Born: November 15, 1879 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Died: September 12, 1953 in Beverly Hills, CA, USA
|~Stars of the Photoplay, 1930~
Lewis Stone accepted his first theatrical engagements as a lark, substituting for a leading man in a
Canadian stock company. The leading man failed to return and he liked it well enough to stay on.
Later, he achieved some prominence on Broadway, whereupon, he was invited to make a motion
picture. He made it, and then another, and another. Born November 15, 1879, in Worcester, Mass.,
Mr. Stone is 5 feet, 10 3/4 inches tall, weighs 174, and has grey hair and hazel eyes. Divorced from
Florence Oakley, he has two daughters.
|~Stars of the Photoplay, 1924~
Lewis Stone has been soldier, cowpuncher, big game hunter, sailor and actor. He was born in
Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1879. When the Spanish-American War broke out, he was the one of
the first regiments to enter Cuba. Then he decided "to see the world," and joined the Navy. He tried
cowpunching and acting for a medicine show. Later he took up serious acting and, after a short
experience in stock companies, became a leading man. He naturally drifted into pictures. He is five
feet, ten three-quarters inches in height, and weighs 174 pounds. Grey hair and hazel eyes. Married.
|~The Los Angeles Times~
September 13, 1953
Lewis Stone was a Hollywood figure for more than 35 years, appearing in hundreds of screen and
stage roles. He was best known for his portrayal of Judge Hardy in the "Andy Hardy" film series,
which starred Mickey Rooney.
A trouper to the last, the actor was preparing to accept a role in “Sabrina,” starring Audrey Hepburn
and Humphrey Bogart, when he died in 1953.
One of the most beloved members of the Hollywood community, Stone was especially kind to film
beginners. His years of voice training and stage work before the days of talkies enabled him to give
sound advice to many an aspiring screen actor.
A native of Worcester, Mass., he decided to make the stage his career after completing his college
education. He had made considerable headway in the theater when the Spanish American War
He served as a commissioned officer in that war. At its close he returned to Broadway with a role in
"Sidetracked." His portrayal made him a star and a matinee idol within a matter of months.
Subsequent plays such as "The Girl of the Golden West" and "The Bird of Paradise," favorites of
their day, gave him the opportunity to build a lasting foundation as a craftsman.
One of the first actors from the legitimate stage to see the possibilities in movies, he made his first
screen appearance in 1915 in "Honor's Altar," directed by Thomas Ince.
Stone's popularity soared immediately in the new medium and he speedily won roles in other
pictures. Among early credits were "Scaramouche," "The Girl from Montmartre" and "The Private
Life of Helen of Troy."
It was after the advent of the talkies, however, that he reached his greatest popularity as a
household name. In the "Andy Hardy" series, Stone became almost better known as Judge Hardy
than as Lewis Stone.
He spent most of his years as a screen star with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, where his credits
included "Stars in My Crown" and "Angels in the Outfield."
A strict disciplinarian, he was moderate in all activities and believed in the value of physical exercise.
In his younger days he was an excellent rider and an able boxer and fencer. As a result of his fitness
and strength, he appeared taller than his 5 feet 10 inches.
Stone was married three times and had two daughters, Virginia and Barbara. His first wife, Margaret
Langham, died. In 1920 he married Florence Pryor, known on the stage as Florence Oakley, from
whom he was divorced in 1939. At the time of his death, he was married to Hazel Elizabeth Wolf.
— Los Angeles Times Sept. 13, 1953