Lew Ayres

Actor, Filmmaker, Musician
This earnest, boyishly handsome star of the pacifist classic "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) was extremely prolific during the 1930s, at first primarily at Universal Studios, and then also at Fox and Paramount ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1908 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kiss 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

L.A. Law 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Under Siege 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Savage: In the Orient 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Of Mice and Men 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Greatest Heroes of the Bible 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Reunion 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica 1978 (Movie)

President Adar (Actor)

Damien - Omen II 1978 (Movie)

Bill Aherton (Actor)

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

End of the World 1976 (Movie)

Beckerman (Actor)

Heatwave! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle For the Planet of the Apes 1973 (Movie)

Mandemus (Actor)

The Stranger 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Biscuit Eater 1971 (Movie)

Mr Ames (Actor)

The Man 1971 (Movie)

Noah Calvin (Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Marcus Welby, M.D. 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carpetbaggers 1963 (Movie)

McAllister (Actor)

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

The Vice President (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Stanwyck Theater 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Donovan's Brain 1953 (Movie)

Dr Patrick J Cory (Actor)

Holiday 1937 (Movie)

Ned Seton (Actor)

The Last Train From Madrid 1936 (Movie)

Bill Dexter (Actor)

All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 (Movie)

Paul Baumer (Actor)

Big News (Movie)

Copy Boy (Actor)

Broadway Serenade (Movie)

James Geoffrey Seymour (Actor)

Calling Dr. Kildare (Movie)

Dr. James Kildare (Actor)

Cast the First Stone (TV Show)

Actor

Common Clay (Movie)

Hugh Fullerton (Actor)

Cross Country Cruise (Movie)

Norman (Actor)

Dr. Kildare Goes Home (Movie)

Dr. James Kildare (Actor)

Dr. Kildare's Crisis (Movie)

Dr. James Kildare (Actor)

Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (Movie)

Dr. James Kildare (Actor)

Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (Movie)

Dr. James Kildare (Actor)

Earth II (TV Show)

Actor

East Is West (Movie)

Billy Benson (Actor)

Fingers at the Window (Movie)

Oliver Duffy (Actor)

Johnny Belinda (Movie)

Dr. Robert Richardson (Actor)

King of the Newsboys (Movie)

Jerry Flynn (Actor)

Let's Be Ritzy (Movie)

Jimmie (Actor)

Letters From Frank (TV Show)

Actor

Lime Street (TV Show)

Actor

Maisie Was a Lady (Movie)

Bob Rawlston (Actor)

New Mexico (Movie)

Capt. Hunt (Actor)

Night World (Movie)

Michael Rand (Actor)

Remember (Movie)

Sky Ames (Actor)

Rich Man, Poor Girl (Movie)

Henry Thayer (Actor)

Salem's Lot (TV Show)

Actor

She Waits (TV Show)

Actor

State Fair (Movie)

Pat Gilbert (Actor)

Suddenly, Love (TV Show)

Actor

The Capture (Movie)

Vanner (Actor)

The Dark Mirror (Movie)

Dr. Scott Elliott (Actor)

The Doorway to Hell (Movie)

Louis Ricarno (Actor)

The Golden Fleecing (Movie)

Henry Twinkle (Actor)

The Last Generation (TV Show)

Actor

The Questor Tapes (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret of Dr. Kildare (Movie)

Dr. James Kildare (Actor)

The Spirit of Notre Dame (Movie)

Bucky O'Brien (Actor)

The Stranger (Movie)

(Actor)

The Unfaithful (Movie)

Larry Hannaford (Actor)

Young Dr. Kildare (Movie)

Dr. James Kildare (Actor)
Editor (1)

Altars of the World 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Altars of the World 1975 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Producer (1)

Altars of the World 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Altars of the World 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

This earnest, boyishly handsome star of the pacifist classic "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) was extremely prolific during the 1930s, at first primarily at Universal Studios, and then also at Fox and Paramount. Although a very talented and sensitive actor, Ayres found his early stardom fade during the decade as he was cast in either trivial light comedies which suited his gentle manner or in films which called for tough, streetwise characterizations which didn't always suit him. He gave an excellent performance, though, as Katharine Hepburn's drunken brother in George Cukor's "Holiday" (1938) and enjoyed considerable popularity in a series of Dr. Kildare films at MGM in the late 30s and early 40s. His career faded during WWII after he declared himself a conscientious objector, but he received renewed respect when he served bravely in a non-combat medical capacity.

Relationships

Justin Ayres

Son
survived him

Diana Hall

Wife
married in 1964 survived him

Lola Lane

Wife
married in 1931 divorced in 1933

Ginger Rogers Actor

Wife
Acted together in "Don't Bet on Love" (1933) Separated in late 1930s

EDUCATION

University of Arizona

Tucson , Arizona
dropped out c. 1928

Milestones

1994

Last TV-movie, "Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart"

1985

TV series debut as regular on the short-lived ABC adventure series "Lime Street"

1978

Made final feature appearances in "Battlestar Galactica" and "Damien--Omen II"

1976

Directed the religious documentary, "Altars of the World"

1972

Returned to feature films after an eight-year absence in "The Man" and "The Biscuit Eater"; continued acting in feature films until the end of the 1970s

1968

TV-movie debut in the pilot for "Hawaii Five-O"

1962

Returned to features to act supporting roles in several films, beginning with "Advise and Consent"

1958

Hosted the TV series "Frontier Justice"

1953

Last films for nearly a decade, "No Escape" and "Donovan's Brain"

1946

Returned to film acting after the war in "The Dark Mirror"

1941

Last film for four years, "Fingers at the Window"

1941

Was interred in a labor camp for conscientious objectors after offering to do "non-combatant service" in the army during WWII

1940

Last Dr. Kildare film, "Dr. Kildare's Victory"

1938

First played Dr. Kildare in "Young Dr. Kildare"

1936

Directed a feature film, "Hearts in Bondage", for Republic Studios

1934

Last films under Universal contract, "Cross Country Cruise" and "Let's Be Ritzy"

1930

Landmark film and performance for Ayres, "All Quiet on the Western Front"; film also began his association with Universal Pictures

1929

Made film acting debut in "The Kiss", starring Greta Garbo

Later served with distinction in the military medical services, sometimes under dangerous conditions; was awarded several medals

Bonus Trivia

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Served on the US National Committee for UNESCO.

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