|Peter Lorre Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||June 26, 1904|
|Date of Death||March 23, 1964|
Peter Lorre was a Hungarian-American actor who became an international sensation for his role as Hans Beckert in the Weimar Republic-era film M (1931).
Lazzy, Europe’s One Man Chamber of Horrors, The Master of Horror, Lord High Minister of all that is sinister
Peter Lorre was born on June 26, 1904.
Peter Lorre died on March 23, 1964, at the age of 59, in Los Angeles, California, United States due to a stroke.
Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary (now Ružomberok, Slovakia)
He completed his elementary and secondary schooling in the Austria-Hungary capital Vienna.
- Father – Elvira (Freischberger)
- Mother – Alois Lajos Löwenstein
- Siblings – He had two brothers.
- Others – Wilhelm Löwenstein (Paternal Grandfather), Lotti Stern (Paternal Grandmother), Ladislaus Laszlo Freischberger (Maternal Grandfather), Julia Schlesinger (Maternal Grandmother), Peter had two half-siblings, Melanie Klein (Step-Mother)
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
64 kg or 141 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Peter was married to –
- Celia Lovsky (1934-1945) – Peter was married to Austrian-American actress Celia Lovsky from 1934 to March 13, 1945.
- Barbara Pepper (1939-1940)
- Kaaren Verne (1945-1950) – He tied the knot with German-born actress Kaaren Verne on May 25, 1945, but divorced in 1950.
- Anne Marie Brenning (1953-1964) – Peter tied the knot with Anne Marie Brenning on July 21, 1953, and lived with her until his death on March 23, 1964. The couple had a daughter named Catharine Lorre (b. 1953). His daughter Catherine died on May 7, 1985, at the age of 32, due to complications from diabetes.
Race / Ethnicity
Peter had Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
- Breathy voice
- His clipped manner of speaking
- He would speak with an almost feminine clear slow tenor voice
- Peter mainly appeared in horror films/films with dark subject matter
- Eerie eccentric characters usually up to no good
- Large popped eyes
- Small stature
Peter Lorre Facts
- His parents had recently moved to Rózsahegy in Liptó County before his birth. It was a result of his father getting a job as a chief bookkeeper at a local textile mill. His father also served as a lieutenant in the Austrian Army Reserve.
- Peter was just four years old when his mother passed away.
- During the outbreak of the Second Balkan War in 1913, his family relocated to Vienna.
- At the age of 17, Lorre started to take an interest in acting and worked with Viennese Art Nouveau artist and puppeteer Richard Teschner. After that, Peter lived in various places including Breslau, Zürich, and Berlin.
- Lorre made his debut theatrical film appearance as Hans Beckert in M in 1931.
- Peter’s daughter was at the center of media after serial killer Kenneth Bianchi confessed to police investigators during his interrogation that he and his cousin Angelo Buono (Hillside Strangler), posed as undercover police officers, had stopped her in 1977 with the intent of abducting and murdering her but decided to let her go on learning that she was the daughter of Peter. However, Catherine did not realize the horror she could have gone through until she heard about Bianchi’s confession.
- He was a cartoonist for the Being Warner Bros.
- Lorre had suffered from chronic gallbladder troubles for a long time for which he was prescribed morphine. However, it soon became an addiction for him but overcame his addiction for a short while.
- After his death on March 23, 1964, Peter was cremated and his ashes were laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.
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