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Peter Lorre Biography, Career, Personal Life and Death.

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Peter Lorre Biography

Lorre was born László Löwenstein on June 26, 1904, in the Hungarian town of Rózsahegy in Liptó County (German: Rosenberg; Slovak: Ruomberok, now in Slovakia), the first child of Alajos Löwenstein and his wife Elvira Freischberger. His parents, who were German-speaking Jews, had only recently moved there[a] as a result of his father’s position as chief bookkeeper at a local textile mill. Alajos was also a lieutenant in the Austrian Army Reserve, which meant he was frequently away on military exercises. When László was four years old, his mother died, leaving Alajos with three very young sons, the youngest of whom was only a few months old. He soon married Melanie Klein, his wife’s best friend, with whom he had two more children. Lorre and his stepmother, on the other hand, never got along, and this colored his childhood memories. Alajos relocated his family to Vienna at the outbreak of the Second Balkan War in 1913, anticipating that it would lead to a larger conflict and that he would be called up. During the winter of 1914-15, he served on the Eastern Front before being assigned to command a prison camp due to heart problems.

Peter Lorre Career

Peter Lorre was a Hungarian and American actor who worked in both Europe and the United States. He began his stage career in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, before moving to Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s, where he worked first on the stage, then in film in Berlin. Lorre made an international sensation in Fritz Lang’s Weimar Republic-era film M (1931), in which he played a serial killer who preys on young girls. Lorre debuted on stage at the age of 17 in Vienna, where he worked with Viennese Art Nouveau artist and puppeteer Richard Teschner. He later relocated to Breslau and then to Zürich. In the late 1920s, the actor relocated to Berlin, where he collaborated with Bertolt Brecht, playing Dr. Nakamura in the musical Happy End and in Brecht’s Man Equals Man.

Peter Lorre Personal Life

Lorre married three times: Celia Lovsky (1934 – March 13, 1945, divorced); Kaaren Verne (May 25, 1945 – 1950, divorced); and Anne Marie Brenning (May 25, 1945 – 1950, divorced) (July 21, 1953 – March 23, 1964, his death). Brenning gave birth to Lorre’s only child, Catharine, in 1953. Anne Marie Brenning passed away in 1971. His daughter later made headlines after serial killer Kenneth Bianchi confessed to police investigators that he and his cousin and fellow “Hillside Strangler” Angelo Buono, posing as undercover cops, had stopped her in 1977 with the intent of abducting and murdering her, but let her go after learning she was Peter Lorre’s daughter. Catharine only realized who she had met after Bianchi was arrested. Catharine died of diabetes complications on May 7, 1985.

Peter Lorre Death

Lorre had chronic gallbladder problems for which doctors prescribed morphine. Lorre became entrapped between the constant pain and his addiction to morphine to alleviate it. Lorre struggled with and overcame his addiction during the period of the Mr. Moto films. Lorre suffered personal and professional disappointments in his later life after gaining 100 lb (45 kg) and not fully recovering from his morphine addiction.
He died of a stroke on March 23, 1964, in Los Angeles. His body was cremated, and his ashes were interred in Hollywood’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery. At his funeral, Vincent Price delivered the eulogy.

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