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Lewis Stone

By the time that he was 20, Lewis Stone had turned prematurely grey. He enlisted to fight in the Spanish American War and when he returned, he returned to be a writer. This turned to acting and he began to appear in films during the middle teens. His career was again interrupted by war as he served in the cavalry during World War I. After the war, he returned to films and quickly graduated to lead roles. With his distinguished look and grey hair, he was able to play the roles of well mannered romantic men. In 1921, Lewis starred in Don't Neglect Your Wife (1921). In the next year, he starred with Alice Terry, who played the heroine, and Ramon Novarro in The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) and Scaramouche (1923). In 1924, Metro merged into the new MGM where Lewis remained for the rest of his career. He was busy over the next few years and garnered an Academy Award nomination for The Patriot (1928). In 1928, he appeared in the first of a series of pictures with Greta Garbo. In A Woman of Affairs (1928) he played the older doctor, a friend of the family. But two years later in Romance (1930), he played her lover. Lewis made the transition from silent to sound with The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929), which starred Norma Shearer. Sound did not cause Lewis any problems and he continued to be busy with his roles as the distinguished lead. The Big House (1930) was highly successful for MGM and he appeared in other popular movies such as The Phantom of Paris (1931) with John Gilbert and Red-Headed Woman (1932) with Jean Harlow. He appeared with Garbo in Inspiration (1931), Mata Hari (1931), Grand Hotel (1932) and Queen Christina (1933). In the late 30s he took on a role for which he was long remembered - the role of Judge James Hardy who had a son named Andy. Judge Hardy was the father audiences wanted in the late 30s early 40s. He was kind, intellectual, fair and as patient as he had to be with Andy, played by Mickey Rooney. This series occupied most of his screen time until it ended and he did slow down during the late 40s. In the 50s he continued to appear in a number of pictures including remakes of the two he had made 30 years before with Alice Terry. He suffered a heart attack and died in 1953 after appearing in over 200 films.

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Nov 15, 1879 In Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The River's End 1920-02-22
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Poster of Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
Poster of Judge Hardy and Son
Poster of Out West with the Hardys
Poster of Madame X
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy 1964-09-02
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie All the Brothers Were Valiant le capitaine Holt 1953-11-13
Movie Just This Once Judge Samuel Coulter 1952-02-27
Movie Talk About a Stranger William J. Wardlaw 1952-04-18
Movie Scaramouche Georges de Valmorin 1952-05-08
Movie Grounds for Marriage Dr. Carleton Radwin Young 1951-01-12
Movie Night Into Morning Dr. Horace Snyder 1951-06-08
Movie Angels in the Outfield Commissioner Arnold P. Hapgood 1951-10-19
Movie It's a Big Country Church sexton 1951-11-20
Movie Bannerline Josh 1951-10-12
Movie Key to the City Judge Silas Standish 1950-02-02
Movie Stars in My Crown Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr. 1950-05-11
Movie The Sun Comes Up Arthur Norton 1949-05-12
Movie Any Number Can Play Ben Gavery Snelerr 1949-07-15
Movie State of the Union Sam Thorndyke 1948-04-30
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Father Nolan 1946-04-04
Movie Three Wise Fools Judge James Trumbell 1946-09-26
Movie Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Judge Hardy 1944-05-04
Movie Plan for Destruction Commentator 1943-04-22
Movie The Bugle Sounds Col. Jack Lawton 1942-01-30
Movie The Courtship of Andy Hardy Judge Hardy 1942-03-03
Movie Andy Hardy's Private Secretary Judge Hardy 1941-02-21
Movie Holiday Greetings 1941 Himself 1941-12-25
Movie Life Begins for Andy Hardy Judge Hardy 1941-08-15
Movie Andy Hardy's Dilemma: A Lesson in Mathematics... and Other Things Judge Hardy 1940-01-01
Movie Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Big Parade Hits for 1940 Himself / Narrator 1940-01-01
Movie Sporting Blood Davis Lockwood 1940-07-11
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Himself 1940-05-29
Movie The Ice Follies of 1939 Douglas Tolliver Jr. 1939-03-10
