John Loder (actor)
Hedy Lamarr and John Loder in 1946
William John Muir Lowe|
3 January 1898
26 December 1988 (aged 90)|
Alba Julia Lagomarsino
(m. 1958; div. 1972)
Evelyn Auff Mordt
(m. 1949; div. 1955)
(m. 1943; div. 1947)
(m. 1936; div. 1941)
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
|Parent(s)||William Lowe (father)|
John Loder (born William John Muir Lowe; 3 January 1898 – 26 December 1988) was a British actor who later became an American citizen (1947).
Loder was born in 1898 at 11 Herbert Crescent, Knightsbridge, London. His father was W. H. M. Lowe, a British career officer who became a general. Patrick Pearse, the leader of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland, surrendered to him. Both were present at the surrender. His mother was Frances Broster (died 29 September 1942), daughter of Francisco de Salvo and his wife of Salerno, Sicily. Frances was widowed when she married Lowe; she had been married to Captain Robert Harry Johnson of the 64th Foot Regiment, who died.
World War One
Loder followed his father into the army, being commissioned into 15th Hussars as a second lieutenant on 17 March 1915, and then served in the Gallipoli Campaign, leaving there on 19 December that year.
On 21 April 1916 until early May, Loder was in Ireland, before proceeding to Rouen, France to rejoin his regiment. He was engaged in the 1916 Battle of the Somme and was taken prisoner by the Germans on 21 March 1918 at the village of Roisel. He was taken to Le Cateau gaol and then by train to the first of several prisoner-of-war camps, at Rastatt, in Baden, Germany. 
Leaving the cavalry, Loder went into business with a German friend, Walter Becker, establishing a pickle factory in Potsdam. Later Loder began to develop an interest in acting. He appeared at the British Theatre Guild in Berlin and enjoyed a triumph in productions of The Last of Mrs Cheyney and Loyalties.
He began appearing in bit parts in a few German films at the Tempelhof Film Studios including Dancing Mad (1925). He had a good part in Madame Wants No Children (1926) directed by Alexander Korda. He appeared in The Last Waltz (1927), The White Spider (1927), The Great Unknown (1927), Alraune (1928), Fair Game (1928), When the Mother and the Daughter (1928), Casanova's Legacy (1928), The Sinner (1928) and Adam and Eve (1928).
Loder left Germany to return briefly to the United Kingdom. He had a support role in The First Born (1928) playing Madeleine Carroll's love interest. He sailed to the United States on the SS Île de France, bound for Hollywood to try his luck in the new medium: "talkies".
First trip to Hollywood
Loder was signed by Paramount Studios. He appeared in The Case of Lena Smith (1929) directed by Josef Von Sternberg. He then made The Doctor's Secret (1929), which was Paramount's first talking picture, playing Ruth Chatterton's leading man. He appeared opposite Jack Holt in a Western, Sunset Pass (1929). His very English persona did not win America over at this time.
He also appeared in Black Waters (1929) the first British talkie, which was made in the US by producer Herbert Wilcox, and The Unholy Night (1929) at MGM. Loder made some for Pathe, Her Private Affair (1929), The Racketeer (1929), and Rich People (1930).
Korda had moved to Hollywood and cast Loder in Lilies of the Field (1930). This was made by Warners who also used Loder in The Second Floor Mystery (1930), The Man Hunter (1931) (a Rin Tin Tin film), Sweethearts and Wives (1930), and One Night at Susie's (1931). He went to Fox for Seas Beneath (1931) directed by John Ford, and appeared in a film for Hal Roach at MGM, On the Loose (1931).
Return to Britain
Loder pursued Merle Oberon in The Battle (1933) and had the star role in Money for Speed (1933) opposite Ida Lupino. He was in You Made Me Love You (1933) and had a small part in Korda's hugely successful The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), playing the true love interest of Elsa Lanchester's Anne of Cleeves.
