Born: November 15, 1879 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Died: September 12, 1953 in Beverly Hills, CA, USA
|~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
Wild Orchids (1929) ... John Sterling ... Movie Still Code: 353-X
Freedom of the Press (1928) .... Daniel Steele
The Patriot (1928) .... Count Pahlen
The Foreign Legion (1928) .... Col. Destinn
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) .... Menelaus
... aka Helen of Troy (USA)
The Prince of Headwaiters (1927) .... Pierre
Lonesome Ladies (1927) .... John Fosdick
The Notorious Lady (1927) .... Patrick Marlowe/John Carew
An Affair of the Follies (1927) .... Hammersley ... Movie Still Code: 71-X
The Blonde Saint (1926) .... Sebastian Maure
Midnight Lovers (1926) .... Maj. William Ridgewell, RFC
Don Juan's Three Nights (1926) .... Johann Aradi
Old Loves and New (1926) .... Gervas Carew
The Girl from Montmartre (1926) .... Jerome Hautrive
Too Much Money (1926) .... Robert Broadley
What Fools Men (1925) .... Joseph Greer
Fine Clothes (1925) .... Earl of Denham
The Lady Who Lied (1925) .... Horace Pierpont
The Talker (1925) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Harry Lennox
Confessions of a Queen (1925) .... The King
The Lost World (1925) .... Sir John Roxton
Cheaper to Marry (1925) .... Jim Knight
Inez from Hollywood (1924) .... Stewart Cuyler
... aka The Good Bad Girl
Husbands and Lovers (1924) .... James Livingston
Cytherea (1924) .... Lee Randon
... aka The Forbidden Way (USA)
Why Men Leave Home (1924) .... John Emerson
The Stranger (1924) .... Keith Darrant
Scaramouche (1923) .... The Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr
You Can't Fool Your Wife (1923) .... Garth McBride
The World's Applause (1923) .... John Elliott
The Dangerous Age (1923) .... John Emerson
Trifling Women (1922) .... The Marquis Ferroni
The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) .... Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf
A Fool There Was (1922) .... John Schuyler
The Rosary (1922) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Father Brian Kelly
The White Mouse (1921)
Pilgrims of the Night (1921) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Philip Champion/Lord Ellingham)
The Child Thou Gavest Me (1921) .... Edward Berkeley
Don't Neglect Your Wife (1921) .... Langdon Masters
The Golden Snare (1921) .... Sergeant Philip Raine
The Northern Trail (1921)
Beau Revel (1921) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Lawrence 'Beau' Revel
The Concert (1921) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Augustus Martinot
Held by the Enemy (1920) .... Capt. Gordon Haine
Nomads of the North (1920) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Cpl. O'Connor
Milestones (1920) .... John Rhead
The River's End (1920) .... Derwent Conniston/John Keith
... aka River's End (USA)
Man's Desire (1919) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Tom Denton
The Man of Bronze (1918) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... John Adams
Inside the Lines (1918) .... Captain Cavendish
According to the Code (1916) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Basil Beckenridge
The Havoc (1916) .... Richard Craig
Honor's Altar (1916) (as Lewis S. Stone) .... Warren Woods
The Man Who Found Out (1915)
The Bargain (1914)
... aka The Two-Gun Man in the Bargain (USA: reissue title)