Alan Ladd

Actor, Grip, Lifeguard
A stoic, masculine icon despite his diminutive frame, Alan Ladd became an overnight star by playing Raven, a sensitive hit man, in "This Gun for Hire" (1942). His soft-spoken strength set him apart from his less subtle ... Read more »
Born: 09/02/1913 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Carpetbaggers 1963 (Movie)

Nevada Smith (Actor)

13 West Street 1962 (Movie)

Walt Sherill (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Duel of Champions 1961 (Movie)

Horatio (Actor)

All the Young Men 1960 (Movie)

Kincaid (Actor)

Guns of the Timberland 1960 (Movie)

Jim Hadley (Actor)

One Foot in Hell 1960 (Movie)

Mitch Barrett (Actor)

Proud Rebel 1958 (Movie)

John Chandler (Actor)

The Badlanders 1958 (Movie)

Peter Van Hock (Actor)

The Man in the Net 1958 (Movie)

John Hamilton (Actor)

Boy on a Dolphin 1957 (Movie)

James Calder (Actor)

The Deep Six 1957 (Movie)

Alec Austen (Actor)

A Cry in the Night 1956 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Santiago 1956 (Movie)

Cash Adams (Actor)

The Big Land 1956 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 (Movie)

Steve Rollins (Actor)

The McConnell Story 1955 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

Drum Beat 1954 (Movie)

Johnny MacKay (Actor)

Hell Below Zero 1954 (Movie)

Duncan Craig (Actor)

Saskatchewan 1954 (Movie)

Sergeant O'Rourke (Actor)

The Black Knight 1954 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Botany Bay 1953 (Movie)

Hugh Tallant (Actor)

Desert Legion 1953 (Movie)

Paul Laurtel (Actor)

Shane 1953 (Movie)

Shane (Actor)

The Red Beret 1952 (Movie)

Canada (Actor)

Appointment With Danger 1951 (Movie)

Al Goddard (Actor)

Captain Carey, U.S.A. 1950 (Movie)

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Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

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O.S.S. 1946 (Movie)

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The Blue Dahlia 1946 (Movie)

Johnny Morrison (Actor)

Duffy's Tavern 1945 (Movie)

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China 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Joan of Paris 1941 (Movie)

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Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

This Gun For Hire 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Black Cat 1940 (Movie)

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Brother Rat and a Baby 1939 (Movie)

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The Howards of Virginia 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Goldwyn Follies 1937 (Movie)

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Souls at Sea 1936 (Movie)

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The Last Train From Madrid 1936 (Movie)

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Pigskin Parade 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

And Now Tomorrow (Movie)

Dr. Merek Vance (Actor)

Beyond Glory (Movie)

Rockwell (Rocky) Gilman (Actor)

Calcutta (Movie)

Neale Gordon (Actor)

Captain Caution (Movie)

Newton (Actor)

Chicago Deadline (Movie)

Ed Adams (Actor)

Cross Country Romance (Movie)

First Mate Williams (Actor)

Great Guns (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

Her First Romance (Movie)

Cousin's Fiance (Actor)

Meet the Missus (Movie)

Boyfriend of Higgins Daughter (Actor)

Red Mountain (Movie)

Capt. Brett Sherwood (Actor)

Rulers of the Sea (Movie)

Young Seaman (Actor)

Saigon (Movie)

Maj. Larry Briggs (Actor)

The Glass Key (Movie)

Ed Beaumont (Actor)

The Iron Mistress (Movie)

Jim Bowie (Actor)

The Light of Western Stars (Movie)

Saloon Cowhand (Actor)

The Reluctant Dragon (Movie)

Animator (Actor)

They Met in Bombay (Movie)

British Soldier (Actor)

Tom Brown of Culver (Movie)

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Two Years Before the Mast (Movie)

Charles Stewart (Actor)

Whispering Smith (Movie)

Luke "Whispering" Smith (Actor)
Producer (1)

