Laird Cregar (1914–1944)


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Seemingly suave, cultivated actor by nature, definitely huge in both talent and girth, and capable of playing much older than he was, Hollywood of the early '40s tragically lost Laird Cregar before it could fully comprehend on how to best utilize his obvious gifts. He was born Samuel Laird Cregar in a well-to-do section of Philadelphia, eventually... See full bio »

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Known For

I Wake Up Screaming Ed Cornell
(1941)
The Black Swan Captain Henry Morgan
(1942)
The Lodger Mr. Slade
(1944)
Blood and Sand Natalio Curro
(1941)

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 1945 Hangover Square
George Harvey Bone
 1944 The Lodger
Mr. Slade
 1943 Holy Matrimony
Clive Oxford
 1943 Heaven Can Wait
His Excellency
 1943 Hello Frisco, Hello
Sam Weaver
 1942 The Black Swan
Captain Henry Morgan
 1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Maj. Sam Carter
 1942 This Gun for Hire
Willard Gates
 1942 Rings on Her Fingers
Warren Worthington
 1942 Joan of Paris
Herr Funk
 1941 I Wake Up Screaming
Ed Cornell
 1941 Charley's Aunt
Sir Francis Chesney
 1941 Blood and Sand
Natalio Curro
 1941 Hudson's Bay
Gooseberry
 1940 Granny Get Your Gun
Court Clerk (uncredited)
 1940 Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love!
Sam (uncredited)
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 1999 Biography (TV Series documentary)
His Excellency
- Don Ameche: Hollywood's Class Act (1999) ... His Excellency (uncredited)

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Other Works:

Radio: Appeared (as "Willard Gates") in a "Lux Radio Theatre" broadcast of "This Gun for Hire". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 4 Articles | See more »

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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(In an interview after the release of "The Lodger) Lots of people get a great kick out of evil efficiently wrought, and they write in and pat me on the back. Then, too, there are the righteous people who think I'm actually the kind of person I portray on the screen, and who enumerate the various ways in which they would like to eliminate me. The only ones I really like are the letters from the ... See more »

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His funeral eulogy was delivered by Vincent Price. See more »

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Some of the most memorable screen villains of the Golden Age of Hollywood See more »

Nickname:

Sam

Star Sign:

Leo

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