Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Highest Rated: 100% Silk Stockings (1957)

Lowest Rated: 67% Invisible Agent (1942)

Birthday: Jun 26, 1904

Birthplace: Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary

A product of Berlin's post World War I experimental theatre scene, Peter Lorre honed his craft in plays by Shakespeare, Goethe and Shaw, but achieved international fame as a child killer in Fritz Lang's incendiary "M" (1931). After making his English language debut for Alfred Hitchcock in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934), Lorre was lured to Hollywood with the promise of a studio contract. Warehoused for a year by Columbia Pictures, Lorre was loaned out to play more maniacs in "Mad Love" (1935) and "Stranger on the Third Floor" (1940). Against the better judgment of the Warner Brothers front office, first time filmmaker John Huston took a chance on Lorre by casting him as the villainous Joel Cairo to Humphrey Bogart's steely shamus Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon" (1941). Lorre and Bogart became frequent co-stars in such World War II era fare as "Across the Pacific" (1941), "Casablanca" (1942) and "Passage to Marseilles" (1944). Despite playing the occasional heroic role, Lorre remained typecast as misfits and miscreants. Plagued by ill health and drug addiction, Lorre capped his career with a run of tongue-in-cheek horror films, including "The Raven" (1963) and "Comedy of Terrors" (1963) with horror kings Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Dead at 59, Lorre's legacy survived him, due to his roles in iconic Bogart films and the devotion of horror film fans who echoed the late actor's designation as The Lord High Minister of All That is Sinister.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 40% Muscle Beach Party Mr. Strangdour (Character) - 1964
82% 63% The Patsy Morgan Heywood (Character) - 1964
89% 70% The Comedy of Terrors Felix Gillie (Character) - 1964
87% 64% The Raven Dr. Adolphus Bedlo (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 35% Five Weeks in a Balloon Ahmed (Character) - 1962
71% 63% Tales of Terror Montresor (Character) - 1962
76% 40% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Comm. Lucius Emery (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Left Fist of David Unknown (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 20% Scent of Mystery Smiley (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 38% The Big Circus Skeeter (Character) - 1959
100% 68% Silk Stockings Brankov (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Buster Keaton Story Kurt Bergner (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sad Sack Abdul (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell-Ship Mutiny Commissioner Lamoret (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 12% The Story of Mankind Nero (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Congo Crossing Colonel John Miguel Orlando Arragas (Character) - 1956
69% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Steward (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Cicero Moyzisch (Character) - 1955
89% 74% 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Conseil (Character) - 1954
71% 54% Beat the Devil Julius O'Hara (crook No. 2) (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 59% The Lost One Dr. Karl Rothe (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Confession Paynter (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 56% Quicksand Nick Dramoshag (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rope of Sand Toady (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Casbah Slimane (Character) - 1948
75% 70% My Favorite Brunette Kismet (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 42% The Chase Gino (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 60% Black Angel Marko (Character) - 1946
89% 60% The Beast With Five Fingers Hilary Cummins (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 56% Three Strangers Johnny West (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 76% The Verdict Victor Emmric (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 71% Confidential Agent Contreras (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 67% Hotel Berlin Johannes Koenig (Character) - 1945
83% 78% The Mask of Dimitrios Cornelius Leyden (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 56% The Conspirators Jan Bernazsky (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 57% Passage to Marseille Marius (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 53% The Cross of Lorraine Sgt. Berger (Character) - 1944
81% 92% Arsenic and Old Lace Dr. Einstein (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 52% Background to Danger Nikolai Zaleshoff (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 72% The Constant Nymph Fritz Bercovy (Character) - 1943
99% 95% Casablanca Ugarte (Character) - 1942
67% 33% Invisible Agent Baron Ikito (Character) - 1942
100% 70% All Through the Night Pepi (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 60% The Boogie Man Will Get You Dr. Lorentz (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. District Attorney Paul Hyde (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 62% They Met in Bombay Captain Chang (Character) - 1941
100% 91% The Maltese Falcon Joel Cairo (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 65% The Face Behind the Mask Janos "Johnny" Szabo (Character) - 1941
75% 59% Strange Cargo M'sieu Pig (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Was an Adventuress Polo (Character) - 1940
86% 65% Stranger on the Third Floor The Stranger (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 0% Island of Doomed Men Stephen Danel (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 52% You'll Find Out Professor Karl Fenninger (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger Island Mr. Moto (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 43% Mr. Moto's Last Warning Mr. Kentaro Moto (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 45% Mr. Moto in Danger Island Mr. Moto (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 67% Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Mr. Moto (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 36% Mr. Moto Takes a Chance Mr. Moto (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Give a Million Louie 'The Dope' Monteau (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 33% Mr. Moto's Gamble Mr. Moto (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 42% Mysterious Mr. Moto Mr. Moto (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 65% Thank You, Mr. Moto Mr. Moto (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 59% Think Fast, Mr. Moto Mr. Moto (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lancer Spy Maj. Sigfried Gruning (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nancy Steele Is Missing Professor Sturm (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crack-Up Colonel Gimpy (Character) - 1937
86% 48% Secret Agent The General (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 100% Crime and Punishment Roderick Raskolnikov (Character) - 1935
100% 82% Mad Love Doctor Gogol (Character) - 1935
88% 67% The Man Who Knew Too Much Abbott (Character) - 1934
100% 95% M Hans Beckert (Character) $29.6K 1931

