Photo of Peter Lorre Peter Lorre

Born June 26, 1904, in Rosenberg, Hungary, Peter Lorre employed his trademark goggle eyes, toothy grin and nasal voice to comic effect on the German stage before using those same physical attributes to far more chilling effect in his portrayal of a child killer in Fritz Lang's 1931 film M.

After fleeing Germany in 1933, Lorre landed in London, where Alfred Hitchcock cast him in The Man Who Knew Too Much. Soon, Lorre had established himself as Hollywood's favorite psychopath in films such as Mad Love and Crime and Punishment (both 1935).

Lorre finally got to play a good guy when he was cast as Japanese detective Mr. Moto in eight films made in the late '30s. During the '50s, Lorre appeared frequently on TV anthology series as well as in films. And in the '60s, he co-starred with Vincent Price and others in Roger Corman's twisted Edgar Allan Poe adaptations. Lorre died in 1964.

Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

1941 NR

Humphrey Bogart stars as private eye Sam Spade in this Oscar-nominated noir classic that finds the sultry Miss Wonderly (Mary Astor) seeking out protection from a man named Thursby. Spade's partner (Jerome Cowan) takes the case -- but he winds up dead, along with Thursby. Spade's subsequent hunt for the killer leads him into a world of deception and double-crossing, as a trio of criminals searches for a priceless statue known as the Maltese Falcon.

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