One of Peter Lorre's best friends was Burl Ives. They seem almost comically different: the morphine-addicted Hungarian Brechtian stage actor turned Hollywood refugee character actor/bogeyman and the folksinger from rural Illinois turned Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer narrator (and, it must be said, namer of names). The friendship was initiated by Lorre, who spotted Ives on a soundstage one day in 1943 and said, "I would like to shake hands with you. I'm Peter Lorre. You see, I dig the ballad."
Burl Ives' full name was Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives. B III. Now that's a name.