Island of Lost Women 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A stoic, masculine icon despite his diminutive frame, Alan Ladd became an overnight star by playing Raven, a sensitive hit man, in "This Gun for Hire" (1942). His soft-spoken strength set him apart from his less subtle peers, instantly endearing him to audiences who admired his new brand of onscreen masculinity. During the 1940s, Ladd one of the era's top box office draws for many years. Frequently cast opposite Veronica Lake, he scored with the noir smashes "The Glass Key" (1942) and "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), in the adventure "Two Years before the Mast" (1946), and in the adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" (1949). His most iconic role came as the mysterious former gunslinger "Shane" (1953), considered to be one of the all-time greatest Westerns of all time. Ladd continued his streak of playing tough guys with films like "Hell below Zero" (1954) and "All the Young Men" (1960) opposite Sidney Poitier, and ended his career with a supporting turn in "The Carpetbaggers" (1964). After a lifetime of struggling with personal demons and a tumultuous childhood, the actor attempted suicide in 1962; on Jan. 29, 1964, he was found dead of an accidental drug overdose. His children, most notably film executive Alan Ladd, Jr., continued the family business. Although he rarely received the critical acclaim of many of his noir-era peers, Alan Ladd became one of the most popular movie stars of all time - a magnetic, unique performer who left a lasting mark on Hollywood in more ways than one.

Relationships

James Beavers

Step-Father

Alana Sue Ladd Jackson

Daughter
born April 21, 1943 mother, Sue Carol

Carol Lee Ladd Veitch

Daughter

Sue Carol Actor

Wife
Married 1942 until his death 1964

Sue Carol

Wife
born on October 30, 1903 was Ladd's agent before she became his second wife married from March 15, 1942 to his death

Marjorie Harrold

Wife
married in October 1936 mother of Alan Ladd Jr. divorced

Alan Ladd

Father
died c. 1918

Jordan Ladd Actor

Grandchild
Daughter of David Ladd and Cheryl Ladd

Ina Ladd

Mother
emigrated from England to the USA committed suicide c. 1938

Alan Ladd

Son
born on October 22, 1937 mother, Marjorie Jane Ladd married to Patricia Beazley

David Ladd

Son
born 1947 mother Sue Carol divorced from Cheryl Jean Stopplemoor Ladd of "Charlie's Angels" fame

EDUCATION

Bard Dramatic School

enrolled after working as a studio grip at Warner Bros.

North Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California
was swimming and track star

Milestones

1964

Last film, "The Carpetbaggers"

1954

Formed production concern, Alan Ladd Enterprises; first feature credit starring Ladd, "Drum Beat", co-produced with Jaguar Productions and Warner Brothers

1953

Played most memorable film role in "Shane"

1953

Made annual exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars two years in a row, placing fourth and sixth

1953

Association with Paramount ended (date approximate)

1948

Last of four co-starring vehicles opposite Veronica Lake, "Saigon"

1943

Received medical discharge from the Air Corps

1941

Achieved star status in "This Gun for Hire"; first teaming with Veronica Lake

1941

Worked exclusively for Paramount under long term contract

1939

Signed by film actress turned agent Sue Carol

1932

Made film debut in a bit part, "Once in a Lifetime"

Joined a small group of actors that Universal planned to turn into movie stars; group disbanded after two weeks

Worked as a grip at Warner Bros. For two years

After working as lifeguard, gas station attendant and hotdog vendor, became bit player in films, radio and local theatrical productions

Briefly worked for the "San Fernanado Valley Sun-Record"

Moved with family to North Hollywood at age seven

Bonus Trivia

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"Once Ladd had acquired an unsmiling hardness, he was transformed from an extra to a phenomenon. Ladd's calm slender ferocity make it clear that he was the first American actor to show the killer as a cold angel." --David Thomson ("A Biographical Dictionary of Film," 1975)

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"That the old fashioned motion picture gangster with his ugly face, gaudy cars and flashy clothes was replaced by a smoother, better looking and better dressed bad man was largely the work of Mr. Ladd." --From The New York Times obituary (January 30, 1964)

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