Monday, June 26, 2017
6/26/1904 Peter Lorre slithers into the world
Among the American movies in which he played criminals are Crime and Punishment, Mad Love, The Maltese Falcon, and Casablanca. The last two also featured Sidney Greenstreet, and those two went on to make seven more movies together.
He also starred in a series of movies about John P. Marquand's Japanese spy/detective Mr. Moto, a role he came to despise. One of my favorite performances was as the hilarious plastic surgeon Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace.
John Huston, who directed him in The Maltese Falcon, said "He's always doing two things at the same time, thinking one thing and saying something else." A great skill for an actor.