Biography

Alan Walbridge Ladd was an American actor and film and television producer. Ladd found success in film the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly in Westerns and film noirs where he was often paired with Veronica Lake, as she was one of the few Hollywood actresses shorter than he. His popularity diminished in the late 1950s, though he continued to appear in popular films until his death from cerebral edema in January 1964.

Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but later relocated to North Hollywood, California when his mother re-married.   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.  Intent on acting, he found work in small theatres. He had short term stints at MGM and RKO, and eventually started getting steady work on radio.  Ladd began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, including Citizen Kane , before reaching recognition for his 1942 appearance in This Gun for Hire, invigorating Hollywood's desire for gangster-crime features.  His cool, unsmiling persona proved popular with wartime audiences, and he was quickly established as one of the top box office stars of the decade.  

Alan Walbridge Ladd was an American actor and film and television producer. Ladd found success in film the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly in Westerns and film noirs where he was often paired with Veronica Lake, as she was one of the few Hollywood actresses shorter than he. His popularity diminished in the late 1950s, though he continued to appear in popular films until his death from cerebral edema in January 1964.

Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but later relocated to North Hollywood, California when his mother re-married.   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.  Intent on acting, he found work in small theatres. He had short term stints at MGM and RKO, and eventually started getting steady work on radio.  Ladd began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, including Citizen Kane , before reaching recognition for his 1942 appearance in This Gun for Hire, invigorating Hollywood's desire for gangster-crime features.  His cool, unsmiling persona proved popular with wartime audiences, and he was quickly established as one of the top box office stars of the decade.  

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 89

Birthday 1913-09-03

Day of Death 1964-01-29

Place of Birth Hot Springs, Arkansas USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "This Gun For Hire") (archive footage)
1964 The Carpetbaggers as Nevada Smith
1962 13 West Street as Walt Sherill
1961 Duel of Champions as Horatius
1961 Les Horaces et les Curiaces as acteur
1960 One Foot in Hell as Mitch Barrett
1960 All the Young Men as Sgt. Kincaid
1960 Guns of the Timberland as Jim Hadley
1959 The Man in the Net as John Hamilton
1958 The Badlanders as Peter Van Hoek / The Dutchman
1958 The Proud Rebel as John Chandler
1958 The Deep Six as Alexander 'Alec' Austen
1957 Boy on a Dolphin as Dr. James 'Jim' Calder
1957 The Big Land as Chad Morgan
1956 Santiago as Caleb 'Cash' Adams
1955 Hell on Frisco Bay as Steve Rollins
1955 The McConnell Story as Capt. Joseph C. 'Mac' McConnell, Jr.
1954 Drum Beat as Johnny MacKay
1954 A Star Is Born World Premiere
1954 The Black Knight as John
1954 Saskatchewan as Thomas O'Rourke
1954 Hell Below Zero as Duncan Craig
1953 Botany Bay as Hugh Tallant
1953 The Red Beret as Steve 'Canada' McKendrick
1953 Desert Legion as Paul Lartal
1953 Shane as Shane
1953 General Electric Theater (3 episodes)
1952 Thunder in the East as Steve Gibbs
1952 The Iron Mistress as Jim Bowie
1951 Red Mountain as Capt. Brett Sherwood
1951 Appointment with Danger as Al Goddard
1950 Branded as Choya
1950 Captain Carey, U.S.A. as Captain Webster Carey
1949 Chicago Deadline as Ed Adams
1949 The Great Gatsby as Jay Gatsby
1948 Whispering Smith as Luke "Whispering" Smith
1948 Beyond Glory as Capt. Rockwell 'Rocky' Gilman
1948 Saigon as Maj. Larry Briggs
1947 Wild Harvest as Joe Madigan
1947 Variety Girl as Himself
1947 Calcutta as Neale Gordon
1947 My Favorite Brunette as Sam McCloud (uncredited)
1946 Two Years Before the Mast as Charles Stewart
1946 O.S.S. as John Martin
1946 The Blue Dahlia as Johnny Morrison - Lt.Cmdr., ret.
1945 Hollywood Victory Caravan as Himself
1945 Duffy's Tavern as Alan Ladd
1945 Salty O'Rourke as Salty O'Rourke
1944 And Now Tomorrow as Doctor Merek Vance
1944 Skirmish on the Home Front as Harry W. Average
1943 China as David Jones
1943 Photographic Intelligence for Bombardment Aviation as Capt. Smith
1942 Lucky Jordan as Lucky Jordan
1942 The Glass Key as Ed Beaumont
1942 This Gun for Hire as Philip Raven
1942 Sauce for the Gander as Man on the Spot Reporter
1942 Star Spangled Rhythm as Alan Ladd - Scarface Skit
1942 Joan of Paris as "Baby"
1941 Cadet Girl
1941 Great Guns as Soldier in Photo Shop (uncredited)
1941 The Reluctant Dragon as Al, Baby Weems storyboard artist
1941 Paper Bullets as Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan
1941 The Black Cat as Richard Hartley
1941 Citizen Kane as Reporter Smoking Pipe at End (uncredited)
1941 I Look at You as Himself
1940 Her First Romance as John Gilman
1940 Victory as Heyst as an 18-Year-Old (uncredited)
1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective as Elevator Passenger
1940 Meet the Missus as John Williams
1940 Meat and Romance as Bill Allen
1940 The Howards of Virginia as Backwoodsman (uncredited)
1940 Captain Caution as Newton
1940 American Portrait as Young man / Old man
1940 Those Were The Days! as Keg Rearick
1940 Cross-Country Romance as Mr. Williams (First Mate)
1940 Gangs of Chicago as (uncredited)
1940 The Light of Western Stars as Danny - Stillwell Ranch Hand
1940 In Old Missouri as John Pittman Jr.
1940 Brother Rat and a Baby as Cadet in Trouble
1940 The Green Hornet as Gilpin - Student Pilot
1939 Rulers of the Sea as Colin Farrell
1939 Hitler - Beast of Berlin as Karl Bach
1939 The Mysterious Miss X as Henchman
1936 Pigskin Parade as Student (uncredited)
1934 Murder at the Vanities as Chorus Boy (uncredited)
1933 Saturday's Millions as Student
1932 Once in a Lifetime as Projectionist (uncredited)
1932 Tom Brown of Culver as Cadet

Production

1957 The Big Land Producer
1956 Santiago Producer
1955 Hell on Frisco Bay Producer

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