Cregar, Laird

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Name
Cregar, Laird Gender: M
Samuel Laird Cregar
born on 28 July 1913 at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 39n57, 75w10
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 04°41' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 27°36 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 28°48'



Laird Cregar (as Natalio Curro in the trailer for "Blood and Sand," 1941)

Biography

American stage and film actor best known for his villainous performances in films such as I Wake Up Screaming (1941) and The Lodger (1944). He was a popular actor until his early death at the age of 31.

Cregar's screen career began in 1940 working as an extra in films. By 1941, he had signed a film contract with 20th Century Fox. Cregar quickly rose to stardom, appearing in a variety of genres from screwball comedy to horror.

Cregar became one of filmdom's top "heavies" — both figuratively and literally. Seldom weighing less than 300 pounds (136 kg) throughout his adult life, Cregar became obsessed with his weight.

In 1943, David Bacon, a young actor with whom Cregar had been having an affair, was knifed to death, according to accounts in the press, which also published pictures of Cregar, calling him "such a good friend" of the victim. This prompted studio executive Darryl F. Zanuck to arrange for an article in Silver Screen magazine to link Cregar romantically with Dorothy McGuire, among others, and to report that, despite his weight, the actor was considered sexy by many women.

Cregar followed a crash diet for his role in Hangover Square (which included prescribed amphetamines), placing a strain on his system, resulting in severe abdominal problems. He underwent surgery in December 1944. It was intended that Cregar's next film would be Les Misérables, directed by John Brahm, and Billy Rose wanted to star him on Broadway in Henry VIII. A few days after surgery, Cregar had a heart attack and was rushed to the Good Samaritan hospital in Los Angeles. He rallied briefly when put in an oxygen tent, but died at 4:15 PM on 9 December, aged 31.

On 8 February 1960, Cregar received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry.


Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • role played of/by Wilde, Oscar (born 16 October 1854). Notes: 1940 play "Oscar Wilde"

Events

  • Health : Medical procedure December 1944 (Hernia operation)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 9 December 1944 at 4:15 PM in Los Angeles (Age 31)
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  • Work : Prize 8 February 1960 (Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided screenshots from Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy by Gregory William Mank (McFarland, 2018), page 14: "1913: The Cregar family was living at 6705 Cresheim Road in Mount Airy. The area was known as Pelham, a colony of Philadelphia well-to-dos ... It was in that house on Monday, July 28, 1913, at 4:30 a.m., that Dr. Joseph Ullom, of 24 Carpenter Street, delivered the sixth and last of the sons of Edward and Elizabeth. His name: Samuel Laird Cregar." A footnote (page 294) gives the source as birth certificate from City of Philadelphia's Department of Records.

Time of death from Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan), 11 Dec 1944, page 2.

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Size (Height: 6 ft 3 in/ 1.90 m)
  • Traits : Body : Weight (300 lb/ 136 kg)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Fatal)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Eating Disorder (Crash diet led to death)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Youngest of six sons)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Grant, Scholarship, etc. (Acting scholarship)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Educated in England)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Heart attack)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and stage)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame)