Laird Cregar

Laird Cregar

Highest Rated: 100% Blood and Sand (1941)

Lowest Rated: 83% The Black Swan (1942)

Birthday: Jul 28, 1913

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Character actor Laird Cregar lived large in every way, from his big, barrel-shaped body to his outsized voice and the panoply of villainous heavies he played in Hollywood cinema. Philadelphia-born Cregar spent summers working for a theater troupe in England before a scholarship to study at the Pasadena Community Playhouse brought him to California in the 1930s. His work in a one-man show about Oscar Wilde caught the attention of the movie industry, and Cregar was signed by Twentieth Century Fox. In 1941 he appeared in his breakout performance as the middle-aged Sir Francis Chesney seeking the hand of a cross-dressing Jack Benny in "Charlie's Aunt." The part displayed Cregar's penchant for playing farce and older characters (he was then just 24). But characters like the brutal, mentally unstable detective in "I Wake Up Screaming" that same year became the staple of Cregar's career, culminating in his most famous performance as Jack the Ripper in 1944's "The Lodger." He was determined not to be typecast, and for his next character, the crazed concert pianist in "Hangover Street," he whittled a hundred pounds off his frame, at the cost of his health. Following filming, Cregar was hospitalized, and then suffered a fatal heart attack. He was only 28. Vincent Price delivered the eulogy at the funeral and just two months later, "Hangover Square" premiered. It would be the only film in which Cregar received top billing.

Highest rated movies

Blood and Sand
This Gun for Hire
I Wake Up Screaming
Heaven Can Wait
The Black Swan

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 71% Hangover Square George Harvey Bone (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 71% The Lodger Mr. Slade (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 78% Holy Matrimony Clive Oxford (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 64% Hello, Frisco, Hello Sam Weaver (Character) - 1943
85% 76% Heaven Can Wait His Excellency (Character) - 1943
83% 73% The Black Swan Capt. Sir Henry Morgan (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen From West Point Maj. Sam Carter (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 62% Joan of Paris Herr Funk (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 67% Rings on Her Fingers Warren (Character) - 1942
94% 81% This Gun for Hire Willard Gates (Character) - 1942
100% 68% Blood and Sand Natalio Curro (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 50% Charley's Aunt Sir Francis Chesney (Character) - 1941
86% 68% I Wake Up Screaming Ed Cornell (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Gooseberry (Character) - 1940

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