• Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre's Death

Born (Birthday) June 26, 1904

Death Date March 23, 1964

Age of Death 59 years

Cause of Death Stroke

Place of Death Los Angeles, California, United States

Profession Movie Actor

The movie actor Peter Lorre died at the age of 59. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Character actor who played roles in Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. He played a serial killer in M, and portrayed Le Chiffre in the 1954 television adaptation of Casino Royale.

His third marriage to Anne Marie Brenning in 1953 resulted in the birth of his only daughter.

How did Peter Lorre die?

He died in Los Angeles on 23 March 1964 from a stroke.

Final years

Lorre had suffered for years from chronic gallbladder troubles, for which doctors had prescribed morphine. The struggling actor became trapped between the constant pain and addiction to morphine to alleviate his pain.

Having quickly gained 100 lb (45 kg) and not fully recovering from his addiction to morphine, Lorre suffered personal and career disappointments in his later life.

Where is Peter Lorre buried?

His body was cremated and his ashes were interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. 

Fellow actor Vincent Price read the eulogy at his funeral.

Quotes

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“You see those guys wearing baggy pants, descendants of the parachute pants, wearing an odd, weird Frankenstein haircut. It all comes out of Peter Lorre.” (Allen Ginsberg)

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“I never thought I would sing or dance – ever, ever, ever. My idea was to be Laurence Olivier or Peter Lorre or some great classical actor. I thought I’d be a character actor.” (Joel Grey)

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“I like actors – such as Margaret Rutherford and Peter Lorre – who aren’t afraid to over-act like real people. When I take a job, I can always come up with ten different ways of doing the part. But I’ll always choose the flashiest one. You’ve got to dress the window a bit.” (Denholm Elliott)

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