Peter Lorre (26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was an Austrian-American actor frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner.
He caused an international sensation in 1931 with his portrayal of a serial killer who preys on little girls in the German film M. Later he became a popular featured player in Hollywood crime films and mysteries, notably alongside Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet, and as the star of the successful Mr. Moto detective series.
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Birth Place: Rózsahegy (now Ružomberok), Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia) on 1904-06-26
Known For: Acting
TOP FIVE ROLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of a massive Berlin police manhunt. Beckert’s heinous crimes are so repellant and disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy underworld network. With both cops and criminals in pursuit, the murderer soon realizes that people are on his trail, sending him into a tense, panicked attempt to escape justice.
Release Date: 1931-05-11
Role: Hans Beckert
An insane surgeon’s obsession with an actress leads him to replace her wounded pianist husband’s hands with the hands of a knife murderer–hands which still have the urge to throw knives.
Release Date: 1935-07-12
Role: Doctor Gogol
The Face Behind the Mask
In this low-budget thriller, Peter Lorre plays Janos Szabo, an immigrant from Hungary who is a skilled craftsman. After he’s caught in a fire, his face is horribly scarred; his terrifying appearance makes it impossible for him to get a job. With nowhere else to turn, Janos begins working for the criminal underworld. Janos begins having second thoughts about his life of crime when he falls in love
Release Date: 1941-01-16
Role: Janos ‘Johnny’ Szabo
Stranger on the Third Floor
Newspaper reporter John McGuire plunges into a nightmare of guilt, fearing that his “evidence” has sentenced the wrong man to death.
Release Date: 1940-08-16
Role: The Stranger
Mysterious Mr. Moto
The Japanese detective (Peter Lorre) rounds up a league of assassins for Scotland Yard.
Release Date: 1938-09-17
Role: Mr. Moto