Loder specialised in leading man parts in Warn London (1934); Java Head (1934) with Anna May Wong; Sing As We Go (1934) with Fields again, and a big hit; My Song Goes Round the World (1934); Lorna Doone (1934), as John Ridd; and 18 Minutes (1935).
He was top billed in The Silent Passenger (1935) and It Happened in Paris (1935) and supported in the Mozart biopic, Whom the Gods Love (1936). Loder was reunited with Gracie Fields in Queen of Hearts (1936) and starred in an IRA drama, Ourselves Alone (1936). He had a part in Guilty Melody (1936) and supported Boris Karloff in The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936).
Loder played the heroic investigator in Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage (1936) replacing Robert Donat. He played Sir Henry Curtis, the male romantic interest in the 1937 original film version of King Solomon's Mines, romancing Anna Lee.
Loder returned to Britain and starred in thrillers Anything to Declare? (1939), The Silent Battle (1939) with Rex Harrison, and Murder Will Out (1939. He had the title role in Meet Maxwell Archer (1940).
Return to Hollywood
He could be seen in Adventure in Diamonds (1940) and Diamond Frontier (1940). At 20th Century Fox he made Tin Pan Alley (1940), Scotland Yard (1941) and How Green Was My Valley (1941), in which he played a brother of Roddy McDowall's character.
In Now, Voyager (1942), he played a wealthy widower engaged to Bette Davis's character. That was made by Warners who used Loder in Gentleman Jim (1942) as Errol Flynn's love rival. Warners gave him a then-rare lead in a B, The Gorilla Man (1943), The Mysterious Doctor (1943), Murder on the Waterfront (1943), and Adventure in Iraq (1943).
Loder freelanced as an actor. He had support roles in The Hairy Ape (1944), and Abroad with Two Yanks (1944), then had a lead part in some B films: The Brighton Strangler (1945), Jealousy (1945), A Game of Death (1945) (a remake of The Most Dangerous Game), and The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946).
He supported in an A film, One More Tomorrow (1946) and appeared opposite then-wife Hedy Lamarr in Dishonored Lady (1947). Loder then appeared in a minor Broadway hit in For Love or Money (1947-48). Around this time he began to focus increasingly on business as opposed to acting.
His last film was The Firechasers (1971).
Loder was married five times; two of his wives were actresses: French star Micheline Cheirel (married 1936–41 – she later married Paul Meurisse), and the Austrian-American Hedy Lamarr (married 1943–47). He and Lamarr had three children, Denise (born 1945) and Anthony (born 1947), and Lamarr's son James Markey (born 1939) from her previous marriage to screenwriter Gene Markey whom Loder adopted. Though Lamarr claimed that she was not biologically related to James, documentation found after her death revealed that he was the out of wedlock son of Lamarr and Loder.
Loder's other wives were Sophie Kabel, Evelyn Auff Mordt, and finally in 1958, the heiress Alba Julia Lagomarsino of Argentina. After their marriage, he lived on her 25,000-acre cattle ranch and spent much time at the Jockey Club in Buenos Aires. They divorced in 1972, and Loder returned to London. He resided for some years in a house opposite Harrods.
In 1947, he became an American citizen. In 1959, he became a naturalised citizen of the United Kingdom, as he had been of "uncertain nationality".
His general health deteriorated in his eighties, and he was admitted in 1982 to the Distressed Gentlefolks Aid Association's Nursing Home in Vicarage Gate, Kensington, where he was well looked after. Once a week he would venture out by taxi to his London club, 'Bucks', in Mayfair, for luncheons. He died in London, aged 90, in 1988. His autobiography, Hollywood Hussar was published in 1977.
John Loder's eldest son, Robin William Lowe (1925 – 29 March 2002), followed his father to Eton and served in the Grenadier Guards. He later became a theatrical and literary agent and was married three times. His last marriage was to British actress Hilary Tindall (1938–1992), who played Ann Hammond in the 1970s BBC TV series The Brothers.
