Alan Walbridge Laddￂﾠwas an American actor and film and television producer. Ladd found success in film the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly inￂﾠWesternsￂﾠandￂﾠfilm noirsￂﾠwhere he was often paired withￂﾠVeronica Lake, as she was one of the few Hollywood actresses shorter than he. His popularity diminished in the late 1950s, though he continued to appear in popular films until his death fromￂﾠcerebral edemaￂﾠin January 1964.
Ladd was born inￂﾠHot Springs, Arkansas, but later relocated to North Hollywood, California when his mother re-married. ￂﾠￂﾠHe worked briefly as a studio carpenter (as did his stepfather) and for a short time was part of theￂﾠUniversal Picturesￂﾠstudio school for actors. ￂﾠIntent on acting, he found work in small theatres.ￂﾠHe had short term stints at MGM and RKO, and eventually started getting steady work on radio. ￂﾠLadd began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, includingￂﾠCitizen Kaneￂﾠ, before reaching recognition for his 1942 appearance in This Gun for Hire,ￂﾠinvigorating Hollywood's desire for gangster-crime features. ￂﾠHis cool, unsmiling persona proved popular with wartime audiences, and he was quickly established as one of the top box office stars of the decade. ￂﾠ