Louis Hayward


Actor

About

Also Known As
Seafield Grant
Birth Place
South Africa
Born
March 19, 1909
Died
February 21, 1985
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Suavely handsome, often tongue-in-cheek leading man of the 1930s and 40s who began his career with a provincial theater company in England. Hayward came to Hollywood in the mid-30s and quickly established a second-rank level of stardom which lasted until the mid-50s. He more than held his own in a wide variety of films; his light touch with cynical, witty banter suited him well in drawin...

Photos & Videos

Walk a Crooked Mile - Movie Posters
Walk a Crooked Mile - Lobby Card Set
Dance, Girl, Dance - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Ida Lupino
Wife
Actor. Married 1939, divorced 1945.

Notes

He has received the Bronze Star for heroic feats as a Marine during World War II.

Biography

Suavely handsome, often tongue-in-cheek leading man of the 1930s and 40s who began his career with a provincial theater company in England. Hayward came to Hollywood in the mid-30s and quickly established a second-rank level of stardom which lasted until the mid-50s. He more than held his own in a wide variety of films; his light touch with cynical, witty banter suited him well in drawing room comedies and romantic dramas ("The Flame Within" 1935, "The Rage of Paris" 1938, "Dance Girl Dance" 1940), but he regularly appeared in detective films and adventures as well. Often cast as somewhat roguish playboys, Hayward played the leading role in Rene Clair's sterling adaptation of Agatha Christie's mystery "And Then There Were None" (1945) and was fine in dual roles James Whale's stylish version of "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1939).

The latter film prefigured the later contours of Hayward's film career, as his athletic, romantic dash led him to be cast in many medium-budgeted swashbucklers, four of which (including "Fortunes of Captain Blood" 1950 and "The Lady in the Iron Mask" 1952, recalling his earlier triumph) teamed him with Patricia Medina. Hayward was married for a time to Ida Lupino, with whom he co-starred in the Gothic melodrama "Ladies in Retirement" (1941).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

With the Marines at Tarawa (1944)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Terror In The Wax Museum (1974)
Fowley
The Phynx (1970)
Chuka (1967)
Major Benson
The Christmas Kid (1967)
Mike Culligan
The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)
Morey Bernstein
The Saint's Girl Friday (1954)
Simon Templar, also known as The Saint
Duffy of San Quentin (1954)
Edward ["Romeo"] Harper
The Royal African Rifles (1953)
[Lt. James] Denham [also known as Shelton]
Lady in the Iron Mask (1952)
D'Artagnan
Captain Pirate (1952)
Dr. Peter Blood
The Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951)
Edward Utterson, also known as Edward Jekyll
The Lady and the Bandit (1951)
Dick Turpin, also known as Richard Palmer
House by the River (1950)
Stephen Byrne
Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)
Captain Peter Blood
The Pirates of Capri (1949)
Ruthless (1948)
Vic Lambdin
The Black Arrow (1948)
Sir Richard Shelton
Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)
Philip Grayson
Repeat Performance (1947)
Barney Page
Young Widow (1946)
Jim Cameron
The Return of Monte Cristo (1946)
Edmond Dantes
The Strange Woman (1946)
Ephraim Poster
And Then There Were None (1945)
Philip Lombard, alias of Charles Morley
Ladies in Retirement (1941)
Albert Feather
The Son of Monte Cristo (1941)
Count of Monte Cristo
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Jimmy Harris
My Son, My Son! (1940)
Oliver Essex
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
Louis XIV/Phillipe
Condemned Women (1938)
Dr. Phillip Duncan
Midnight Intruder (1938)
Barry Gilbert
The Duke of West Point (1938)
Steven Early
The Saint in New York (1938)
Simon Templar, also known as The Saint
The Rage of Paris (1938)
Bill [Jerome] Duncan
The Woman I Love (1937)
[Lieutenant] Jean [Herbillion]
Anthony Adverse (1936)
Denis Moore
Absolute Quiet (1936)
Gregory Bengard
Trouble for Two (1936)
Young man with cream tarts [assumed identity of Cecil Barnley]
The Luckiest Girl in the World (1936)
Anthony McClellan
A Feather in Her Hat (1935)
Richard Orland
The Flame Within (1935)
Jack Kerry
The Love Test (1935)
John
Sorrell and Son (1934)
Duncan
Chelsea Life (1933)
David Fenner
Self-Made Lady (1932)
Paul Geneste

Producer (Feature Film)

The Royal African Rifles (1953)
Executive Producer

Cast (Special)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1961)
Basil Hallward
The Chimney Sweep (1958)
James Mcdonald/The Highwayman
The Lone Wolf (1954)
Michael Lanyard

