Containing Multitudes Since 2004
"He-he, Awww, that's a good pair of nice little kittys, he-he, yes... We'll have to search around for some milk"
keep that cat away from my hhhead!
Brilliant actor, trapped in roles as monsters, tortured souls and melodramatic heavies. But if you don't cast him as one of those, what do you cast him as? That's a question that I can't think of an answer to. The only answer anyone seemed to have was the higher sort of monster/tortured soul: Raskolnikov or the Child Murderer in M.
Why voice overs, of course!
Ernie Borgnine launched his star as Marty, a leading romantic role/tortured soul. Ended up playing lots of psycho-monsters. Someone should have cast Lorre in a similar role about aged folk. But soulful romantic comedies about old folks don't get much shrift, I guess.
He had some comedic turns late in career which came off well-self deprecating humor is best. See Silk Stockings, Beat the Devil, even Muscle Beach Party.Unfortunately, due to ill health, he developed a morphine addiction, which I imagine helped color his screen performances.A fine actor, often overlooked by film buffs. Fortunately, a lot of his films are available on DVD, since he was fortunate to work on a lot of truly great films, and a lot of lesser films that had great casts.
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