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      Alan Ladd

      Alan Ladd

      Highest Rated: 100% The Blue Dahlia (1946)

      Lowest Rated: 33% The Great Gatsby (1949)

      Birthday: Sep 3, 1913

      Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Blue Dahlia
      97% Shane
      94% This Gun for Hire
      83% Whispering Smith
      80% Branded
      78% The Glass Key
      33% The Carpetbaggers
      33% The Great Gatsby

      Photos

      SASKATCHEWAN, Alan Ladd, 1954 BOTANY BAY, Alan Ladd, James Mason, 1953 APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER, Alan Ladd, 1951 APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER, from left, Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, 1951 BOTANY BAY, James Mason, Alan Ladd, Patricia Medina, 1953 BOY ON A DOLPHIN, Sophia Loren, Alan Ladd, 1957. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. BOY ON A DOLPHIN, Alan Ladd, 1957. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE BLUE DAHLIA, Alan Ladd, Doris Dowling, 1946 THE BIG LAND, Alan Ladd, 1957 THE BIG LAND, Alan Ladd, 1957 THE BIG LAND, from left: Virginia Mayo, Alan Ladd, 1957 CHINA, Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, 1943 CHINA, Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, 1943 CHINA, Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Loretta Young, 1943 CHINA, Alan Ladd, 1943 BEYOND GLORY, Alan Ladd, 1948 DRUM BEAT, Alan Ladd, Audrey Dalton, 1954 BEYOND GLORY, director John Farrow, Alan Ladd on set, 1948 DRUM BEAT, Alan Ladd, Marisa Pavan, 1954 THE BADLANDERS, from left: Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, 1958

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      33% 62% The Carpetbaggers Nevada Smith (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 29% 13 West Street Walt Sherill (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Duel of Champions Horatio (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guns of the Timberland Jim Hadley (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 29% One Foot in Hell Mitch Garrett (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 48% All the Young Men Sgt. Kincaid (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 35% The Man in the Net John Hamilton (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 11% Island of Lost Women Executive Producer - 1959
      No Score Yet 35% The Badlanders Peter Van Hoek (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 65% The Proud Rebel John Chandler (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 20% The Deep Six Alexander "Alec" Austen (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 30% The Big Land Chad Morgan (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 46% Boy on a Dolphin Dr. James 'Jim' Calder (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Santiago Caleb "Cash" Adams (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 42% The McConnell Story Capt. Joseph C.`'Mac'` McConnell, Jr. (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 40% Hell on Frisco Bay Steve Rollins (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 75% Saskatchewan Thomas O'Rourke (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 40% Hell Below Zero Duncan Craig (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 7% Drum Beat Johnny MacKay (Character),
      Producer
      - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Knight John (Character) - 1954
      97% 81% Shane Shane (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder in the East Steve Gibbs (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 17% The Paratrooper Steve "Canada" McKendrick (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Botany Bay Hugh Tallant (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desert Legion Paul Lartal (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 14% The Iron Mistress Jim Bowie (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 29% Appointment With Danger Al Goddard (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 33% Red Mountain Capt. Brett Sherwood (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 14% Captain Carey, U.S.A. Captain Webster Carey (Character) - 1950
      80% 62% Branded Choya (Character) - 1950
      33% 41% The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Deadline Ed Adams (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Glory Capt. Rockwell "Rocky" Gilman (Character) - 1948
      83% 61% Whispering Smith Luke "Whispering" Smith (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saigon Maj. Larry Briggs (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 22% Variety Girl Unknown (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 30% Calcutta Neale Gordon (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Harvest Joe Madigan (Character) - 1947
      100% 71% The Blue Dahlia Johnny Morrison (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast Charles Stewart (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 33% O.S.S. Philip Masson/John Martin (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Victory Caravan Self - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salty O'Rourke Salty O'Rourke (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow Doctor Merek Vance (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 50% China David Jones (Character) - 1943
      78% 71% The Glass Key Ed Beaumont (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 60% Joan of Paris "Baby" (Character) - 1942
      94% 82% This Gun for Hire Philip Raven (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Jordan Lucky Jordan (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 47% Great Guns Soldier in Photo Shop (uncredited) (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gangs, Inc. Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 35% The Black Cat Richard Hartley (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Politics Unknown (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Her First Romance John Gilman (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 52% The Howards of Virginia Backwoodsman (uncredited) (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Old Missouri John Pittman Jr. (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beasts of Berlin Karl Bach (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rulers of the Sea Colin Farrell (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goose Step Karl Bach (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell's Devils Karl Bach (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Once in a Lifetime Projectionist (Character) - 1932

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet G.E. Theater Dan Holiday (Character) 1954