Laird Cregar

A Hollywood Tragedy


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About the Book

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 distinction as a portrayer of psychopaths and villains. Determined to break free of this typecasting, he desperately desired to become “a beautiful man,” embarking on an extreme diet that killed him at 31. This first biography of Cregar tells the heartbreaking story of the brilliant but doomed actor. Appendices cover his film, theatre, and radio work. Many never before published photographs are included.

About the Author(s)

Gregory William Mank, a Delta, Pennsylvania, freelance writer, has acted in more than 100 stage productions. He has written numerous books on classic horror films.

Bibliographic Details

Gregory William Mank
Format: hardcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 329
Bibliographic Info: 95 photos, filmography, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4956-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2844-8
Imprint: McFarland