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      Laird Cregar

      Laird Cregar

      Highest Rated: 100% Blood and Sand (1941)

      Lowest Rated: 83% The Black Swan (1942)

      Birthday: Jul 28, 1913

      Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

      Character actor Laird Cregar lived large in every way, from his big, barrel-shaped body to his outsized voice and the panoply of villainous heavies he played in Hollywood cinema. Philadelphia-born Cregar spent summers working for a theater troupe in England before a scholarship to study at the Pasadena Community Playhouse brought him to California in the 1930s. His work in a one-man show about Oscar Wilde caught the attention of the movie industry, and Cregar was signed by Twentieth Century Fox. In 1941 he appeared in his breakout performance as the middle-aged Sir Francis Chesney seeking the hand of a cross-dressing Jack Benny in "Charlie's Aunt." The part displayed Cregar's penchant for playing farce and older characters (he was then just 24). But characters like the brutal, mentally unstable detective in "I Wake Up Screaming" that same year became the staple of Cregar's career, culminating in his most famous performance as Jack the Ripper in 1944's "The Lodger." He was determined not to be typecast, and for his next character, the crazed concert pianist in "Hangover Street," he whittled a hundred pounds off his frame, at the cost of his health. Following filming, Cregar was hospitalized, and then suffered a fatal heart attack. He was only 28. Vincent Price delivered the eulogy at the funeral and just two months later, "Hangover Square" premiered. It would be the only film in which Cregar received top billing.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Blood and Sand
      94% This Gun for Hire
      89% Heaven Can Wait
      86% I Wake Up Screaming
      83% The Black Swan

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      THE BLACK SWAN, Laird Cregar, 1942. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. THIS GUN FOR HIRE, Laird Cregar, 1942 CHARLEY'S AUNT, Laird Cregar, 1941, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved THIS GUN FOR HIRE, Laird Cregar, 1942 HANGOVER SQUARE, Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, 1945. TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved THE LODGER, Laird Cregar, 1944, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. HANGOVER SQUARE, Laird Cregar, 1945, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. HUDSON'S BAY, Laird Cregar, 1940, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved THIS GUN FOR HIRE, Laird Cregar, Veronica Lake, dancing on-set, 1942 THE BLACK SWAN, Laird Cregar, 1942, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . BLOOD AND SAND, Laird Cregar, 1941, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . HANGOVER SQUARE, Laird Cregar (right), 1945. TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox. All rights reserved. THE LODGER, Laird Cregar, 1944, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved JOAN OF PARIS, Laird Cregar, 1942 RINGS ON HER FINGERS, Laird Cregar, 1942, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved HOLY MATRIMONY, Monty Woolley, Gracie Fields, Laird Cregar, 1943, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved I WAKE UP SCREAMING, Betty Grable, Laird Cregar, Carole Landis, 1941, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. HOLY MATRIMONY, Monty Woolley, Laird Cregar, Gracie Fields, 1943, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved I WAKE UP SCREAMING, Victor Mature, Laird Cregar, 1941. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. I WAKE UP SCREAMING, Victor Mature, Laird Cregar, 1941, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 72% Hangover Square George Harvey Bone (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 71% The Lodger Mr. Slade (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 73% Holy Matrimony Clive Oxford (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 60% Hello, Frisco, Hello Sam Weaver (Character) - 1943
      89% 75% Heaven Can Wait His Excellency (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 60% Rings on Her Fingers Warren (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 60% Joan of Paris Herr Funk (Character) - 1942
      83% 73% The Black Swan Capt. Sir Henry Morgan (Character) - 1942
      94% 82% This Gun for Hire Willard Gates (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen From West Point Maj. Sam Carter (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 47% Charley's Aunt Sir Francis Chesney (Character) - 1941
      100% 69% Blood and Sand Natalio Curro (Character) - 1941
      86% 68% I Wake Up Screaming Ed Cornell (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Gooseberry (Character) - 1940