Franchot Tone

Born Feb 27, 1905
Hometown Niagara Falls, Ne...
Died Sep 18, 1968
Death Place State of New York...
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Nationality American
Alma Mater Universitas Corne...

Franchot Tone was an American stage, film, and television actor, star of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and many other films through the 1960s. In the early 1960s Tone appeared in character roles on TV dramas like Bonanza, Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.… Read More

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1905 Birth Born on February 27, 1905.


1929 24 Years Old After graduating, he moved to Greenwich Village, New York, and got his first major Broadway role in the 1929 Katharine Cornell production of The Age of Innocence. … Read More
1931 26 Years Old These were intense and productive years for him: among the productions of the Group he acted in were 1931 (1931) and Success Story (1932). … Read More
1932 27 Years Old Tone's screen debut was in the 1932 movie The Wiser Sex.
1933 28 Years Old He achieved fame in 1933, when he made seven movies that year, including Today We Live, written by William Faulkner, Bombshell, with Jean Harlow (with whom he co-starred in three other movies), and the smash hit Dancing Lady, again with then-wife Joan Crawford and Clark Gable.


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In 1935, he starred in Mutiny on the Bounty (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer and Dangerous opposite Bette Davis. … Read More


1949 44 Years Old In 1949 he produced and starred in The Man on the Eiffel Tower, a troubled production whose reputation has benefited from restorations in the 2000s that have coincided with theatrical showings and vastly improved DVD releases. … Read More
1951 46 Years Old In 1951, Tone's relationship with actress Barbara Payton made headlines when he suffered numerous facial injuries and fell into a coma for 18 hours following a fistfight with actor Tom Neal, a rival for Payton's attention.
1952 47 Years Old Plastic surgery nearly restored his broken nose and cheek, and Tone subsequently married Payton, divorcing her in 1952 after obtaining incriminating photographs proving she had continued her relationship with Neal. … Read More


1957 52 Years Old He also returned to Broadway, notably appearing in A Moon for the Misbegotten with Wendy Hiller in 1957. … Read More
1962 57 Years Old On film, he received acclaim as the charismatic, dying president in Otto Preminger's 1962 film version of Advise & Consent.


1965 60 Years Old His final movie appearances were cameos in Preminger's 1965 film In Harm's Way (in which he portrayed Admiral Husband E. Kimmel) and Nobody Runs Forever (1968).
1968 64 Years Old Tone died of lung cancer in New York City in 1968. … Read More
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