Alan Ladd - biography

Actor from United States of America

Alan Ladd Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964) was an American film actor who was one of the most popular and well known celebrities of his time. Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was the only child of Ina Raleigh Ladd and Alan Ladd, Sr. He was of English ancestry. His father died when he was four, and his mother relocated to Oklahoma City where she married Jim Beavers, a housepainter. The family then moved again to North Hollywood, California where Ladd became a high-school swimming and diving champion and participated in high school dramatics at North Hollywood High School, graduating on February 1, 1934. He opened his own hamburger and malt shop, which he called Tiny's Patio. He worked briefly as a studio carpenter (as did his stepfather) and for a short time was part of the Universal Pictures studio school for actors. But Universal decided he was too blond and too short and dropped him. Intent on acting, he found work in radio. Ladd began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, including Citizen Kane in which he played one of the "faceless" reporters who are always shown in silhouette. He first gained some recognition with a featured role in the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Laddie,Alan Walbridge Ladd,Allan Ladd,alan_ladd
Date of birth
1913-09-03
Place of birth
Hot Springs
Nationality
United States of America
Parents
Sue Carol
Children
Alan Ladd, Jr. David Ladd
Profession
Actor, Film Producer

Performances

Year Performance Character
1960 Guns of the Timberland Jim Hadley
1958 The Deep Six Alexander 'Alec' Austen
1957 Boy on a Dolphin Dr. James 'Jim' Calder
1955 The McConnell Story
1954 The Black Knight John
1954 Saskatchewan Thomas O'Rourke
1953 Botany Bay Hugh Tallant
1952 The Iron Mistress Jim Bowie
1949 The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby
1948 Saigon Maj. Larry Briggs
1944 And Now Tomorrow Doctor Merek Vance
1942 This Gun for Hire Philip Raven
1942 Lucky Jordan Lucky Jordan
1941 World War II: Homefront: Vol. 1
1941 Classic Ski Films: The Basic Principles of Skiing
1936 The Cowboy Creed
1935 The Glass Key Ed Beaumont

Death

Date of death
1964-01-29
Cause of death
Suicide
Place of death
Palm Springs
Place of burial
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

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