Alan Ladd Quotes

Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964) was an American actor and film and television producer. Ladd found success in film in the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly in Westerns such as Shane (1953) and films noir in which he was often paired with Veronica Lake, such as This Gun for Hire (1942), The Glass Key (1942) and The Blue Dahlia (1946). Other notable credits include Two Years Before the Mast (1946), Whispering Smith (1949) and The Great Gatsby (1949). His popularity diminished in the late 1950s, though he continued to appear in popular films until his accidental death due to a lethal combination of alcohol, a barbiturate, and two tranquilizers

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Alan Ladd


Just as Jimmy Stewart and Tyrone Power get 50 percent of the profits, so do I.

Alan Ladd


I had only that one picture, Hitler, the Beast of Berlin, in which I had a part big enough to impress anyone. I tried for better roles over and over again

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I just want to make pictures that are entertaining. I'll leave the scenery chewing to someone else

Alan Ladd


I've always had a great respect for the picture business. It's been good to me.

Alan Ladd


Maybe I thought too much about picking up the money and not enough about the really good parts.

Alan Ladd


I'd rather be David Ladd's father than Alan Ladd any day.

Alan Ladd


What good will a tax break do me if I'm crippled for life?

Alan Ladd


Maybe I can't act, but I know the gimmicks. I studied acting all my life and know what's good for me.

Alan Ladd


I learned more about acting from George Stevens in a few months than I had in my entire life up until then.

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Strangers still leave me self-conscious.

Alan Ladd


When I was on the air a lot my throat and vocal chords got tired. If you don't vary your tones you can't get pretty tired of your own voice.

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I'm shy and can't for the life of me barge around and slap people on the back. I sit in a corner by myself and am tickled to death when someone comes over to talk to me.

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Being a good host offsets the deprivation and loneliness of my youth.

Alan Ladd


I don't care how small the parts are, as long as they're good.

Alan Ladd


I was a dummy in school.

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