Peter Lorre (I) (1904–1964)

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Peter Lorre was born László Löwenstein in Rózsahegy in the Slovak area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the son of Hungarian Jewish parents. He learned both Hungarian and German languages from birth, and was educated in elementary and secondary schools in the Austria-Hungary capitol Vienna, but did not complete. As a youth he ran away from home, ... See full bio »

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Casablanca Ugarte
The Maltese Falcon Joel Cairo
Arsenic and Old Lace Dr. Einstein
M Hans Beckert


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 1964 The Patsy
Morgan Heywood
 1964 Muscle Beach Party
Mr. Strangdour
 1963 The Comedy of Terrors
Felix Gillie
 1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Frederick Bergen
- The End of the World, Baby (1963) ... Frederick Bergen
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
The Gypsy
- 5: Part 1 (1963) ... The Gypsy
 1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Archie Lefferts
- Diamond Fever (1963) ... Archie Lefferts
 1963 The Raven
Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Peter Lorre
- Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing (1962) ... Peter Lorre
 1962 Tales of Terror
Montresor (segment "The Black Cat")
 1961 The Gertrude Berg Show (TV Series)
Professor Kestner
- The Trouble with Crayton (1961) ... Professor Kestner
- First Test (1961) ... Professor Kestner
 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Comm. Lucius Emery
 1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
- The Baron Loved His Wife (1961) ... Baron
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Alonzo Pace Graham
- The Human Touch (1961) ... Alonzo Pace Graham
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Victor Laurier
- Incident of the Slavemaster (1960) ... Victor Laurier
 1955-1960 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
King Zurium / Boris - Chief Spy / Mad Scientist / ...
- Clem and the Beanstalk (1960) ... King Zurium
- Appleby the Weatherman (1959) ... Boris - Chief Spy
- Rapid Growth (1959) ... Mad Scientist
- Appleby's Garage (1958)
- Appleby's Patio (1957) ... Mysterious Man
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Alexander Portlass
- The Alexander Portlass Story (1960) ... Alexander Portlass
 1956-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Café Owner / Tenzing / Dr. Ostrow / ...
- The Cruel Day (1960) ... Café Owner
- Turn Left at Mount Everest (1958) ... Tenzing
- The Jet-Propelled Couch (1957) ... Dr. Ostrow
- The Last Tycoon (1957) ... Pete Zavras
 1960 Holiday in Spain
 1957-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Carlos / Tomas Salgado
- Man from the South (1960) ... Carlos
- The Diplomatic Corpse (1957) ... Tomas Salgado
 1959 Five Fingers (TV Series)
The Colonel
- Thin Ice (1959) ... The Colonel
 1959 The Big Circus
 1955-1958 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Heitzer / Mr. Grover
- The Finishers (1956) ... Heitzer
- Young Couples Only (1955) ... Mr. Grover
 1957 Collector's Item: The Left Fist of David (TV Movie)
Mr. Munsey (as Mr. Peter Lorre)
 1957 Hell Ship Mutiny
Commissioner Lamoret
 1957 The Sad Sack
 1957 The Story of Mankind
 1957 Silk Stockings
 1954-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Benny Kellerman / Mr. Ho / Normie / ...
- A Taste for Crime (1957) ... Benny Kellerman
- The Man Who Lost His Head (1956) ... Mr. Ho
- The Fifth Wheel (1956) ... Normie
- A Promise to Murder (1955) ... Mr. Vorhees
- Casino Royale (1954) ... Le Chiffre
 1957 The Buster Keaton Story
Kurt Bergner
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
- Operation Cicero (1956) ... Moyzisch
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Japanese Steward - S.S. Carnatic
 1956 Congo Crossing
