Peter Lorre was a Hungarian actor. Lorre caused an international sensation in the German film M in which he portrayed a serial killer who preys on little girls. Soon in enforced exile, his first English language film was Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much made in Great Britain. Settling in Hollywood, he later became a featured player in many Hollywood crime and mystery films. In his initial American films though, Mad Love and Crime and Punishment, he continued to play murderers, but was then cast playing Mr Moto, the Japanese detective, in a run of B pictures.
From 1941 to 1946 he mainly worked for Warner Bros. The first of these films at Warners was The Maltese Falcon, which began a sequence in which he appeared with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet. This was followed by Casablanca. the second of the nine films in which Lorre and Greenstreet appeared. Lorre's other films include Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace and Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner, his later career was erratic. Lorre was the first actor to play a James Bond villain as Le Chiffre in a TV version of Casino Royale.