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, Peter Originally Laszlo Löwenstein. 1904–1964.

Hungarian-born American actor. In the German film M (1931) he portrayed a psychotic killer, establishing his trademark role as a sinister villain. His other films include The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Casablanca (1942).

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Hungarian character actor. He made his international reputation as the whistling child-murderer in Fritz Lang's thriller M (1931). Becoming one of Hollywood's best-loved villains, he played opposite Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Beat the Devil (1954), and in several films with English actor Sydney Greenstreet. Lorre twice worked with the English thriller director Alfred Hitchcock: on The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and Secret Agent (1936). He then played the Japanese detective Mr Moto in a series of eight B-movies. Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) also featured Lorre's bulging eyes, high voice, and melancholy mien. Lorre was born in Rozsahegy, Hungary. He worked in a bank before performing on stage in Austria, Switzerlan...    Continue Reading

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