Colonel John Miguel Orlando Arragas
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Peter Lorre (uncredited)
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
- No. 5 Checked Out (1956) ... Willy
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Inspector Andre Mondeau
- The Blue Landscape (1955) ... Inspector Andre Mondeau
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
Ambrose Dodson
- The Sure Cure (1955) ... Ambrose Dodson
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
- Reunion in Vienna (1955) ... Poffy
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Dr. Herman Einstein
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1955) ... Dr. Herman Einstein
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Pipe (1954)
 1953 Beat the Devil
Julius O'Hara
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Richard Pratt
- The Taste (1952) ... Richard Pratt
 1951 The Lost Man
Dr. Karl Rothe, alias Dr. Karl Neumeister
 1950 Double Confession
 1950 Quicksand
 1949 Rope of Sand
 1948 Casbah
 1947 My Favorite Brunette
 1946 The Beast with Five Fingers
Hilary Cummins
 1946 The Chase
 1946 The Verdict
Victor Emmric
 1946 Black Angel
 1946 Three Strangers
Johnny West
 1945 Confidential Agent
 1945 Hotel Berlin
Johannes Koenig
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Peter Lorre
 1944 The Conspirators
Jan Bernazsky
 1944 The Mask of Dimitrios
Cornelius Leyden
 1944 Passage to Marseille
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
Sergeant Berger
 1943 Background to Danger
Nikolai Zaleshoff
 1943 The Constant Nymph
Fritz Bercovy
 1943 Arsenic and Old Lace
Dr. Einstein
 1942 Casablanca
 1942 The Boogie Man Will Get You
Dr. Arthur Lorencz
 1942 Invisible Agent
Baron Ikito
 1942 All Through the Night
 1941 The Maltese Falcon
Joel Cairo
 1941 They Met in Bombay
Captain Chang
 1941 Mr. District Attorney
Paul Hyde
 1941 The Face Behind the Mask
Janos 'Johnny' Szabo
 1940 You'll Find Out
Karl Fenninger
 1940 Stranger on the Third Floor
The Stranger
 1940 Island of Doomed Men
Stephen Danel
 1940 I Was an Adventuress
 1940 Strange Cargo
M'sieu Pig
 1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
Mr. Moto
 1939 Mr. Moto in Danger Island
Mr. Moto
 1939 Mr. Moto's Last Warning
Mr. Moto
 1938 Mysterious Mr. Moto
Mr. Moto
 1938 I'll Give a Million
Louie 'The Dope' Monteau
 1938 Mr. Moto Takes a Chance
Mr. Moto
 1938 Mr. Moto's Gamble
Mr. Moto
 1937 Thank You, Mr. Moto
Mr. Moto
 1937 Lancer Spy
Maj. Sigfried Gruning
 1937 Think Fast, Mr. Moto
Mr. Moto
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing!
Prof. Sturm
 1936 Crack-Up
Colonel Gimpy
 1936 Secret Agent
The General
 1935 Crime and Punishment
Roderick Raskolnikov
 1935 Mad Love
Doctor Gogol
 1933 High and Low
Le mendiant
 1933 Invisible Opponent
Henry Pless
 1933 Les requins du pétrole
Henry Pless
 1933 Was Frauen träumen
Otto Fuessli
 1932 F.P.1 Doesn't Answer
Bildreporter Johnny
 1932 Stupéfiants
Le bossu
 1932 Dope
 1932 A Shot at Dawn
 1932 Five from the Jazzband
Car thief
 1931 A Man's a Man
Galy Gay - a packer
 1931 Die Koffer des Herrn O.F.
Redakteur Stix
 1931 Bombs Over Monte Carlo
 1931 M
Hans Beckert
 1929 Die verschwundene Frau
Patient of a Dentist (uncredited)
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[on his first meeting with Alfred Hitchcock before he learned English] I had heard that he loved to tell stories and so I watched him like a hawk, and when I was of the opinion he had just told the punchline of a story, I broke out in such laughter that I almost fell off my chair. See more »


In the early 1990s, his famous accent was parodied yet again on the animated series Mega Man (1994) as the robot henchman Cutman (possibly a wordplay on Sydney Greenstreet's Gutman in The Maltese Falcon (1941)). See more »


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