Lew Ayres Biography

Birthday: 1908-12-28
Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Born in Minneapolis he was raised in San Diego, California. A college dropout, he was found by a talent scout in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles and entered Hollywood as a bit player. He was leading man to Greta Garbo in The Kiss (1929), but it was the role of Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) that was his big break. He was profoundly affected by the anti-war message of that film, and when, in 1942, the popular star of Young Dr. Kildare (1938) and subsequent Dr. Kildare films was drafted, he was a conscientous objector. America was outraged, and theaters vowed never to show his films again, but quietly he achieved the Medical Corps status he had requested, serving as a medic under fire in the South Pacific and as a chaplain's aid in New Guinea and the Phillipines. His return to film after the war was undistinguished until Johnny Belinda (1948) - his role as the sympathetic physician treating the deaf-mute Jane Wyman won him an Academy Award nomination as best actor. Subsequent movie roles were scarce; an opportunity to play Dr. Kildare in television was aborted when the network refused to honor his request for no cigarette sponsorship. He continued to act, but in the 1970's put his long experience into a project to bring to the west the philosophy of the East - the resulting film, Altars of the World (1976), while not a box-office success, won critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Pursuit John Conrad 1958 - 1959
Lime Street Henry Wade Culver 1985 - 1985
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Common Clay 1930 Drama
Night World 1932 Drama
Servants' Entrance Eric Landstrom 1934
Young Dr. Kildare Dr. James Kildare 1938 Drama
These Glamour Girls 1939
The Ice Follies of 1939 Musical, Drama
The Dark Mirror 1946 Thriller
The Unfaithful 1947 Drama
Johnny Belinda Dr. Robert Richardson 1948
The Capture 1950 Drama
Donovan's Brain Dr. Patrick J. Cory 1953
The Carpetbaggers 1964
The Biscuit Eater Mr. Ames 1972 Drama, Family
Battle for the Planet of the Apes Mandemus 1973 0, Sport
The Questor Tapes Vaslovik 1974 Sci Fi
Damien: Omen II 1978 Drama, Horror, Thriller
All Quiet on the Western Front 1979 Romance, 0
Salem's Lot Jason Burke 1979
'Salem's Lot Jason Burke 2004