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Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre in 1946. Photo by Karsh of Ottawa.
László Löwenstein

(1904-06-26)26 June 1904
Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary (now Ružomberok, Slovakia)
Died 23 March 1964(1964-03-23) (aged 59)
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Occupation Actor
Years active 1929–1964
Celia Lovsky
(m. 1934; div. 1945)

Kaaren Verne
(m. 1945; div. 1950)

Anne Marie Brenning
(m. 1953)
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Peter Lorre (born was Ladislav (László) Löwenstein, June 26, 1904March 23, 1964) was a Hungarian-American actor. He did many film noir movies in the 1940s and 1950s.

Early life

Lorre's family was Jewish. Lorre was born in Rózsahegy (Rosenberg) in a country called Austria-Hungary. Now the place where he was born is in the country Slovakia.

He began acting in theaters in Vienna, Breslau, and Zürich.

Escaping from the Nazis

When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, Lorre had to leave Germany. Lorre went to England to be safe from the Nazis. Lorre got work as an actor in a movie by Alfred Hitchcock called The Man Who Knew Too Much. Lorre only knew a little English. At first, it was hard for him to act in English movies.

Moving to Hollywood

In the 1940s, Lorre moved to Hollywood, California (USA). Hollywood is a town where many movies are made. Lorre acted in many movies, playing foreign characters. Lorre played the role of Joel Cairo in the movie The Maltese Falcon (1941) and played the role of "Ugarte" in the movie Casablanca (1942). Lorre played the character of Dr. Einstein in the movie Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).


Lorre got married three times: Celia Lovsky (1934 - 13 March 1945, divorced); Kaaren Verne (25 May 1945 - 1950, divorced) and Annemarie Brenning (21 July 1953 - 23 March 1964, his death). He had his only child with Annemarie, a daughter named Catharine (1953-1985).

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