According to Wikipedia,
Alan Walbridge Ladd was an American actor and film producer. Ladd found success in film in the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly in Westerns, such as Shane , and in films noir. He was often paired with Veronica Lake in films noir, such as This Gun for Hire , The Glass Key , and The Blue Dahlia . Ladd also appeared in ten films with William Bendix; both actors coincidentally died in 1964.