Cast (Short)

Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

The Making of a Great Motion Picture (1936)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1935

Appeared on Broadway and began his film career in Hollywood

Photo Collections

Walk a Crooked Mile - Movie Posters
Walk a Crooked Mile - Movie Posters
Walk a Crooked Mile - Lobby Card Set
Walk a Crooked Mile - Lobby Card Set
Dance, Girl, Dance - Movie Poster
Dance, Girl, Dance - Movie Poster
Ladies in Retirement - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Columbia Pictures' Ladies in Retirement (1941), starring Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, and Evelyn Keyes. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Repeat Performance (1947) — (Movie Clip) At The City Morgue Baffled because she’s jumped from New Year’s Eve 1946 when she shot and killed her husband, back in time to the previous year, Joan Leslie as actress Sheila is greatly relieved to find him (Louis Hayward in his first scene as playwright Barney) alive, affectionate and sober, in director Alfred Werker’s Noir Repeat Performance, 1947.
And Then There Were None (1945) - The Place For Nursery Rhymes Director Rene Clair is still cycling through Agatha Christie's ten island guests, Walter Huston and Barry Fitzgerald, Mischa Auer on the piano, Richard Haydn playing the record, when the gimmick is revealed, to C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, June Duprez, Louis Hayward, Roland Young and Queenie Leonard, early in And Then There Were None, 1945.
And Then There Were None (1945) - What A Quiet Place Director Rene Clair wastes not a word introducing Agatha Christie's characters, Louis Hayward, June Duprez, Walter Huston, Barry Fitzgerald, C. Aubrey Smith, Roland Young, Judith Anderson, Mischa Auer and Harry Thurston joining Queenie Leonard and Richard Haydn on the island, opening And Then There Were None, 1945.
Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939) - Very Stubborn Fellow King Louis (Louis Hayward) demonstrates experience and savvy as he oversees the torture of a citizen (D'Arcy Corrigan) in an intense sequence from James Whale's The Man in the Iron Mask, 1939.
Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939) - Royal Blood Colbert (Walter Kingsford) trumps King Louis (Louis Hayward) as he plans to hang Phillipe (also Hayward), producing a convincing witness, Queen Anne (Doris Kenyon) in James Whale's The Man in the Iron Mask, 1939.
And Then There Were None (1945) - She Doesn't Look Good One of their number dead already, Barry Fitzgerald, Judith Anderson, June Duprez, C. Aubrey Smith, Louis Hayward, Roland Young and Walter Huston learn from Richard Haydn that their absent host isn't kidding, in Rene Clair's And Then There Were None, 1945.
Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939) - My Kingdom for Yours Philippe (Louis Hayward), flanked by D'Artagnan (Warren William) and the musketeers (Alan Hale, Bert Roach, Miles Mander), confronts his brother King Louis (also Hayward) in James Whale's The Man in the Iron Mask, 1939.
Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939) - Dearly Beloved... Cardinal Richelieu (Nigel de Brulier) is about to marry Phillipe (Louis Hayward) and Maria Theresa (Joan Bennett) when Fouquet (Joseph Schildkraut) shows up with an objection in James Whale's The Man in the Iron Mask, 1939.
Saint In New York, The - Cherish This Moment Simon Templar (Louis Hayward, the title character) enters the gambling den and intimidates Papinoff (Ben Welden) and henchmen (Jack Carson, Paul Guilfoyle) in the first in the series, The Saint In New York, 1938.
Ladies In Retirement - Very Prettily Done Albert (Louis Hayward), having gained entry into the home of retired actress Miss Fiske (Isobel Elsom) by claiming to be the distressed nephew of her absent housekeeper, flirts with fetching maid Lucy (Evelyn Keyes) and receives his reward, in Ladies In Retirement, 1941.
Anthony Adverse (1936) - Your Husband Is Complete Again! Foppish nobleman Don Luis (Claude Rains) showing young wife Maria (Anita Louise) how he's ready to consummate, she attempts to run off, her boyfriend Denis (Louis Hayward) not helping, in Warner Bros' Anthony Adverse, 1936.
Saint In New York, The - We All Die Sometime There's a nun on the scene as a thug (Lester Dorr) gets offed, Inspector Fernack (Jonathan Hale) baffled, then Templar (Louis Hayward) consults with employer Valcross (Frederick Burton), in The Saint In New York, 1938.

Trailer

Companions

Ida Lupino
Wife
Actor. Married 1939, divorced 1945.

Bibliography

Notes

He has received the Bronze Star for heroic feats as a Marine during World War II.