- Dancing Mad (1925) as Dance extra (uncredited)
- Madame Wants No Children (1926) as Dancer (uncredited)
- The Last Waltz (1927)
- The White Spider (1927) as Lord Gray
- The Great Unknown (1927) as Dr. Ralf Hallam
- Alraune (1928) as Der Vicomte
- Fair Game (1928) as Oberleutnant von Rohnstedt
- When the Mother and the Daughter (1928)
- Casanova's Legacy (1928)
- The Sinner (1928) as Armand
- The First Born (1928) as Lord David Harborough
- Adam and Eve (1928)
- The Case of Lena Smith (1929) (uncredited)
- The Doctor's Secret (1929) as Hugh Paton
- Sunset Pass (1929) as Ashleigh Preston
- Black Waters (1929) as Charles
- The Unholy Night (1929) as Capt. Dorchester
- Her Private Affair (1929) as Carl Weild
- Love, Live and Laugh (1929) as Dr. Price
- The Racketeer (1929) as Jack Oakhurst
- Rich People (1929) as Captain Danforth
- Lilies of the Field (1930) as Walter Harker
- The Second Floor Mystery (1930) as Fraser-Freer's Younger Brother
- The Man Hunter (1930) as George Castle
- Sweethearts and Wives (1930) as Sam Worthington
- One Night at Susie's (1930) as Hayes
- Are You There? (1930) as Bit Role (uncredited)
- Seas Beneath (1931) as Franz Shiller
- On the Loose (1931, short) as Mr. Loder
- Money Means Nothing (1932) as Earl Egbert
- Wedding Rehearsal (1932) as John Hopkins aka Bimbo
- La bataille (1933) as Herbert Fergan
- Money for Speed (1933) as Mitch
- You Made Me Love You (1933) as Harry Berne
- The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) as Peynell
- Paris Plane (1933)
- Rolling in Money (1934) as Lord Gawthorpe
- Love, Life and Laughter (1934) as Prince Charles
- Thunder in the East (1934) as Fergan
- Warn London (1934) as Inspector Yorke / Barraclough
- Java Head (1934) as Gerrit Ammidon
- Sing As We Go (1934) as Hugh Phillips
- My Song Goes Round the World (1934) as Rico
- Lorna Doone (1934) as John Ridd
- 18 Minutes (1935) as Trelawney
- The Silent Passenger (1935) as John Ryder
- It Happened in Paris (1935) as Paul
- Whom the Gods Love (1936) as Prince Lobkowitz
- Queen of Hearts (1936) as Derek Cooper
- Ourselves Alone (1936) as Captain Wiltshire
- Guilty Melody (1936) as Richard Carter
- The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936) as Dick Haslewood
- Sabotage (1936) as Ted
- King Solomon's Mines (1937) as Sir Henry Curtis
- Doctor Syn (1937) as Denis Cobtree
- Non-Stop New York (1937) as Inspector Jim Grant
- Under Secret Orders (1937) as Lt. Peter Carr
- Owd Bob (1938) as David Moore
- Katia (1938) as Le tsar Alexandre II
- Paix sur le Rhin (1938) as Émile Scheffer
- Anything to Declare? (1938) as Capt. Rufus Grant
- The Silent Battle (1939) as Bordier
- Murder Will Out (1939) as Dr. Paul Raymond
- Threats (1940) as Dick Stone
- Meet Maxwell Archer (1940) as Maxwell Archer
- Adventure in Diamonds (1940) as Michael Barclay
- Diamond Frontier (1940) as Dr. Charles Clayton
- Tin Pan Alley (1940) as Reggie Carstair
- Scotland Yard (1941) as Sir John Lasher
- One Night in Lisbon (1941) as Cmdr. Peter Walmsley
- How Green Was My Valley (1941) as Ianto
- Confirm or Deny (1941) as Captain Lionel Channing
- Eagle Squadron (1942) as Paddy Carson
- Now, Voyager (1942) as Elliot Livingston
- Gentleman Jim (1942) as Carlton De Witt
- The Gorilla Man (1943) as Captain Craig Killian
- The Mysterious Doctor (1943) as Sir Henry Leland
- Murder on the Waterfront (1943) as Lt. Cmdr. Holbrook
- Adventure in Iraq (1943) as George Torrence
- Old Acquaintance (1943) as Preston Drake