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip The Gypsy (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Himself (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Checkmate Alonzon Pace Graham (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1960 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1960 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1954-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
1957 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Star and the Story Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Unknown (Character) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1952

QUOTES FROM Peter Lorre CHARACTERS

Joel Cairo says: You will take say, $100.

Sam Spade says: No, I will take say $200.

Cornelius Latimer Leyden says: Goodbye Mr. Peters. Au revoir. Sorry you won't be able to go to the Indies now.

Mr. Peters says: You see, there's not enough kindness in the world.

Vera Novak cafe cashier says: Give me a nickel, Danny. I'll show you how to beat this game. [After less than a minute at a pinball machine, Dan is highly impressed.] One ball. Hey Nick, pay me! I hit the jackpot.

Nick Dramoshag Penny Arcade Owner says: Here. [Nick gives Vera a couple dollars as a prize - then puts up an 'Out of Order" sign.] That's all for you.

Dan Brady auto mechanic says: Hey, wait a minute. [Dan flips the sign back out of sight.] Go ahead honey, play it as much as you want.

Vera Novak cafe cashier says: Take it easy, Danny; I can handle Nick myself. I used to work here, didn't I Nick?

Nick Dramoshag Penny Arcade Owner says: [mumbling] yeah. you come back, huh?

Vera Novak cafe cashier says: [referencing a mink coat by running her fingers along the lapel of her own plain coat.] It's still in the window, Nick, just like yesterday.

Nick Dramoshag Penny Arcade Owner says: You crazy? - what do you think I am; a millionaire?

Dan Brady auto mechanic says: What's going on here?

Vera Novak cafe cashier says: Oh let's skip it. [taking Dan by the arm] Let's have our pictures taken. C'mon. See you later, Nick.

Ugarte says: Heh, you know, watching you just now with the Deutsche Bank, one would think you've been doing this all your life.

Rick Blaine says: Oh, what makes you think I haven't?

Ugarte says: Oh, n-n-n-nothing, but when you first came to Casablanca, I thought...

Rick Blaine says: You thought what?

Ilsa says: You thought what?

Ugarte says: What right do I have to think?

Ugarte says: You despise me don't you?

Rick Blaine says: Well if I gave you any thought I probably would.

Joel Cairo says: You always have such a smooth explanation.

Sam Spade says: What to you want me to do, learn to stutter?

Joel Cairo says: You. . . you bungled it. You and your stupid attempt to buy it. Kemedov found out how valuable it was, no wonder we had such an easy time stealing it. You . . . you imbecile! You bloated idiot! You stupid fat-head you!

Joel Cairo says: You... you bungled it. You and your stupid attempt to buy it. Kemedov found out how valuable it was, no wonder we had such an easy time stealing it. You... you imbecile! You bloated idiot! You stupid fat-head you!

Dr. Gogol says: Why are you afraid of me? I love you, I love you. You came to life for me.

Dr. Einstein says: You shouldn't have killed him. Just because he know something about us, what happens?

Jonathan Brewster says: We come to him for help, and he tries to shake us down. Besides, he said I looked like Boris Karloff!

Dr. Einstein says: No, no, Johnny. You cannot count him. You got twelve, they got twelve. The old ladies is just as good as you are!

Ugarte says: Heh, you know, watching you just now with the Deutsche Bank, one would think you've been doing this all your life.

Rick Blaine says: Oh, what makes you think I haven't?

Ugarte says: Oh, nothing, but when you first came to Casablanca, I thought...

Rick Blaine says: You thought what?

Ugarte says: Huh, what right do I have to think?

Ugarte says: You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust.