Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein; June 26, 1904 - March 23, 1964) was a Hungarian-American actor who often played the sidekicks of villains, if not the villains themselves.

He was probably best known for his roles in films such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and Arsenic and Old Lace, although his breakout was in the German film M, where he played a child-killer. In real life, though, he was an intelligent, likeable man. He also starred in Disney's film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, in which he played Conseil, one of his few 'hero' roles. The Hanging Lamp from The Brave Little Toaster was inspired by Lorre. Genie from Aladdin also spoofed him.


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