- Passage to Marseille (1944) as Manning
- The Hairy Ape (1944) as Tony Lazar
- Abroad with Two Yanks (1944) as Aussie Sgt. Cyril North
- The Brighton Strangler (1945) as Reginald Parker / Edward Grey
- Jealousy (1945) as Dr. David Brent
- A Game of Death (1945) as Don Rainsford
- Woman Who Came Back (1945) as Dr. Matt Adams
- The Fighting Guardsman (1946) as Sir John Tanley
- The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946) as De Villefort, Prefect of Police
- One More Tomorrow (1946) as Owen Arthur
- Dishonored Lady (1947) as Felix Courtland
- The Story of Esther Costello (1957) as Paul Marchant
- Small Hotel (1957) as Mr. Finch
- Woman and the Hunter (1957) as Mitchell Gifford
- Gideon's Day (1958) as The Duke
- The Secret Man (1958) as Maj. Anderson
- Allá donde el viento brama (1963)
- The Firechasers (1971) as Routledge (final film role)
- Hollywood Hussar by John Loder, London, 1977, p.9, ISBN 0-7030-0121-3
- "Hedy Lamarr and the Easter Rising". Irish Theatre Institute. 17 August 2006. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
- BBC, 1916 Easter Rising Gallery
- "No. 29102". The London Gazette. 16 March 1915. p. 2632.
- Hollywood Hussar pps:30 & 41-52.
- "JOHN LODER'S PAST FITS HIM FOR FILM ROLE". The Advocate (Tasmania). Tasmania, Australia. 30 January 1948. p. 6. Retrieved 17 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "BRITISH ACTOR". The Daily News. XLIX, (17,111). Western Australia. 7 March 1930. p. 10 (HOME FINAL EDITION). Retrieved 17 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- Hollywood Hussar pps:70-74.
- "JOHN LODER SETS UP NOVEL RECORD". Sunday Times (Perth) (2247). Western Australia. 2 March 1941. p. 9. Retrieved 17 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "JOHN LODER'S CHREEB". The Daily News. LV, (18,847). Western Australia. 15 August 1935. p. 10 (CITY FINAL). Retrieved 17 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Charlie Chaplin Writes Scenario For Paulette Goddard: John Loder Substitutes For Robert Donat". Chronicle. LXXIX, (4,163). South Australia. 27 August 1936. p. 51. Retrieved 17 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- Hollywood Hussar, p.118.
- "'Bathrobe Biography' of John Loder". The Advocate (Tasmania). Tasmania, Australia. 23 October 1937. p. 6. Retrieved 17 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Pp. 615-616.
- "Sunday Highlights". The Lincoln Star. June 11, 1944. p. 32. Retrieved March 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "John Loder, Businessman". The Newcastle Sun (8904). New South Wales, Australia. 13 July 1946. p. 5. Retrieved 17 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Divorce for Former M.P. - 20 Nov 1932, Sun • Page 18". The Observer: 18. 1932. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
- "Hedy Lamarr Adopts Baby Boy" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-06-09.
- "HEDY NEWS: LAMARR'S SON NOT ADOPTED". New York Post. 2001-02-05. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
- Genealogists' Magazine, vol.27, no.7, Society of Genealogists, London, 2002, pps:332-326, "Another Englishman Abroad - John Loder and Hedy Lamarr" by Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage.
- "No. 41637". The London Gazette. 17 February 1959. p. 1172.
- The Daily Telegraph, Obituary, 29 December 1988
- "Times" Death Notices, 3 April 2002
- Genealogists' Magazine, Sept 2002
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