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DiedJanuary 29, 1964, Palm Springs, California, United States
SpouseSue Carol, Marjorie Jane Harrold
FactHe was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of superhero Green Lantern/Alan Scott (created in 1940). Ladd was 27 years old at the point. Scott's full name is Alan Ladd Wellington Scott.
PaymentsEarned $250 from Rulers of the Sea (1939)

Alan Ladd was born on September 3, 1913, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the only child of Ina Raleigh (née Rollock) and Alan Ladd, Sr. His father was a freelance accountant who died of a heart attack when Ladd was four. His mother remarried soon afterwards to Jim Beavers, a house painter. Ladd graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1931. He worked as a bank clerk, an insurance salesman, and a part-time model before moving to California in 1932 to pursue a career in acting.

Ladd’s film debut came in the 1932 short film The Goldfish Bowl. He appeared in over 50 films throughout his career, including roles in such classics as Citizen Kane (1941), The Blue Dahlia (1946), Shane (1953), and The Carpetbaggers (1964). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Blue Dahlia.

Ladd’s personal life was marked by tragedy. His first wife, actress Sue Carol, died of cancer in 1983. Their daughter, Alana Ladd, died of an overdose in 1992. His second wife, Cheryl Holdridge, also died of cancer in 2009.

Ladd died of a heart attack on January 29, 1964, at the age of 50. His ashes were scattered at sea off the coast of California.

At the time of his death, Ladd was one of the most popular and highest-paid actors in Hollywood. His films had grossed over $300 million at the box office. Today, he is remembered as a Hollywood legend.

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Full NameAlan Ladd
DiedJanuary 29, 1964, Palm Springs, California, United States
Height1.68 m
ProfessionActor, Film producer, Television producer
EducationNorth Hollywood High School


SpouseSue Carol, Marjorie Jane Harrold
ChildrenDavid Ladd, Alana Ladd, Alan Ladd Jr.
ParentsAlan Ladd, Sr., Ina Raleigh Ladd


AwardsGolden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites
MoviesShane, The Blue Dahlia, This Gun for Hire, The Glass Key, The Proud Rebel, The Iron Mistress, Boy on a Dolphin, The Badlanders, Whispering Smith, The Carpetbaggers, Drum Beat, Appointment with Danger, Guns of the Timberland, The Great Gatsby, Two Years Before the Mast, The Black Knight, Paper Bullet...

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Boy on a Dolphin (1957)$290,000
O.S.S. (1946)$75,000
Paper Bullets (1941)$150
Rulers of the Sea (1939)$250


1I have the face of an aging choirboy and the build of an undernourished featherweight. If you can figure out my success on the screen you're a better man than I.


1He was a chain smoker.
2According to June Allyson in her biography, Alan Ladd was scared of flying. When he had to travel to Europe he used the boat, train or car.
3After Dick Cavett made a disparaging remark to John Houseman about Ladd's minimal acting talents, Houseman replied, "You'd be in despair. You'd go down to the set and you'd say, 'Why are we even making this film?' Then you'd go to the rushes, and there'd be these beautiful eyes, full of hidden thoughts. A marvelous film actor.".
4He was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of superhero Green Lantern/Alan Scott (created in 1940). Ladd was 27 years old at the point. Scott's full name is Alan Ladd Wellington Scott.
5He was a staunch Republican and campaigned for Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election.
6In 1943, "Modern Screen" magazine ran sixteen stories on him in its twelve issues that year.
7In 1945, he ranked fourth in a "Modern Screen" magazine popularity poll among readers.
8He ranked tenth in popularity in a poll of movie fans conducted by the "Motion Picture Herald" in 1947. From 1948-1950, he ranked number one in that poll.
9In 1954 he and Barbara Stanwyck won the top spots in "Modern Screen" magazine's Star of Stars Award competition as the most popular actors among fans in the previous ten years.
10While he never enjoyed popularity among film critics, Ladd himself and his films were popular with the public. He was mobbed at guest appearances on network radio programs such as "The Lux Radio Theater" and in the 1940s his films grossed almost $55 million.
11At the time of his death he had expressed an interest in playing Steve McQueen's role in Nevada Smith (1966), a part he'd played three years earlier in The Carpetbaggers (1964).
12Turned down James Dean's role in Giant (1956) and Spencer Tracy's role in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).
13Discovered Rory Calhoun while horseback riding in Griffith Park.
14His former home in Palm Springs, California, is still on the bus tour of movie stars' homes. An office building also bears his name.
15In 1956, Ladd proposed a television series based on his radio series "Box 13". The idea didn't sell. Ladd himself had played his "Box 13" character Dan Holiday in the "Committed" episode of General Electric Theater (1953) on television. In 1963, Ladd said he hoped to reunite several of his 1940s era co-stars, including William Bendix and Veronica Lake, for a big screen version of "Box 13".
16He and Veronica Lake made seven movies together: The Blue Dahlia (1946), Duffy's Tavern (1945), The Glass Key (1942), Saigon (1948), Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), This Gun for Hire (1942) and Variety Girl (1947). In Variety Girl (1947), Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) and Duffy's Tavern (1945), they appear as themselves.
17Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1601 Vine Street.
18A photograph of his flogging in Two Years Before the Mast (1946) appears on the cover of the 2004 book: "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies".
19Ladd portrayed Dan Holiday on Mutual Radio's "Box 13" (1948-1949). This show was also syndicated.
20In a 1961 interview Ladd was asked, "What would you change about yourself if you could?" He replied tersely: "Everything."
21The prisoner he plays in 1953's Botany Bay (1952) is keelhauled, marking what may be the only time a Hollywood leading man suffers this particular form of punishment.
22In his movies, suffers two cat-o-nine-tails floggings aboard sailing ships: (1) in Two Years Before the Mast (1946), he receives 10 lashes for striking an officer; (2) in Botany Bay (1952), he receives 50 lashes for attempting to escape from a prison transport ship.
23Owing to a clerical error, Ladd was inaccurately included in the cast credits for Born to the West (1937) in studio publicity material. In fact, he was never in the film, despite the fact that it often shows up in his credits and even on the video box!.
24Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage.
25Father of Alan Ladd Jr. with first wife, Marjorie 'Midge' Harrold. Father of Alana Ladd and David Ladd with second wife, Sue Carol. Grandfather of Jordan Ladd.




The Carpetbaggers1964Nevada Smith
13 West Street1962Walt Sherill
Duel of Champions1961Horatio
All the Young Men1960Sgt. Kincaid
One Foot in Hell1960Mitch Garrett
Guns of the Timberland1960Jim Hadley
The Man in the Net1959John Hamilton
The Badlanders1958Peter Van Hoek ('The Dutchman')
The Proud Rebel1958John Chandler
General Electric Theater1954-1958TV SeriesDan Donlan / Joe / Dan Holiday
The Deep Six1958Alexander 'Alec' Austen
Boy on a Dolphin1957Dr. James Calder
The Big Land1957Chad Morgan
A Cry in the Night1956Opening Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Santiago1956Caleb 'Cash' Adams
Hell on Frisco Bay1955Steve Rollins
The McConnell Story1955Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.
Drum Beat1954Johnny MacKay
The Black Knight1954John
Saskatchewan1954Thomas O'Rourke
Hell Below Zero1954Duncan Craig
Desert Legion1953Paul Lartal
Botany Bay1952Hugh Tallant
The Iron Mistress1952Jim Bowie
Thunder in the East1951Steve Gibbs
Red Mountain1951Capt. Brett Sherwood
Appointment with Danger1951Al Goddard
Captain Carey, U.S.A.1950Captain Webster Carey
Eyes of Hollywood1949Short
Chicago Deadline1949Ed Adams
The Great Gatsby1949Jay Gatsby
Whispering Smith1948Whispering Smith
Beyond Glory1948Capt. Rockwell 'Rocky' Gilman
Saigon1948Maj. Larry Briggs
Wild Harvest1947Joe Madigan
Calcutta1947Neale Gordon
My Favorite Brunette1947Sam McCloud (uncredited)
O.S.S.1946Philip Masson John Martin
The Blue Dahlia1946Johnny Morrison - Lt.Cmdr., ret.
Two Years Before the Mast1946Charles Stewart
Hollywood Victory Caravan1945ShortAlan Ladd
Duffy's Tavern1945Alan Ladd
Salty O'Rourke1945Salty O'Rourke
And Now Tomorrow1944Doctor Merek Vance
Skirmish on the Home Front1944ShortHarry W. Average
Letter from a Friend1943Short
China1943David Jones
Photographic Intelligence for Bombardment Aviation1943Documentary shortCapt. Smith (uncredited)
Lucky Jordan1942Lucky Jordan
The Glass Key1942Ed Beaumont
This Gun for Hire1942Philip Raven
Star Spangled Rhythm1942Alan Ladd- Scarface Skit
Joan of Paris1942Baby
I Look at You1941Short
More Worlds to Conquer1941ShortCharles Martin Hall
Cadet Girl1941Harry - Musician (uncredited)
Military Training1941ShortLieutenant, Platoon Leader, County Fair (uncredited)
Great Guns1941Soldier in Photo Shop (uncredited)
Paper Bullets1941Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan
The Black Cat1941Richard Hartley
Citizen Kane1941Pipe-smoking Reporter (uncredited)
Petticoat Politics1941Higgins Daughter's Boyfriend
The Reluctant Dragon1941/IAl - Baby Weems Storyboard Artist
American Portrait1940ShortYoung Man / Old Man
Blame It on Love1940TV director (uncredited)
Meat and Romance1940ShortBill Allen
Her First Romance1940John Gilman
Victory1940Heyst as an 18-Year-Old (uncredited)
Meet the Missus1940John Williams
Ellery Queen, Master Detective1940Elevator Passenger (unconfirmed, uncredited)
The Howards of Virginia1940Backwoodsman (uncredited)
Captain Caution1940Newton
Cross-Country Romance1940Mr. Williams - First Mate (uncredited)
Those Were the Days!1940Keg Rearick
Gangs of Chicago1940uncredited
In Old Missouri1940John Pittman Jr.
The Light of Western Stars1940Danny
Brother Rat and a Baby1940Cadet in Trouble (uncredited)
The Green Hornet1940Gilpin - Student Pilot [Ch. 3] (uncredited)
Rulers of the Sea1939Colin Farrell
Hitler - Beast of Berlin1939Karl Bach (as Allan Ladd)
The Mysterious Miss X1939Henchman (uncredited)
Freshman Year1938Student (uncredited)
Come On, Leathernecks!1938Club Waiter (uncredited)
The Goldwyn Follies1938First Auditioning Singer (uncredited)
Hold 'Em Navy1937Chief Quartermaster (uncredited)
All Over Town1937Young Man (uncredited)
Souls at Sea1937Sailor (uncredited)
The Last Train from Madrid1937Soldier (uncredited)
Pigskin Parade1936Student (uncredited)
Murder at the Vanities1934Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Saturday's Millions1933Student (uncredited)
Island of Lost Souls1932Beast (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Once in a Lifetime1932Projectionist (uncredited)
Tom Brown of Culver1932Cadet (uncredited)


13 West Street1962producer - uncredited
All the Young Men1960executive producer - uncredited
Guns of the Timberland1960executive producer - uncredited
The Man in the Net1959producer - uncredited
Island of Lost Women1959executive producer - uncredited
Schlitz Playhouse1959TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Deep Six1958producer - uncredited
The Big Land1957producer - uncredited
A Cry in the Night1956producer - uncredited
Santiago1956producer - uncredited
Hell on Frisco Bay1955producer - uncredited
General Electric Theater1954-1955TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Drum Beat1954producer - uncredited

Camera Department

Captain Blood1935grip - uncredited


The Bob Cummings Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Kings Row1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself
Red Skelton Revue1954TV SeriesHimself
Better Living TV Theatre1953TV Series documentaryHimself
A Sporting Oasis1952Documentary shortHimself
The Actor's Society Benefit Gala1949TV MovieHimself - Host
Variety Girl1947Himself
Screen Snapshots: The Skolsky Party1946Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 23, No. 1: Hollywood in Uniform1943Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

The First Motion Picture Unit: When Hollywood Went to War2014Documentary
How the West Was Lost2008TV Movie documentaryShane (uncredited)
Go West, Young Man!2003DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond2000TV Short documentaryHimself
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
E! Mysteries & Scandals2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Alan Ladd: The True Quiet Man1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Commandos1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
L.A. Confidential1997Himself (uncredited)
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths1990Video documentaryHimself
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984DocumentaryHimself
Roger Waters: 5:01AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Pt. 10)1984ShortShane
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid1982The Exterminator
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryShane
Hustle1975Actor in Film Clip from 'Branded' (uncredited)
Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At...1965TV Series documentary
Hollywood: The Fabulous Era1962TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars1956Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots: Memories in Uniform1954Documentary shortHimself


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1601 Vine Street.
1954Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - MaleTogether with Robert Taylor
1953Most Popular Male StarPhotoplay Awards
1950Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor
1944Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor

Nominated Awards

1955Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
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