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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 29, 1964|
|Born:||September 3, 1913||Cause of Death:||cerebral edema caused by chemical depressants (alcohol and various drugs)|
|Birth Place:||Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Moved with family to North Hollywood at age seven
After working as lifeguard, gas station attendant and hotdog vendor, became bit player in films, radio and local theatrical productions
Joined a small group of actors that Universal planned to turn into movie stars; group disbanded after two weeks
Briefly worked for the "San Fernanado Valley Sun-Record"
Worked as a grip at Warner Bros. For two years
Made film debut in a bit part, "Once in a Lifetime"
Signed by film actress turned agent Sue Carol
Worked exclusively for Paramount under long term contract
Achieved star status in "This Gun for Hire"; first teaming with Veronica Lake
Received medical discharge from the Air Corps
Last of four co-starring vehicles opposite Veronica Lake, "Saigon"
Played most memorable film role in "Shane"
Association with Paramount ended (date approximate)
Made annual exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars two years in a row, placing fourth and sixth
Formed production concern, Alan Ladd Enterprises; first feature credit starring Ladd, "Drum Beat", co-produced with Jaguar Productions and Warner Brothers
Last film, "The Carpetbaggers"
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