From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Laird Cregar (July 28, 1913 – December 9, 1944) was an American film actor. Samuel Laird Cregar was the youngest of six sons of Edward Matthews Cregar, a cricketer and member of a team called the Gentlemen of Philadelphia. They toured internationally in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Lairds mother was the former Elizabeth Smith. Laird Cregar was educated at Winchester College in England, spending his summers as a page boy and bit player with the Stratford-upon-Avon theatrical troupe. Upon completing his schooling, Cregar won a scholarship at Californias Pasadena Playhouse, supporting himself as a nightclub bouncer when funds ran out. So broke that at times he had to sleep in his car, Cregar forced Hollywood to pay attention to him by staging his own one-man show, in which he portrayed Oscar Wilde. Description above from the Wikipedia article Laird Cregar, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.