When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, Lorre moved from Berlin to Paris and, eventually, Hollywood. Typecast as a villain, he found himself with no shortage of work. Moving from a villainous role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), he then played Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment in 1935, and followed that up in a series of Mr. Moto movies, in which he played a Japanese detective. He had major roles in The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca.
After the 1940s, he began to gain weight, and played lesser roles, with the exception of Skeeter the clown in the 1959 movie The Big Circus. Lorre's caricature was frequently used in Warner Brothers cartoons, and his persona was used as the basis of the character Flat Top in the Dick Tracy cartoons.
Peter Lorre died in 1964 and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
Lorre has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6619 Hollywood Blvd.
Peter Lorre Facts
|Birth Name||Ladislav Loewenstein|
|Birthday||June 26, 1904|
|Date of death||March 23, 1964 (age 59)|
|Height||5' 5" (1m65) How tall is Peter Lorre compared to you?|
|Beat the Devil|
|Mr. Moto's Last Warning|
|The Secret Agent|
|My Favorite Brunette|
|The Maltese Falcon|
|Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea|
|20,000 Leagues Under the Sea|
|Arsenic and Old Lace|