Franchot Tone

Actor, Director, Producer
Blue-blood, stage-trained actor who made his film debut in 1932. Owing to his upper-class poise and polish, Tone was pigeonholed as a tuxedoed, cafe society sophisticate in a host of mostly MGM comedies and dramas. By ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1905 in Niagara Falls, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

In Harm's Way 1965 (Movie)

Admiral (Actor)

Mickey One 1965 (Movie)

Ruby Lopp (Actor)

See How They Run 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Careless Love 1964 (Movie)

Montasi Jr (Actor)

The United States Steel Hour 1953 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

The President (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Every Girl Should Be Married 1948 (Movie)

Roger Sanford (Actor)

Phantom Lady 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Five Graves to Cairo 1942 (Movie)

Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos (Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

John in Card-Playing Skit (Actor)

This Woman Is Mine 1940 (Movie)

Robert Stevens (Actor)

Trail of the Vigilantes 1939 (Movie)

Kansas (Tim Mason) (Actor)

Three Comrades 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Quality Street 1936 (Movie)

Dr. Valentine Brown (Actor)

The Bride Wore Red 1936 (Movie)

Giulio (Actor)

Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 (Movie)

Roger Byam (Actor)

Suzy 1935 (Movie)

Terry Moore (Actor)

The Gorgeous Hussy 1935 (Movie)

John Eaton (Actor)

Dangerous 1934 (Movie)

Don Bellows (Actor)

Lives of a Bengal Lancer 1934 (Movie)

Lieutenant Forsythe (Actor)

Dancing Lady 1932 (Movie)

Tod Newton (Actor)

The Wiser Sex 1931 (Movie)

Phil Long (Actor)

Because of Him (Movie)

The Playwright (Actor)

Gabriel Over the White House (Movie)

Hartley Beekman (Actor)

Her Husband's Affairs (Movie)

William Weldon (Actor)

Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

Wilbur Stanley (Actor)

His Butler's Sister (Movie)

Charles Gerard (Actor)

Jigsaw (TV Show)

Actor

Lost Honeymoon (Movie)

The Amnesiac (Actor)

Love on the Run (Movie)

Barnabas Pells (Actor)

Man-Proof (Movie)

Jimmy Kilmartin (Actor)

Midnight Mary (Movie)

Tom Mannering (Actor)

Nice Girl? (Movie)

Richard Calvert (Actor)

No More Ladies (Movie)

James Salston (Actor)

Sadie McKee (Movie)

Michael Alderson (Actor)

Shadow Over Elveron (TV Show)

Actor

She Knew All the Answers (Movie)

Mark Willows (Actor)

Stage Mother (Movie)

Warren Foster (Actor)

The Girl from Missouri (Movie)

T.R. Paige Jr (Actor)

The Hour Before the Dawn (Movie)

Jim Hetherton (Actor)

The King Steps Out (Movie)

Emperor Franz Josef (Actor)

The Man on the Eiffel Tower (Movie)

Radek (Actor)

The Unguarded Hour (Movie)

Sir Alan Deardon (Actor)

The Wife Takes a Flyer (Movie)

Christopher Reynolds (Actor)

The World Moves On (Movie)

Richard Girard, 1924, 1914 (Actor)

They Gave Him a Gun (Movie)

Jimmy Davis (Actor)

Today We Live (Movie)

Ronnie Boyce-Smith (Actor)

Biography

Blue-blood, stage-trained actor who made his film debut in 1932. Owing to his upper-class poise and polish, Tone was pigeonholed as a tuxedoed, cafe society sophisticate in a host of mostly MGM comedies and dramas. By 1937 the tall, handsome and sensitive actor was one of Hollywood's most prominent leading men, receiving recognition for his roles in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer" (1935) and "Three Comrades" (1938). Too often, though, he found himself stifled in standardized romantic leads, playing consort to dynamic star actresses, especially his then-wife Joan Crawford.

Relationships

Joan Crawford Actor

Wife
Co-starred in "Dancing Lady" (1933) and "Sadie McKee" (1934), among others Married in October 1935 Divorced in 1939

Dolores Dorn Actor

Wife
Met during stage production of "Uncle Vanya"

Barbara Payton Actor

Wife
Married 1951 Divorced 1952

Pascal Tone

Son
mother Jean Wallace

Thomas Tone

Son
mother Jean Wallace

Jean Wallace Actor

Wife
Divorced 1948; Tone won custody of two sons after divorce

EDUCATION

University of Rennes

summer course

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York 1927
head of drama club; elected Phi Beta Kappa

Milestones

1968

Appeared in last film, "The High Commissioner"

1967

With Jean Dalrymple, purchased Theatre Four in NY to use for experimental play productions; appeared there as narrator in "Beyond Desire"

1951

Assaulted by actor Tom Neal over disagreement regarding actor Barbara Payton

1939

Returned to stage in Group Theatre's production, "The Gentle People"

1932

Film debut, "The Wiser Sex" (filmed at Paramount's Astoria Studio in NY while he was appearing on stage in the evenings)

1932

Signed a five-year contract with MGM

1931

Founding member of the Group Theatre

1929

Became a member of the Theatre Guild, appearing in "Red Dust", "Meteor", "Hotel Universe" (1930) and "Green Grow the Lilacs" (1931)

1928

Joined the New Playwrights Company in Greenwich Village, with whom he made NY stage debut in "The Belt"

Returned to US and joined McGarry Players stock company in Buffalo NY

Staged (and acted in) acclaimed revival of Anton Chekhov's classic play, "Uncle Vanya", in the mid-1950s

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