Peter Lorre

Hungarian-American actor (1904–1964)

Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein; 26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was an Austro-Hungarian-American actor.

Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre in credits for 1941's The Maltese Falcon.


  • You know I can get away with murder. The audience loves me.
  • For a lazy man I work awfully hard, I couldn't live without acting. In fact anybody who can live without that feeling is a complete idiot.
  • Me act? Why, I just make faces! Really, that's all I do, I make lots of faces and they pay me for it. The director says: "You're mad, Peter. Make like you're mad.” Then pretty soon someone calls out “one hour for lunch”! I follow the others to the commissary and later return to the set. “Make like you did before lunch, Peter,” says the director. “Make like you're mad.” So I make like I'm mad again and before long someone says, "wrap 'em up. That's all for today." So I go home, have dinner, go to bed, get up, report for work again and the director says: “Make like you're mad again, Peter. Make like you did yesterday.” I find it so easy. I just look mad and like old man river I keep rolling along doing devilish things in motion pictures.
    • -- Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on May 5, 1957, Page 43

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