Movie Loews Christmas Greeting (The Hardy Family) Judge James K. Hardy 1939-01-09
Movie The Hardys Ride High Judge Hardy 1939-04-21
Movie From the Ends of the Earth 1939-05-28
Movie Judge Hardy and Son Judge Hardy 1939-12-22
Movie Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President The President 1939-12-01
Movie Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever Judge Hardy 1939-07-21
Movie Stolen Heaven Joseph Langauer 1938-05-11
Movie Yellow Jack Maj. Walter Reed 1938-05-19
Movie Judge Hardy's Children Judge Hardy 1938-03-26
Movie Love Finds Andy Hardy Judge Hardy 1938-07-22
Movie Out West with the Hardys Judge Hardy 1938-11-25
Movie The Thirteenth Chair Inspector Marney 1937-05-07
Movie The Man Who Cried Wolf Lawrence Fontaine 1937-08-29
Movie The Bad Man of Brimstone Jackson Douglas 1937-12-31
Movie You're Only Young Once Judge Hardy 1937-12-10
Movie The Unguarded Hour General Lawrence 1936-04-10
Movie Three Godfathers 'Doc' 1936-03-06
Movie Small Town Girl Dr. Dakin 1936-04-10
Movie Sworn Enemy Doctor Simon 'Doc' Gattle 1936-09-11
Movie Suzy Baron 1936-07-20
Movie Don't Turn 'em Loose John Webster 1936-09-18
Movie Public Hero Number 1 Prison Warden 1935-05-31
Movie David Copperfield Mr. Wickfield 1935-01-18
Movie Vanessa: Her Love Story Adam Paris 1935-03-01
Movie West Point of the Air Gen. Carter 1935-03-23
Movie Woman Wanted District Attorney 1935-08-02
Movie Shipmates Forever Richard Melville 1935-10-12
Movie China Seas Tom Davids 1935-08-09
Movie Queen Christina Oxenstierna 1934-02-09
Movie You Can't Buy Everything John Burton 1934-01-26
Movie The Mystery of Mr. X Connor 1934-02-23
Movie The Girl from Missouri Frank Cousins 1934-08-03
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 1934-03-02
Movie Treasure Island Captain Smollett 1934-08-17
Movie The White Sister Prince Guido Chiaromonte 1933-03-17
Movie Men Must Fight Edward Seward 1933-02-17
Movie Looking Forward Gabriel Service Sr. 1933-04-28
Movie Bureau of Missing Persons Police Captain Webb 1933-09-16
Movie Grand Hotel Doctor Otternschlag 1932-05-25
Movie The Wet Parade Roger Chilcote 1932-03-26
Movie Night Court Judge William Osgood 1932-06-04
Movie Letty Lynton District Attorney Haney 1932-05-13
Movie New Morals for Old Mr. Thomas 1932-06-04
Movie Red-Headed Woman William 'Will' Legendre Sr. 1932-06-25
Movie Divorce In The Family John Parker 1932-08-27
Movie The Son-Daughter Dr. Dong Tong 1932-12-23
Movie Unashamed Henry Trask 1932-07-02
Movie My Past John Thornley 1931-05-03
Movie The Secret Six Richard 'Newt' Newton - Attorney at Law 1931-04-18
Movie Always Goodbye John Graham 1931-05-31
Movie Inspiration Raymond Delval 1931-01-31
Movie Father's Son William Emory 1931-03-07
Movie The Phantom of Paris Inspector Costaud 1931-09-12
Movie Strictly Dishonorable Judge Dempsey 1931-12-26
Movie Mata Hari Andriani 1931-12-26
Movie The Sin of Madelon Claudet Carlo Boretti 1931-10-23
Movie The Big House Warden James Adams 1930-06-14
Movie The Office Wife Larry Fellowes 1930-08-23
Movie Strictly Unconventional Clive Champion-Cheney 1930-05-03
Movie Romance Cornelius 'Conny' Van Tuyl 1930-08-26
Movie Passion Flower Antonio Morado 1930-12-06
Movie Wonder of Women Stephen Trombolt 1929-07-13
Movie Wild Orchids John Sterling 1929-02-23
Movie The Trial Of Mary Dugan Edward West 1929-06-08
Movie Madame X Louis Floriot 1929-08-17
Movie Their Own Desire Henry 'Hal' Marlett 1929-12-27
Movie The Patriot Count Pahlen 1928-09-01
Movie A Woman of Affairs Dr. Hugh Trevelyan 1928-12-15
Movie The Notorious Lady Patrick Marlowe / John Carew 1927-03-26
Movie Lonesome Ladies John Fosdick 1927-07-03
Movie The Private Life of Helen of Troy Menelaus 1927-12-09
Movie The Prince of Headwaiters Pierre 1927-07-09
Movie Midnight Lovers Maj. William Ridgewell, RFC 1926-10-25
Movie Confessions of a Queen The King 1925-03-30
Movie The Lost World Sir John Roxton 1925-06-22
Movie Why Men Leave Home John Emerson 1924-03-03
Movie The Stranger Keith Darrant 1924-02-04
Movie Cytherea Lee Randon 1924-05-04
Movie The World's Applause John Elliott 1923-01-29
Movie Scaramouche The Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr 1923-09-15
Movie The Prisoner of Zenda Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf 1922-09-11
Movie Don't Neglect Your Wife Langdon Masters 1921-07-31
Movie Beau Revel Lawrence 'Beau' Revel (as Lewis S. Stone) 1921-03-19
Movie The River's End Derwent Conniston/John Keith 1920-02-22
Movie Nomads of the North Cpl. O'Connor 1920-09-25
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