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Lew Ayres is a Actor and Director American born on 28 december 1908 at Minneapolis (USA)

Lew Ayres

Lew Ayres
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Birth name Lewis Frederick Ayres III
Nationality USA
Birth 28 december 1908 at Minneapolis (USA)
Death 30 december 1996 (at 88 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Lew Ayres (born Lewis Frederick Ayres III; December 28, 1908 – December 30, 1996) was an American actor, best known for starring as German soldier Paul Bäumer in the film classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and for playing Dr. Kildare in nine movies.


Ayres was married three times. He was married to actress Lola Lane from 1931 to 1933, and to actress Ginger Rogers, whom he met while starring in the film Don't Bet on Love, from 1934 to 1940. He was separated from both women considerably earlier than their legal divorces. His third marriage, to Diana Hall, lasted from 1964 until his death in 1996. They had one son, Justin, born in 1968. He had a brief affair with actress Jane Wyman, who supposedly ended her marriage to Ronald Reagan to pursue a relationship with Ayres in 1948.

Best films

Johnny Belinda (1948)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
State Fair (1933)

Usually with

Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(19 films)
Laraine Day
Laraine Day
(11 films)
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Lew Ayres (72 films)

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Don Camillo, 2h6
Directed by Terence Hill
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Terence Hill, Colin Blakely, Mimsy Farmer, Lew Ayres, Sam Whipple, Allan Arbus
Roles Doc
Rating56% 2.8020152.8020152.8020152.8020152.802015
In a small village in Emilia Romagna, the parish priest Don Camillo repeatedly collides with the communist mayor Peppone. The two do not share anything in common and the slights are continuous, up to even in some cases to beat. Don Camillo coaches the football team of young boys of the village, and the day of the final match is near. Peppone however, to make a joke in bad taste to the enemy, corrupts the referee. Don Camillo realizes it and fights again with him; so Don Camillo is exiled. But the citizens of the village do not agree, and so Peppone is forced to make up for not winning the confidence in the government.
Reunion (1980)
, 1h40
Directed by Russ Mayberry
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Kevin Dobson, Joanna Cassidy, Linda Hamilton, George DiCenzo, Conchata Ferrell, Rick Lenz
Roles Bob Hollander
Rating64% 3.217643.217643.217643.217643.21764
Don Hollander (Kevin Dobson) is a Los Angeles married father of two teens, entrenched in a midlife crisis. Once happily married and in top condition, working as a space engineer, Don is now unemployed and constantly fights with his wife Evelyn (Melendy Britt) over how to discipline their rebellious children - Evelyn feeling they should accept that they are sexually active and using drugs, whereas Don has more conservative thoughts. When he receives a letter informing him about the twentieth reunion of his high school 3000 miles away from Los Angeles, Don is encouraged by Evelyn to attend it, feeling that they could use a break from each other. Going through the year book, he immediately contacts his high school sweetheart Peggy Sager (Joanna Cassidy), who is now a divorced mother and excited to catch up with Don. Though thrilled to see her, Peggy's aging looks remind Don of his own decline and he becomes more attracted to her 17-year-old daughter Anne (Linda Hamilton), a high school cheerleader who is in a relationship with the basketball team's star player Steve Cowan (Nick Cassavetes).
Salem's Lot (1979 miniseries), 3h4
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Vampires in film
Actors David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Julie Cobb
Roles Jason Burke
Rating69% 3.484343.484343.484343.484343.48434
The prologue shows a church in Guatemala in which a man and a boy, Ben Mears and Mark Petrie, are filling small bottles with holy water. When one of the bottles begins to emit an eerie supernatural glow, Mears tells Petrie "They've found us again." Knowing an evil presence is there, they decide to fight it.
Damien: Omen II, 1h47
Directed by Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Nicholas Pryor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney
Roles Bill Atherton
Rating62% 3.102073.102073.102073.102073.10207
A week after the burial of Robert and Katherine Thorn, archeologist Carl Bugenhagen (Leo McKern) learns of the survival of their adopted son Damien. Confiding to his friend Michael Morgan (Ian Hendry) that Damien is the Antichrist, Bugenhagen attempts to convince him to give Damien's guardian a box containing the means to kill Damien. As Morgan is unconvinced, Bugenhagen takes him to some local ruins to see the mural of Yigael's Wall, which was said to have been drawn by one who saw the Devil and had visions of the Antichrist as he would appear from birth to death. Though Morgan believes him upon seeing an ancient depiction of the Antichrist with Damien's face, both he and Bugenhagen are buried alive as the tunnel collapses on them.
End of the World, 1h29
Directed by John Hayes
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes La fin du monde, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Christopher Lee, Sue Lyon, Dean Jagger, Lew Ayres, Macdonald Carey, John Hayes
Roles Com. Joseph Beckerman
Rating31% 1.5720451.5720451.5720451.5720451.572045
Prof. Andrew Boran (Kirk Scott) is a research scientist who discovers strange radio signals in space that appear to originate from the Earth. The signals seem to predict natural disasters occurring around the globe.
The Questor Tapes, 1h32
Directed by Richard Colla
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction
Themes Robot films
Actors Robert Foxworth, Mike Farrell, John Vernon, Lew Ayres, James Shigeta, Robert Douglas
