Popular actor who played the title role in the 1953 western movie, Shane. His portrayal of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby earned him additional acclaim.
He opened a hamburger and malt shop, Tiny's Patio, before becoming a studio carpenter and an actor.
He was a swimming star at his high school, North Hollywood High School.
He was married to his second wife, Sue Carol, from 1942 to 1964. His son, Alan Ladd Jr., became a producer and the founder of The Ladd Company.
He was in The Great Gatsby, which was based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.