Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy by Gregory William MankIn 1944, Laird Cregar played Jack the Ripper in The Lodger, giving one of the most haunting performances in Hollywood history. It was the climax of a strange celebrity that saw the young American actor--who stood 6 3 and weighed more than 300 pounds--earn distinction as a portrayer of psychopaths and villains. Determined to break free of this typecasting, he desperately desired to become a beautiful man, embarking on an extreme diet that killed him at 31. This first biography of Cregar tells the heartbreaking story of the brilliant but doomed actor. Appendices cover his film, theatre, and radio work. Many never before published photographs are included.
TMBDOS! Episode 58: "The Lodger" (1944) & "Hangover Square" (1945).
HOLLYWOOD CONFIDENTIAL | The tragic end of the Beautiful Man, Laird Cregar
Kill Bill: Vol. Sign in. Can Julia Louis-Dreyfus make history once again? Watch now. This is a very informative short film that gives a detailed look at the brief film career of one of Hollywood's rising stars who met with an untimely death at the age of 28 when he attempted to lose a great amount of weight from his bulky frame. The troubled actor, who won Hollywood's attention when he portrayed Oscar Wilde on stage before a Hollywood crowd including John Barrymore who wrote him a fan letter , was conflicted over his sexual orientation and wished to play romantic leading men rather than remain playing only "heavies" at Fox, the studio that seemed to want to typecast him in future roles.
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Cregar's screen career began in working as an extra in films. By , he had signed a film contract with 20th Century Fox. Cregar quickly rose to stardom, appearing in a variety of genres from screwball comedy to horror. He was a popular actor until his death in at the age of Cregar was born in Philadelphia , the youngest of six sons of Edward Matthews Cregar, a cricketer and member of a team called the Gentlemen of Philadelphia.
Lots of people get a great kick out of evil efficiently wrought, and they write in and pat me on the back. There are the colleagues as well. I love the camaraderie of the theatre. I try my very best in all of them. But I contend that I can do more. That wonderful man was a far cry from the Hollywood heavies or comedy grotesques I would be asked to play when Zanuck came to see the play and signed me to 20th Century Fox.
But thanks to the wonderfully talented Mr. Mank, my average for this year just went up. It usually takes me weeks to get through a book, mainly because I have to steal away time to read. But once I started this latest volume, on the actor Laird Cregar, I went through the first half of it in the first two days, finishing it off within a week. I was just amazed at not only how effective and well made the picture was, but also the amazing talent of Cregar. I immediately started to seek out other of his films, especially Hangover Square , again being mesmerized by his performance. I started to read up on this seemingly unknown to me at least actor and his life in various books and online, only be to be depressed on how this brilliant performer was treated in his life, by others as well as how he treated himself.