Roles Vaslovik
Rating67% 3.387043.387043.387043.387043.38704
Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Emil Vaslovik, a Nobel laureate. Vaslovik had developed plans to build a super-human android. A team of the world's foremost experts is able to build the android, even though they do not understand the components with which they are working — they are only able to follow the instructions, and install the parts, left by Vaslovik, who has disappeared. Attempts to decode the programming tape were worse than merely unsuccessful—they also erased approximately half of the tape's contents. They decide to substitute their own programming, over the objections of Jerome "Jerry" Robinson (Mike Farrell), the only team member who had actually worked with Dr. Vaslovik. He is overruled by the head of the project, Geoffrey Darrow (John Vernon). When the android's body has been finished, the new tape is loaded, but with no apparent results. In desperation, Robinson persuades Darrow to allow Vaslovik's tape — what remains of it — to be loaded. Again, the team is disappointed, as there appears to be no response.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes, 1h33
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
Themes Films about animals, Films about computing, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Films about apes, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, Paul Williams
Roles Mandemus
Rating54% 2.704132.704132.704132.704132.70413
Told as a flashback to the early 21st century with a wraparound sequence narrated by the orangutan Lawgiver (John Huston) in "North America - 2670 A.D.", this sequel follows the ape leader, Caesar (Roddy McDowall), years after a global nuclear war has destroyed civilization. In this post-nuclear society, Caesar tries to cultivate peace between the apes and the surviving humans. A gorilla general named Aldo (Claude Akins), however, opposes this and plots Caesar's downfall. Caesar is married to Lisa (Natalie Trundy), the female ape of the previous film, and they have a son, named Cornelius (Bobby Porter) in honor of Caesar's father.
The Biscuit Eater, 1h30
Directed by Vincent McEveety, Stuart Heisler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Children's films
Actors Earl Holliman, Johnny Whitaker, Pat Crowley, Lew Ayres, Beah Richards, Clifton James
Roles Mr. Ames
Rating57% 2.859092.859092.859092.859092.85909
The story revolves around a German wirehair pointer named Moreover who has a strong relationship with a red-headed boy named Lonnie (Johnny Whitaker) despite his mishaps. Moreover is dealt to Willie Dorsey (Godfrey Cambridge), a gas station clerk, but Lonnie and his best friend Text regain possession of the dog. They train Moreover to be a prize-winning bird pointer, entering him in a field trial.
The Man
The Man (1972)
, 1h33
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Political films
Actors James Earl Jones, Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith, Lew Ayres, William Windom, Barbara Rush
Roles Noah Calvin
Rating68% 3.4382953.4382953.4382953.4382953.438295
President Fenton and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives are killed while at a summit in Frankfurt, West Germany when the palace hosting the legation suffers a collapse. Vice President [technically President since the instant of Fenton's death] Noah Calvin, elderly and in very ill health, refuses to assume the office, pointing out that they'll need another replacement almost immediately.
The Carpetbaggers, 2h30
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Carroll Baker, Vaughn Taylor, Robert Cummings, Martha Hyer
Roles 'Mac' McAllister
Rating64% 3.244893.244893.244893.244893.24489
Jonas Cord becomes one of America's richest men, inheriting an explosives company from his late father. Cord resents his father bitterly and is psychologically scarred by the death of a twin brother. Believing his family has insanity in its blood, he does not want children of his own.
Hollywood Without Make-Up
Directed by Ken Murray
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities
Actors Kirk Douglas, Ken Murray, Cary Grant, June Allyson, George K. Arthur, Eddie Albert
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating71% 3.576773.576773.576773.576773.57677
The film consists of archive footage of famous Hollywood stars, mostly home movies showing the stars as themselves instead of playing a role in front of the camera.
Advise & Consent, 2h19
Directed by Otto Preminger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Politic
Themes Politique, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney
Roles The Vice President
Rating76% 3.845323.845323.845323.845323.84532
The President of the United States (Franchot Tone) nominates Robert A. Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) as Secretary of State. The second-term President, who unbeknownst to the public is ill, has chosen Leffingwell because he does not believe that Vice President Harley Hudson (Lew Ayres)—someone he and others generally tolerate or ignore—could successfully continue the administration's foreign policy should he die.
Donovan's Brain, 1h23
Directed by Felix E. Feist
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films based on science fiction novels
Actors Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Steve Brodie, Tom Powers, James Anderson, Victor Sutherland
Roles Dr. Patrick J. Cory
Rating59% 2.953272.953272.953272.953272.95327
Dr. Patrick Cory and his wife Janice live in a mountain retreat where Cory attempts to keep a monkey's brain alive after having been removed from the monkey's skull.
No Escape
No Escape (1953)
, 1h15
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime, Romance
Actors Lew Ayres, Sonny Tufts, Lewis Martin, Marjorie Steele, Gertrude Michael, James Griffith
Roles John Howard Tracy
Rating55% 2.7526452.7526452.7526452.7526452.752645
A couple suspected of murder follow a trail of clues which lead them to the real culprit.