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Also Known As: Died: December 30, 1996
Born: December 28, 1908 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1929:
Made film acting debut in "The Kiss", starring Greta Garbo
1930:
Landmark film and performance for Ayres, "All Quiet on the Western Front"; film also began his association with Universal Pictures
1934:
Last films under Universal contract, "Cross Country Cruise" and "Let's Be Ritzy"
1936:
Directed a feature film, "Hearts in Bondage", for Republic Studios
1938:
First played Dr. Kildare in "Young Dr. Kildare"
1941:
Last Dr. Kildare film, "Dr. Kildare's Victory"
1942:
Last film for four years, "Fingers at the Window"
1942:
Was interred in a labor camp for conscientious objectors after offering to do "non-combatant service" in the army during WWII
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Later served with distinction in the military medical services, sometimes under dangerous conditions; was awarded several medals
1946:
Returned to film acting after the war in "The Dark Mirror"
1953:
Last films for nearly a decade, "No Escape" and "Donovan's Brain"
1958:
Hosted the TV series "Frontier Justice"
1962:
Returned to features to act supporting roles in several films, beginning with "Advise and Consent"
1968:
TV-movie debut in the pilot for "Hawaii Five-O"
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
1976:
Directed the religious documentary, "Altars of the World"
1978:
Made final feature appearances in "Battlestar Galactica" and "Damien--Omen II"
1985:
TV series debut as regular on the short-lived ABC adventure series "Lime Street"
1994:
Last TV-movie, "Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart"

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