn
Top Roles Whispering Smith, Backwoodsman, Choya, Soldier in Photo Shop, Alexander 'Alec' Austen
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Adventure, Western
Top TopicsBook-Based, World War II, Ranchers
Top Collaborators , (Producer), (Director), (Director)
Shares birthday with Kitty Carlisle, Mantan Moreland, Irene Papas  see more..

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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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:

THE BLOGATHON: Appointment with Danger (1950)

on Sep 4, 2019 From Caftan Woman

Pale Writer Gabriela is hosting The Man Who Would Be Shane: The Blogathon on September 3-6. Click HERE for the tributes to the beloved star. The danger alluded to in the title of this film is in the form of a gang with plans for a big heist from the Postal Service, specifically one member... Read full article


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


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


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Alan Ladd Quotes:

Dan: How are you going to live now? How are you going to live without anybody to hate?
Mitch: I got a hundred thousand dollars. I don't need anybody.


Ruth Lavery: What's your name?
Choya: Choya.
Ruth Lavery: That's Spanish for cactus. Why do they call you that?
Choya: Ever tried to pick one?


Johnny Morrison: I'm sorry, but nothing seems funny to me tonight. It all blows up in your face sometimes.
Joyce Harwood: What does?
Johnny Morrison: Whatever you're doing, whereever you're going.


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He ranked tenth in popularity in a poll of movie fans conducted by the "Motion Picture Herald" in 1947. From 1948-1950, he ranked number one in that poll.

Owing to a clerical error, Ladd was inaccurately included in the cast credits for Born to the West (1937) in studio publicity material. In fact, he was never in the film, despite the fact that it often shows up in his credits and even on the video box!.

Ladd portrayed Dan Holiday on Mutual Radio's "Box 13" (1948-1949). This show was also syndicated.

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