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Alan Ladd

Alan Walbridge Ladd was an American actor and film and television producer. Ladd found success in film the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly in Westerns and film noirs where he was often paired with Veronica Lake, as she was one of the few Hollywood actresses shorter than he. His popularity diminished in the late 1950s, though he continued to appear in popular films until his death from cerebral edema in January 1964. Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but later relocated to North Hollywood, California when his mother re-married.   He worked briefly as a studio carpenter (as did his stepfather) and for a short time was part of the Universal Pictures studio school for actors.  Intent on acting, he found work in small theatres. He had short term stints at MGM and RKO, and eventually started getting steady work on radio.  Ladd began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, including Citizen Kane , before reaching recognition for his 1942 appearance in This Gun for Hire, invigorating Hollywood's desire for gangster-crime features.  His cool, unsmiling persona proved popular with wartime audiences, and he was quickly established as one of the top box office stars of the decade.  


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Born:
Sep 3, 1913 In Hot Springs, Arkansas USA
Movie/TV Credits:
87
First Appeared:
In the movie Tom Brown of Culver 1932-06-30
Latest Project:
Movie L.A. Confidential 1997-09-19
Known For
Poster of Joan of Paris
Poster of Paper Bullets
Poster of The Light of Western Stars
Poster of The Green Hornet
Filmography
Movie L.A. Confidential Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1997-09-19
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (in "This Gun For Hire") (archive footage) 1982-05-21
Movie The Carpetbaggers Nevada Smith 1964-04-08
Movie 13 West Street Walt Sherill 1962-02-23
Movie Duel of Champions Horatius 1961-10-19
Movie Les Horaces et les Curiaces acteur 1961-07-21
Movie Guns of the Timberland Jim Hadley 1960-02-01
Movie One Foot in Hell Mitch Barrett 1960-09-11
Movie All the Young Men Sgt. Kincaid 1960-08-26
Movie The Man in the Net John Hamilton 1959-06-10
Movie The Deep Six Alexander 'Alec' Austen 1958-01-15
Movie The Proud Rebel John Chandler 1958-07-01
Movie The Badlanders Peter Van Hoek / The Dutchman 1958-09-03
Movie The Big Land Chad Morgan 1957-03-01
Movie Boy on a Dolphin Dr. James 'Jim' Calder 1957-04-18
Movie Santiago Caleb 'Cash' Adams 1956-07-13
Movie The McConnell Story Capt. Joseph C. 'Mac' McConnell, Jr. 1955-09-29
Movie Hell on Frisco Bay Steve Rollins 1955-12-01
Movie Hell Below Zero Duncan Craig 1954-01-13
Movie Saskatchewan Thomas O'Rourke 1954-03-30
Movie A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954-09-28
Movie The Black Knight John 1954-08-26
Movie Drum Beat Johnny MacKay 1954-11-10
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Shane Shane 1953-04-23
Movie Desert Legion Paul Lartal 1953-05-08
Movie Botany Bay Hugh Tallant 1953-10-07
Movie The Red Beret Steve 'Canada' McKendrick 1953-08-11
Movie The Iron Mistress Jim Bowie 1952-11-19
Movie Thunder in the East Steve Gibbs 1952-12-04
Movie Appointment with Danger Al Goddard 1951-05-09
Movie Red Mountain Capt. Brett Sherwood 1951-11-01
Movie Captain Carey, U.S.A. Captain Webster Carey 1950-02-21
Movie Branded Choya 1950-11-03
Movie The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby 1949-07-13
Movie Chicago Deadline Ed Adams 1949-10-17
Movie Saigon Maj. Larry Briggs 1948-03-31
Movie Beyond Glory Capt. Rockwell 'Rocky' Gilman 1948-08-03
Movie Whispering Smith Luke "Whispering" Smith 1948-12-09
Movie Calcutta Neale Gordon 1947-08-29
Movie My Favorite Brunette Sam McCloud (uncredited) 1947-04-04
Movie Variety Girl Himself 1947-08-29
Movie Wild Harvest Joe Madigan 1947-09-26
Movie The Blue Dahlia Johnny Morrison - Lt.Cmdr., ret. 1946-04-16
Movie O.S.S. John Martin 1946-05-26
Movie Two Years Before the Mast Charles Stewart 1946-11-22
Movie Salty O'Rourke Salty O'Rourke 1945-03-22
Movie Hollywood Victory Caravan Himself 1945-09-30
Movie Duffy's Tavern Alan Ladd 1945-09-28
Movie Skirmish on the Home Front Harry W. Average 1944-05-11
Movie And Now Tomorrow Doctor Merek Vance 1944-11-22
Movie China David Jones 1943-04-21
Movie Star Spangled Rhythm Alan Ladd - Scarface Skit 1942-03-05
Movie Sauce for the Gander Man on the Spot Reporter 1942-04-25
Movie Joan of Paris "Baby" 1942-01-20
Movie This Gun for Hire Philip Raven 1942-05-13
Movie Lucky Jordan Lucky Jordan 1942-11-16
Movie The Glass Key Ed Beaumont 1942-10-14
Movie Citizen Kane Reporter Smoking Pipe at End (uncredited) 1941-04-30
Movie The Black Cat Richard Hartley 1941-05-02
Movie I Look at You Himself 1941-02-20
Movie Paper Bullets Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan 1941-06-13
Movie Great Guns Soldier in Photo Shop (uncredited) 1941-10-10
Movie The Reluctant Dragon Al, Baby Weems storyboard artist 1941-06-19
Movie Cross-Country Romance Mr. Williams (First Mate) 1940-07-12
Movie In Old Missouri John Pittman Jr. 1940-04-17
Movie Brother Rat and a Baby Cadet in Trouble 1940-01-13
Movie The Green Hornet Gilpin - Student Pilot (uncredited) 1940-01-08
Movie Those Were The Days! Keg Rearick 1940-07-14
Movie The Light of Western Stars Danny - Stillwell Ranch Hand 1940-04-17
Movie Gangs of Chicago (uncredited) 1940-05-18
Movie Victory Heyst as an 18-Year-Old (uncredited) 1940-12-21
Movie Her First Romance John Gilman 1940-12-25
Movie American Portrait Young man / Old man 1940-07-31
Movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective Elevator Passenger 1940-11-30
Movie Meet the Missus John Williams 1940-11-29
Movie Captain Caution Newton 1940-08-09
Movie The Howards of Virginia Backwoodsman (uncredited) 1940-09-19
Movie The Mysterious Miss X Henchman 1939-01-10
Movie Rulers of the Sea Colin Farrell 1939-11-08
Movie Hitler - Beast of Berlin Karl Bach 1939-10-07
Movie Pigskin Parade Student (uncredited) 1936-10-23
Movie Murder at the Vanities Chorus Boy (uncredited) 1934-05-18
Movie Saturday's Millions Student 1933-09-30
Movie Tom Brown of Culver Cadet 1932-06-30
Movie Once in a Lifetime Projectionist (uncredited) 1932-10-02