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Lew Ayres

Born Dec 28, 1908

Lew Ayres was an American actor, best known for starring as Paul in All Quiet on the Western Front and for playing Dr. Kildare in several movies.

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1908 Birth Born on December 28, 1908.


1927 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Ayres was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and reared in San Diego, California. Ayres began acting in bit player roles in films in 1927. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old Ayres played opposite Greta Garbo in 1929's The Kiss, but it was his leading role in 1930's All Quiet on the Western Front which made him a star. … Read More
1931 22 Years Old Ayres was married three times. He was married to actress Lola Lane from 1931 until 1933 and to actress Ginger Rogers from 1934 until 1940.
1938 29 Years Old He played the title role in Young Dr. Kildare in 1938 and became a matinee idol, starring in several Kildare films.


1939 30 Years Old During this time, Ayres also co-starred with Joan Crawford and James Stewart in The Ice Follies of 1939. … Read More
1948 39 Years Old Ayres made few films after the war, but in 1948 his role in Johnny Belinda earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. … Read More


1958 49 Years Old In the summer of 1958, Ayres hosted eleven original episodes of a CBS Western anthology television series called Frontier Justice, a production of Dick Powell's Four Star Television. … Read More


1961 52 Years Old But his prescient request that the show have no cigarette advertising led to the offer being withdrawn, and the part went, in 1961, to Richard Chamberlain. … Read More
1964 55 Years Old His third marriage, to Diana Hall, lasted from 1964 until his death at the age of 88. … Read More


1973 64 Years Old He played the role of Mandemus in the 1973 "Battle for the Planet of the Apes".
1976 67 Years Old His 1976 documentary film Altars of the World brought his Eastern philosophical beliefs to the screen and earned him critical acclaim.
1977 68 Years Old Ayres' science-fiction roles included appearances in the second season of The Bionic Woman as a pacifist scientist, Dr. Elijah Cooper, in the 1977 two-part episode "Doomsday Is Tomorrow," and as Adar, the pacifist President of the Council of the Twelve, in the original Battlestar Galactica film in 1978. … Read More
1996 88 Years Old Ayres died December 30, 1996 of complications from a coma. … Read More
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