“If you can figure out my success on the screen, you’re a better man than I.” – Alan Ladd
Alan Ladd: September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964
Yet onscreen there was rarely another actor who could convey such cool and complete confidence.
Ladd had his final screen triumph when he played the part of aging former cowboy Nevada Smith in “The Carpetbaggers” (1964). Fans and critics praised Ladd’s performance in the oft-panned film and predicted a new career for him as a solid character actor. Unfortunately, it was not to be as Alan Ladd died on January 29, 1964.
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Richard Zampella is a writer who regularly contributes on entertainment subjects ranging from film history to current film technique. Among his production credits are producer of Sergeant York: Of God and Country, narrated by Liam Neeson. Inside High Noon narrated by Frank Langella and Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen narrated by Sam Waterston. The later was chosen by the New York Times as a Critics’ Pic in October of 2013.