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Greg Mank does it again! Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. He graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia when he was 14. Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA. Boy was he great! His mother was at his bedside. He was announced to play Javert in a production of Les Misérables, but this was postponed, and Fox wanted him to play demented pianist George Bone in Hangover Square (1945). He was becomming successful, but he had no money. I first saw Mr. Cregar in HEAVEN CAN WAIT and I was hooked for life. [4] 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. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. ^ "Laird Cregar  (1914 - 1944) - Find A Grave Memorial". His proposal was eventually picked up by Arthur Hutchinson, who mounted the play in Los Angeles in April 1940 with Cregar. Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018, LAIRD CREGAR: A HOLLYWOOD TRAGEDY by Gregory William Mank, Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2018. [8], Cregar's performance immediately attracted the interest of Hollywood studios: Cregar was tested for the second lead in The Letter (1940) and made screen tests for MGM and Paramount. Here's some info from Wikipedia, about this odd, tet talented duck: Here's some info from Wikipedia, about this odd, yet talented duck: Laird Cregar! An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request.

This prompted studio executive Darryl F. Zanuck to arrange for an article in Silver Screen magazine to link Cregar romantically with Dorothy McGuire, among others, and to report that, despite his weight, the actor was considered sexy by many women. Cregar quickly rose to stardom, appearing in a variety of genres from screwball comedy to horror. But his heart gave out on the morning of December 9, 1944, only days after the surgery.

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By 1941, he had signed a film contract with 20th Century Fox.Cregar quickly rose to stardom, appearing in a variety of genres … He followed that up with the successful screwball comedy Rings on Her Fingers (1942) playing a con artist opposite Gene Tierney, then back to villainy with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (also 1942). [5], In 1936, Cregar won a scholarship to California's Pasadena Playhouse. "Heaven Can Wait(1943)", a delightful fantasy with Cregar as the Devil himself(in Technicolor). "[9] John Barrymore saw him and said he was one of the most gifted young stage actors in the past ten years. "The Lodger(1944)", with Cregar as Jack the Ripper. 154906363, citing Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Crypt Tonight (contributor 48494116) . His campaign to slim down and become one of the beautiful people is his tragedy. And how nice to know that I'm not the only who is fascinated by the genius of the tragic Laird Cregar. [27], On February 8, 1960, Cregar received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry, at 1716 Vine Street. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to feedback@findagrave.com and include a link to the page and details about the problem. [25] Vincent Price, Cregar's co-star in Hudson's Bay (1941), delivered the eulogy.

[6] He also acted with other stock companies in Philadelphia and wrote some plays that were performed by amateur groups. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. Make sure that the file is a photo. 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 …

He was 31 years old. He also appeared on stage for the first time when he was eight. His father was a cricketer and member of a team called the Gentlemen of Philadelphia, which toured internationally in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Laird Cregar was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of six sons of Elizabeth (née Smith) and Edward Matthews Cregar. Please enter location or other information that may help the volunteer in fulfilling this request. Cregar had become one of filmdom's top "heavies"—both figuratively and literally. That's it. [23] He rallied briefly when put in an oxygen tent, but died on December 9, aged 31 years. The reading goal that I have set for myself is to get through at least one book per month, and for the last couple of years, I’ve happily gone a little past that goal. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. [23] He rallied briefly when put in an oxygen tent, but died on December 9, aged 31 years.

Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018, Gregory William Mank,s biography of actor Laird Cregar, "A Hollywood Tragedy", is a spirited, soul-searching expose. For Edits select Suggest Edits on the memorial page. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? Cregar felt the lead role would be ideal for him, and he pitched the project to a number of producers. His superior research skills, detailed descriptions, and his fascination with the masters of horror has held me spellbound since his very first book, IT'S ALIVE. I’ve been a fan of Laird Cregar for years but knew almost nothing about him. Nonetheless John Chapman of the Chicago Daily Tribune predicted he would become one of the "stars of 1942". Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. I saw each one of his films several times and it was a terrible shock to read of his death. He appeared in 16 films, but, of these, four really stand out. He performed as a page boy with the Stratford-upon-Avon theatrical troupe, and continued to act in several other productions at Stratford. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. He spent two years there, acting and studying; he said Thomas Browne Henry of the Playhouse gave him the worst advice he possibly could, telling him "not to lose a pound of weight, but instead to develop a thin man's personality. [6][7] "From that time on", he said later, "all I've ever wanted to do is go on stage. Retrieved June 19, 2016. A tragically short life, but he certainly left a lasting memory.

In a wild death scene, Cregar pounds out a beautiful piano concerto, as the room around him collapses in fire. [26] His estate was valued at $10,000 ($145,236 today).

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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. GREAT NEWS! Thank yiou, Mr. Mank. There's a problem loading this menu right now. [17], In March 1943, Fox announced plans to cast Cregar in the starring role in The Lodger (1944), as a character who may or may not be Jack the Ripper. The crash diet that Cregar followed for his roles in The Lodger and Hangover Square (which included prescribed amphetamines) placed a strain on his system, resulting in severe abdominal problems. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. Try again later. In loving detail Mr. Mank uses a fine tooth comb to detail the ups and downs of this amaizng actor's work, his personal life...and his demons. 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. latimes.com. Cregarr was an anomoly in the Hollywood of the 1940's. Read more about this topic:  Laird Cregar, “Oh! This was the third film he would shoot with actor George Sanders. Try again later. Are you sure that you want to report this flower to administrators as offensive or abusive? Mar 13, 2019 - This Pin was discovered by John Malcolm. giant who stood at 6 foot three. This movie made tough-guy Alan Ladd an instant star. This account has been disabled. To view a photo in more detail or edit captions for photos you added, click the photo to open the photo viewer. When assigned the role of demented pianist George Bone in Hangover Square (1945), Cregar decided to give the character a "romantic" veneer, and, to that end, lost more than a hundred pounds on a crash diet which included prescribed amphetamines. Verify and try again. But his plans to become the leading man went astray.

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The strain on his system resulted in severe abdominal problems; a few days after undergoing stomach surgery, Cregar died of a heart attack. 1930 U.S. Census, State of Pennsylvania, County of Philadelphia, enumeration district 636, p. 1-A, family 9. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. But once I started this latest volume, on the actor Laird Cregar, I went through the first half of it in the first two days, finishing it off within a week. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. "[8], Cregar's father died and his family returned to the United States. For help using the website visit our help page or contact support@findagrave.com. A fascinating actor, and character, Cregar died not too many years after I WAKE UP SCREAMING, so his career was not extended. www.findagrave.com. Samuel Laird Cregar was born in Philadelphia on July 28, 1913. Laird Cregar at Find A Grave : Posted: Oct 15, 2008 - 10:24 PM : By: Steve Johnson (Member) Here's some info from Wikipedia, about this odd, yet talented duck: [edit] Early life and career Samuel Laird Cregar was the youngest of six sons of Edward Matthews Cregar, a cricketer and member of a team called the Gentlemen of Philadelphia. Samuel Laird Cregar was the youngest of six sons of Edward Matthews Cregar, a cricketer and member of a team called the Gentlemen of Philadelphia. Seldom weighing less than 300 pounds (136 kg) throughout his adult life, Cregar became obsessed with his weight. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology.