Peter Lorre

June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964

Born in Vienna, Peter Lorre (László Löwenstein) was already on his way to stardom in Europe appearing on the German stage as well as in films including – most notably – Fritz Lang’s 1931 chiller, M. Then in 1933, the Nazis took control of Germany and Lorre fled to England where he was able to continue his career. He appeared in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much before sailing to the United States. In Hollywood, Lorre found success in bit roles and B-movies usually playing sinister foreign characters. In 1941, he went to work for Warner Bros. in the John Huston classic The Maltese Falcon. The film changed the trajectory of Lorre’s career and he went on to appear in numerous films with co-stars Humphrey Bogart, Claude Raines and Syd Greenstreet including the all-time opus, Casablanca. His post-World War II career waned, but he kept busy. He appeared in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a few Roger Corman movies and other radio, TV and film performances. After battling gallbladder issues most of his life (which also led to an addiction to morphine) Lorre died of a stroke at the age of 59.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Cathedral Mausoleum, Corridor C, Alcove of Reverence, niche 5, tier 1; Enter the mausoleum and take the 2nd right. Along the left side toward the end of this hallway is a section of wall niches, Peter is in the bottom row, just 5 spaces before the final corridor on your left.

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