Franchot Tone

Born Feb 27, 1905

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
1941 36 Years Old In 1941, Tone married fashion model-turned-actress Jean Wallace, with whom he had two sons and who appeared with Tone in both Jigsaw and The Man on the Eiffel Tower. They were divorced in 1948.


1951 46 Years Old In 1951, Tone's relationship with actress Barbara Payton made headlines when he suffered numerous facial injuries and became unconscious for 18 hours following a fistfight with actor Tom Neal, a rival for Payton's attention. … Read More
1952 47 Years Old Tone subsequently married Payton, divorcing her in 1952, after obtaining photographic evidence she had continued her relationship with Neal.


1956 51 Years Old In 1956, Tone married Dolores Dorn with whom he appeared in Uncle Vanya. They were divorced in 1959.
1962 57 Years Old On film, he received acclaim as the charismatic, dying president in Otto Preminger's 1962 film version of Advise & Consent. … Read More


1968 64 Years Old Tone, a chain smoker, died of lung cancer in New York City on September 18, 1968. … Read More
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