Cregar played the film's antagonist, Willard Gates, opposite Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. Cregar was best known for his villainous performances in films such as I Wake Up Screaming (1941) and The Lodger (1944).. Cregar's screen career began in 1940 working as an extra in films. The sponsor of a memorial may add an additional, No animated GIFs, photos with additional graphics (borders, embellishments. This memorial has been copied to your clipboard. Samuel Laird Cregar (July 28, 1913 – December 9, 1944) was an American stage and film actor. In the book, actor Vincent Price comments: "If there's a power of good, it follows that there must be a power of evil. Cregar's screen career began in 1940 working as an extra in films. [20] He graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia when he was 14. All photos uploaded successfully, click on the Done button to see the photos in the gallery. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? or don't show this again—I am good at figuring things out. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed ), memorial page for William Francis Cregar (18 Jul 1909–4 Oct 1938), Find a Grave Memorial no. Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2018. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. They announced him for The Californian,[12] which was not made, but Cregar was then cast in the big-budget historical movie Hudson's Bay (1941), opposite Paul Muni. It usually takes me 3-4 weeks to get through a book, mainly because I have to steal away time to read. Try again later. In 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 … This was a signature role; nothing quite equals it in all of Hollywood history. His proposal was eventually picked up by Arthur Hutchinson, who mounted the play in Los Angeles in April 1940 with Cregar. He was a popular actor until his death in 1944 at the age of 31. He wanted to act but he was too young to go to college, so he convinced the Hedgerow Players, an amateur company in Germantown, Pennsylvania, that he was an actor, and he spent several years with them.

[10] He was then tested by 20th Century Fox, who considered him as a replacement for Tyrone Power in a film called The Great Commandment (1939).[11]. Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. If a new volunteer signs up in your requested photo location, they may see your existing request and take the photo. "[8], Cregar's father died and his family returned to the United States.

And finally came "Hangover Square(1945)", Laird Cregar's only leading movie role. Though highly qualified, Manks invests too many pages at the beginning of the book strolling around Philadelphia,where Laird grew up, and other nearby locales, reminiscing about the past. "[8], He returned to Pennsylvania to appear in Federal Theatre projects. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. The author hints at a sexual relationship with actor Van Johnson, a highly successful matinee idol at MGM studios. In his brief career, Cregar was seen in films with not just Sanders and Darnell, but also Paul Muni, John Carradine, Don Ameche, Tyrone Power, and Gene Tierney.

Make sure that the file is a photo. You could also do it yourself at any point in time. 154906363, citing Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Crypt Tonight (contributor 48494116) . Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request. Select a place on the map to place the pin. The film was a big hit, but the increasingly sensitive Cregar was growing tired of being thought of as merely a hulking villain. After his sinister portrayal of the obsessed detective in I Wake Up Screaming (also 1941), he was borrowed for RKO to make Joan of Paris (1942). [26] His estate was valued at $10,000 ($145,236 today).

You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. A highly complex, intelligent man, Cregar was, in real life, kind and generous. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. [16], In 1943, David Bacon, a young actor with whom Cregar had been having an affair, was knifed to death, according to accounts in the press,[citation needed] which also published pictures of Cregar, calling him "such a good friend" of the victim. giant who stood at 6 foot three.

[8][24] Hangover Square was released two months after his death.

He underwent surgery at the beginning of December 1944. [15] Paramount borrowed him for This Gun for Hire (1942), a film noir. [28][29], Cregar also reportedly wrote a number of plays.[39]. [6] The production was a triumph for Cregar, the Los Angeles Times saying he "scored a sensational success. Putting great stress on his system, Cregar underwent surgery for a severe stomach disorder. [8][24] Hangover Square was released two months after his death. Laird Cregar wanted to avoid being the type-cast movie heavy in Hollywood movies.

By 1941, he had signed a film contract with 20th Century Fox.Cregar quickly rose to stardom, appearing in a variety of genres … 91499994, citing West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Graves (contributor 47171280) . There's a problem loading this menu right now.

Nonetheless John Chapman of the Chicago Daily Tribune predicted he would become one of the "stars of 1942". Cregar was laid to rest in a simple grave beside the road in the Eventide Section, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. After his sinister portrayal of the obsessed detective in I Wake Up Screaming (also 1941), he was borrowed for RKO to make Joan of Paris (1942). Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed ), memorial page for Laird Cregar (28 Jul 1914–9 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. GREAT NEWS! This account has been disabled. The producer and director of Oscar Wilde were reported as preparing an independent company to star Cregar in William Muir's The Life of Mohammed.