Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd


9/3/1913, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA



Birth Name

Alan Walbridge Ladd


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Ladd at an early age moved to California with his family. As a young man he held a number of menial jobs, and spent two years toiling as a grip on the Warner Bros. lot. He began acting in the early 1930s, taking small roles in local theatrical…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Alan appeared with his son Alan Ladd Jr. in magazine ads for Nokona baseball gloves in the 1950s.

    • Alan turned down the role of Walter Neff in Double Indemnity (1944).

    • Alan appeared in magazine ads for Chesterfield Cigarettes in 1948.

    • Alan's only female co-star that wasn't taller than him was Veronica Lake, who stood at 4 feet 11 1/2 inches tall.

    • Alan wanted to try for the 1932 Olympics, but an injury prevented him from participating in the Olympic trials.

    • Alan burned down his apartment when he was 5 years old, playing with matches.

    • Alan turned down Spencer Tracy's role in Bad Day At Black Rock (1955).

    • Alan worked as a gas station attendant, hot dog vendor and a lifeguard, before going into radio and Hollywood.

    • Alan appeared in a 1948 magazine advertisement for Stetson Hats.

    • Alan turned down James Dean's role in Giant (1956).

    • Alan was married twice, to Marjorie Jane Harrold from 1936 to 1941, and to Sue Carol, from 1942 until his death.

    • Alan had his own radio production company, Mayfair Productions, which he co-founded with Bernie Joslin, who owned the Mayfair restaurant chain previously.

    • Alan's name was initially chosen for the original Green Lantern of All-American Comics in 1940, as a play on the name of Aladdin, (Green Lantern's power battery in the shape of a train lantern granting the power to accomplish anything the bearer of it wished, channeled through a ring being the inspiration for this) but was changed to Alan Scott when Ladd became popular at the same time to avoid confusion.

    • Alan wanted the role of T.E. Lawrence on Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) so much he personally made his case with director David Lean, but Lean was unconvinced and cast Peter O'Toole.

    • Alan made 7 films with Veronica Lake, including:

      This Gun For Hire (1942)
      Star-Spangled Rhythm (1942)
      The Glass Key (1942)
      Duffy's Tavern (1945)
      The Blue Dahlia (1946)
      Variety Girl (1947)
      Saigon (1948)

    • Alan won the Golden Globe Henrietta award for World Film Favorite Male in 1954 and was nominated again for it in 1955.

    • Alan won the Golden Apple award for Most Cooperative Actor twice, in 1944 and 1950.

    • Alan has a Motion Picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at at 1601 Vine Street.

    • Alan was 5 feet 5 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Alan Ladd: I have the face of an ageing choirboy and the build of an undernourished featherweight. If you can figure out my success on the screen you're a better man than I.