Alan Ladd Biography

Alan Ladd was one of the most celebrated American actors in the 1940s who featured in innumerable successful films. Read on to know more about Alan Ladd’s profile, childhood, life and timeline in this biography.

Alan Ladd

Quick Facts

Gender: Male
Birthday: 03 September 1913
Died: 29 January 1964
Nationality: American
Famous: Actors
Sun Sign: Virgo
Spouse/Ex-: Sue Carol
Children: Alan Ladd, Jr., David Ladd
Education: North Hollywood High School

Alan Ladd started his career with small roles, and came into the limelight with his performance in ‘Joan of Paris’ which was released in 1942. In the 1942 and early 1950s he played a significant role in the popularization of the ‘gangster genre’ and earned great fame. He featured in several of Paramount Pictures’ films which was the highlight of his career. Alan Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Raleigh Ladd and Alan Ladd, Sr. at the age of 21 in 1934 he started his own hamburger and malt shop and also worked as a studio carpenter. To pursue an acting career, he started working in radio. Alan Ladd tasted success for the first time in 1942 and received great applaud for his work in the film, ‘Joan of Paris’. His acting talent was soon recognized and he was casted in several of Motion Pictures’ films. He was featured in the screen adaptation of Richard Henry Dana's maritime classic, ‘Two Years Before the Mast’ for which he earned great critical appreciation. He also appeared in successful movies like ‘The Blue Dahlia’, and the World War II espionage thriller ‘O.S.S’. After earning great success at the big screen, Ladd started his own production companies for films and radios. Ladd featured in ‘Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll’ thrice, in 1947, 1953, and 1954. In 1954 he was voted as the most popular star among British film-goers. In 1950, he was also voted as the easiest male star to deal with in Hollywood by ‘The Hollywood Women's Press Club’. In 1953 Ladd played the protagonist in the movie Western Shane, which received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. It features at the 45th spot on the American Film Institute's 2007 ranking of "100 Years ... 100 Movies." In 1948 Ladd acted the western film, Whispering Smith with Robert Preston, which later in 1961 was adapted as a a short-lived NBC television series, starring Audie Murphy. He also worked in a supporting role in the film titled The Carpetbaggers, in 1964 which was one of his most successful films but unfortunately, he passed away before its release. Ladd married his high-school friend, Midge Harrold. The couple had a son named Alan Ladd, Jr., who was born in 1937. After getting divorced to his first wife, Ladd married his agent and manager and former movie actress Sue Carol in 1942. Ladd had been suffering from chronic insomnia for a long time and was excessively addicted to alcohol. Ladd passed away in January 1964. The cause of his death was found to be the fatal combination of alcohol and sedatives. It was concluded that though he hadn’t consumed fatal amount of either alcohol or sedative, but the combination which can produce a synergistic reaction in which "one plus one equals ten or even fifty” was the reason behind his death. He was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Major Works

Pigskin Parade
Souls at Sea
The Goldwyn Follies
Hitler, Beast of Berlin
The Green Hornet
Rulers of the Sea
A Cry in the Night
The Reluctant Dragon
They Met in Bombay
Great Guns

Legacy

Ladd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1601 Vine Street and his handprint features in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Hollywood. A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to this brilliant actor and humorist in 1995.

Famous Associations

Lomax’s daughter actress Alana is married to one of the renowned talk radio broadcaster Michael Jackson. Alan appeared in a few of her father’s movie including the Guns of the Timberland and Duel of Champions. His son David Ladd, who is also an actor worked as a child actor alongside his father in The Proud Rebel. He is got married to Cheryl Ladd. Lomax’s granddaughter Jordan Ladd is also an Actress.

Timeline

1913: Alan Ladd was born on September 3 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA.
1936: Got married to his high-school friend, Midge Harrold.
1942: Ladd married his agent and manager and former movie actress Sue Carol in
1942: He received great applaud for his work in the film, ‘Joan of Paris’.
1950: He was also voted as the easiest male star to deal with in Hollywood by ‘The Hollywood Women's Press Club’.
1953: Ladd played the protagonist in the movie Western Shane, which received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
1954: Was voted as the most popular star among British film-goers.
1964: He passed away in January.

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