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Also Known As: Died: September 12, 1953
Born: November 15, 1879 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

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Broadway lead who played courtly heroes in numerous silent films, making his mark in Rex Ingram's "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922--dual role) and "Scaramouche" (1923). Despite his advanced years--he was 50 at the dawn of the sound era--Stone continued to play gentlemanly leads, often appearing opposite Greta Garbo, and eventually evolved into a dependable character player of numerous MGM productions, notably as Judge Hardy in the "Andy Hardy" series.

Broadway lead who played courtly heroes in numerous silent films, making his mark in Rex Ingram's "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922--dual role) and "Scaramouche" (1923). Despite his advanced years--he was 50 at the dawn of the sound era--Stone continued to play gentlemanly leads, often appearing opposite Greta Garbo, and eventually evolved into a dependable character player of numerous MGM productions, notably as Judge Hardy in the "Andy Hardy" series.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) Capt. Holt
2.
 Just This Once (1952) Judge Samuel Coulter
3.
 Talk About a Stranger (1952) Mr. Wardlaw
4.
 Scaramouche (1952) Georges de Valmorin
6.
 The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) The cardinal
7.
 Bannerline (1951) Josh
8.
 Night into Morning (1951) Dr. Horace Snyder
9.
 Angels in the Outfield (1951) Arnold P. Hapgood
10.
 Grounds for Marriage (1951) Dr. Carleton Radwin Young
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Left college to serve in the Spanish-American War as an infantry instructor in the rank of lieutenant
:
Made stage debut with Canadian stock company
1900:
Broadway debut, "Side-Tracked"
1912:
Became Broadway matinee idol with "The Bird of Paradise"
1915:
Film debut, "The Man Who Found Out"
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Career interrupted by WWI service as a major in the cavalry
1924:
Worked for MGM shortly after its formation
1928:
Rejoined MGM where, with a few exceptions, he remained for the rest of his career
1929:
First sound film, "The Trial of Mary Dugan"
1937:
First film as Andy Hardy's father, "You're Only Young Once"
1953:
Died of heart attack while chasing vandals from his property; was to have appeared in "Sabrina" (1954)
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Notes

"If it were not so impractical to close the studio down, every one of the thousands on the lot would be here to pay their tribute of affection to Lewis Stone. It is difficult to say what is his greatest attribute--his character of Americanism or his artistry. But I do say he is a credit to his profession, and it is significant that such a man has become the symobl of fatherhood in America as Judge Hardy. It is fitting that he should be the one to do such a perfect interpretation--and that every boy in America should envy Mickey Rooney that he has such a father in his professional life."--Louis B. Mayer on presenting Stone with a pair of silver spurs in 1938 ("The MGM Stock Company")

In his last years, Stone worked only twelve weeks a year at MGM, but at Mayer's insistence, was paid for a full forty weeks. ("The MGM Stock Company")

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wife:
Mary Langham.
wife:
Florence Pryor.
wife:
Hazel Elizabeth Wolf. Was with Stone when he died at home of a heart attack.

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