Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Blue Dahlia (1946)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% The Carpetbaggers (1964)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Alan Ladd was a short (5' 5"), unexpressive lead actor with icy good looks and a resonant voice. He worked a variety of odd jobs -- in addition to radio and in local theater -- before entering films in his late teens as a bit player and grip. In the mid-'30s, he began appearing regularly in minor screen roles. Hollywood agent Sue Carol discovered him and began trumpeting him as star material, and the actor eventually landed a major role in This Gun for Hire (1942) opposite Veronica Lake. He quickly became a major star, and was teamed with Lake in other films -- all hits. Ladd and Carol married in 1942, and she remained his agent for the rest of his life. On the Top Ten box-office attractions list in 1947, 1953, and 1954, he continued to star in films throughout the '50s, but -- with the exception of Shane (1953) -- few of his films were noteworthy; most were entertaining adventures featuring Ladd bare-chested and in fistfights, but, by the late '50s, their appeal was waning. Ladd was the father of actors Alan Ladd Jr. and David Ladd, and former child actress Alana Ladd. He died in 1964.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Salty O'Rourke Actor 2011
No Score Yet Interview the Best Actor 2008
No Score Yet Best of Film Noir Actor 2000
78% Frantic Bellboy 1988
No Score Yet Family Day at the Movies Actor 1988
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Actor 1984
79% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Actor 1982
No Score Yet Tam Lin Producer 1971
29% The Carpetbaggers Nevada Smith 1964
No Score Yet 13 West Street Actor 1962
No Score Yet Duel of Champions Horatio 1961
No Score Yet One Foot in Hell Mitch Garrett 1960
No Score Yet All the Young Men Sgt. Kincaid 1960
No Score Yet Guns of the Timberland Jim Hadley 1960
No Score Yet The Man in the Net John Hamilton Executive Producer 1959
No Score Yet Island of Lost Women Executive Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Badlanders Peter Van Hoek ('The Dutchman') 1958
No Score Yet The Proud Rebel John Chandler 1958
No Score Yet The Deep Six Alexander 'Alec' Austen 1958
No Score Yet The Big Land Chad Morgan 1957
No Score Yet Boy on a Dolphin Dr. Jim Calder 1957
No Score Yet Santiago Caleb 'Cash' Adams 1956
No Score Yet Drum Beat Johnny MacKay Producer 1955
No Score Yet Hell on Frisco Bay Steve Rollins 1955
No Score Yet The McConnell Story Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr. 1955
No Score Yet The Black Knight John 1954
No Score Yet Hell Below Zero Duncan Craig 1954
No Score Yet Saskatchewan Thomas O'Rourke 1954
No Score Yet The Red Beret (Paratrooper) Steve 'Canada' McKendrick 1953
No Score Yet Botany Bay Hugh Tallant 1953
97% Shane Shane 1953
No Score Yet The Iron Mistress Jim Bowie 1952
No Score Yet Thunder in the East Steve Gibbs 1952
No Score Yet Red Mountain Capt. Brett Sherwood 1951
No Score Yet Appointment With Danger Al Goddard 1951
No Score Yet Captain Carey, U.S.A. Capt. Webster Carey 1950
No Score Yet Branded Choya 1950
No Score Yet Chicago Deadline Ed Adams 1949
33% The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby 1949
No Score Yet Whispering Smith Whispering Smith 1948
No Score Yet Wild Harvest Joe Madigan 1947
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
71% My Favorite Brunette Private Detective 1947
No Score Yet Calcutta Neale Gordon 1947
100% The Blue Dahlia Johnny Morrison 1946
No Score Yet Santa Fe Uprising Actor 1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast Charles Stewart 1946
No Score Yet O.S.S. John Martin 1946
No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow Dr. Merek Vance 1944
No Score Yet China David Jones 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Scarface 1942
88% The Glass Key Ed Beaumont 1942
93% This Gun for Hire Philip Raven 1942
No Score Yet Joan of Paris Baby 1942
No Score Yet The Black Cat Richard Hartley 1941
No Score Yet Great Guns Soldier 1941
No Score Yet They Met in Bombay British Soldier 1941
No Score Yet The Reluctant Dragon Animator 1941
No Score Yet Gangs Inc. Jimmy Kelly 1941
100% Citizen Kane Reporter 1941
No Score Yet Gangs Incorporated Actor 1941
No Score Yet Captain Caution Newton 1940
No Score Yet Brother Rat and a Baby (Baby Be Good) Cadet 1940
No Score Yet The Green Hornet Gilpin 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia Neighbor 1940
No Score Yet The Right Man Cousin's Fiance 1940
No Score Yet Light of Western Stars Danny 1940
No Score Yet Rulers of the Sea Colin Farrell 1939
No Score Yet Hitler -- Beast of Berlin Karl 1939
No Score Yet The Goldwyn Follies Auditioning Singer 1938
No Score Yet Hell Town Inspector 1937
No Score Yet Souls at Sea Sailor 1937
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid Soldier 1937
No Score Yet Pigskin Parade Student 1936
No Score Yet The Cowboy Creed Actor 1936
93% Island of Lost Souls Ape Man 1933
No Score Yet Once in a Lifetime Projectionist 1932
No Score Yet Tom Brown of Culver Cadet (uncredited) 1932

QUOTES FROM Alan Ladd CHARACTERS

Marion Starrett
Are you doing this just for me?
Shane
For you Marian...and Joe and little Joe.
Shane
A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.
Shane
I've heard that you're a low-down Yankee liar.
Jack Wilson
Prove it.
Shane
You can call me Shane. - Guess I spook kinda easy these days.
Shane
Would you put down that gun? Then I'll leave. What's the difference? You're leaving anyway. I'd like it to be my idea.
Shane
I wouldn't know a Ryker from your Jersey cow.
Shane
Long time since I've seen a Jersey cow.
Shane
Didn't expect to find any fences around here.