Lew Ayres

Lew Ayres

Highest Rated: 100% Holiday (1938)

Lowest Rated: 32% Battlestar Galactica (1979)

Birthday: Dec 28, 1908

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

This earnest, boyishly handsome star of the pacifist classic "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) was extremely prolific during the 1930s, at first primarily at Universal Studios, and then also at Fox and Paramount. Although a very talented and sensitive actor, Ayres found his early stardom fade during the decade as he was cast in either trivial light comedies which suited his gentle manner or in films which called for tough, streetwise characterizations which didn't always suit him. He gave an excellent performance, though, as Katharine Hepburn's drunken brother in George Cukor's "Holiday" (1938) and enjoyed considerable popularity in a series of Dr. Kildare films at MGM in the late 30s and early 40s. His career faded during WWII after he declared himself a conscientious objector, but he received renewed respect when he served bravely in a non-combat medical capacity.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart Prof. Cabel (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cast the First Stone Martin (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Siege John Pace (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lime Street Henry Wade Culver (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 74% Of Mice and Men Candy (Character) - 1981
32% 61% Battlestar Galactica President Adar (Character) - 1979
88% 64% Salem's Lot Jason Burke (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest Heroes of the Bible Noah (Character) - 1978
44% 49% Damien: Omen II Bill Atherton (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 11% End of the World Beckerman (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Allen Dulles (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heatwave! Dr. Grayson (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Questor Tapes Vaslovik (Character) - 1973
36% 30% Battle for the Planet of the Apes Mandemus, Keeper of the Armory (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blood Feud Unknown (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stranger Prof. Dylan MacAuley (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 48% The Biscuit Eater Mr. Ames (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 33% Earth II President Charles Carter Durant (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Noah Calvin (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 20% She Waits Dr. Sam Carpenter (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0 The Governor (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kill No More Dr. Thomas Clay (Character) - 1966
33% 62% The Carpetbaggers "Mac" McAllister (Character) - 1964
75% 89% Advise and Consent The Vice President (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet City on a Hunt John Tracy (Character) - 1953
50% 35% Donovan's Brain Dr. Patrick J. Cory (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet New Mexico Captain Hunt (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 11% The Capture Lin Vanner/Lindley Brown (Character) - 1951
90% 88% Johnny Belinda Dr. Robert Richardson (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 50% The Unfaithful Larry Hannaford (Character) - 1947
71% 56% The Dark Mirror Dr. Scott Elliott (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 6% Fingers at the Window Oliver Duffy (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Victory Dr. James "Jimmy" Kildare (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The People vs. Dr. Kildare Dr. James Kildare (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day Dr. James "Jimmy" Kildare (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Was a Lady Robert "Bob" "Bobby" Rawlston (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Fleecing Henry Twinkle (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 22% Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Dr. James "Jimmy" Kildare (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 33% Dr. Kildare's Crisis Dr. James "Jimmy" Kildare (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Goes Home Dr. James Kildare (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Remember? Schuyler `'Sky'` Ames (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 29% These Glamour Girls Philip S. `'Phil'` Griswold III (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 11% The Secret of Dr. Kildare Dr. James "Jimmy" Kildare (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 29% Ice Follies of 1939 Eddie Burgess (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 20% Broadway Serenade James Geoffrey "Jimmy" Seymour (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 33% Calling Dr. Kildare Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandal Street Joe McKnight (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spring Madness Sam Thatcher (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet King of the Newsboys Jerry Flynn (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rich Man, Poor Girl Henry Thayer (Character) - 1938
100% 89% Holiday Ned Seton (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 73% Young Dr. Kildare Dr. James Kildare (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hold 'Em Navy! Tommy Graham (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crime Nobody Saw Nick Milburn (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Train From Madrid Bill Dexter (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Panic on the Air Jerry Franklin (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage Director - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Be Careful Chester/Dynamite (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Leathernecks Have Landed Woodruff "Woody" Davis (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder With Pictures Kent Murdock (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lottery Lover Cadet Frank Harrington (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silk Hat Kid Eddie Howard (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spring Tonic Caleb Enix (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Be Ritzy Jimmy Sterling (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Learned About Sailors Larry Wilson (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Bet on Love Bill McCaffery (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Weakness Ronnie Gregory (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 54% State Fair Pat Gilbert (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 60% Night World Michael Rand (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Okay, America! Larry Wayne (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Impatient Maiden Unknown (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 55% Iron Man Kid Mason (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Up for Murder Robert Marshall (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spirit of Notre Dame Bucky O'Brien (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Is West Billy Benson (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 50% The Doorway to Hell Louie Ricarno (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Common Clay Hugh Fullerton (Character) - 1930
98% 89% All Quiet on the Western Front Paul Baumer (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 75% The Kiss Pierre Lassalle (Character) - 1929

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Harry Haynes (Guest Star) 1989 1985-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The A-Team Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lime Street Henry Wade Culver (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Doug Booth (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Dr. Howard Nicholson (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Harlan Edgerton (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Muncey (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Jonathan Cole (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Thomas W. Hardin (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Dr. Samuel Mudd (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1961 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956

QUOTES FROM Lew Ayres CHARACTERS

Paul Baumer says: You still think it's beautiful to die for your country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for country, it's better not to die at all.

Ben Mears says: But you remember that even then...that house had a reputation for being a haunted house?

Ben Mears says: But you remember that even then, that house had a reputation for being a haunted house?

Jason Burke says: Every town has one.

Ben Mears says: I went up there once; on a dare. You know how kids are. I was sweating scared. I sneaked around. Got into the house--

Ben Mears says: I went up there once, on a dare. You know how kids are. I was sweating scared. I sneaked around. Got into the house.

Jason Burke says: What did you see?

Ben Mears says: Ghosts...everything; every sound, every shadow. I'm not sure what I saw. I think I saw Hubie Marsten...hanging by his neck. His face green, his eyes puffed shut...his hands livid. It was ghastly. And then he opened his eyes and he looked at me. He looked at me...and I took off and I ran. I ran as fast as I could. I've never forgotten that.

Ben Mears says: Ghosts, everything; every sound, every shadow. I'm not sure what I saw. I think I saw Hubie Marsten hanging by his neck. His face green, his eyes puffed shut his hands livid. It was ghastly. And then he opened his eyes and he looked at me. He looked at me, and I took off and I ran. I ran as fast as I could. I've never forgotten that.

Ben Mears says: I think that an evil house attracts evil men.

Jason Burke says: But if a house attracts evil men...

Jason Burke says: But if a house attracts evil men.

Ben Mears says: Why did it attract me?

Ben Mears says: Jason, do you believe a thing...can be inherently evil?

Ben Mears says: Jason, do you believe a thing can be inherently evil?

Jason Burke says: I've seen trees that look like tortured spirits.

Ben Mears says: A house. The Marsten house for instance. Can it be evil in its stone foundations, in its wooden beams? - In the glass of its windows? - In the plaster of its ceilings? ...Evil.

Ben Mears says: A house. The Marsten house for instance. Can it be evil in its stone foundations, in its wooden beams? In the glass of its windows? In the plaster of its ceilings? Evil.

Jason Burke says: (holding up a crucifix to vampire Mike) - I revoke my invitation. Get out.

Jason Burke says: (holding up a crucifix to vampire Mike) I revoke my invitation. Get out.

Mike says: You'll sleep with the dead, teacher.

Jason Burke says: What do you remember, Mike?

Mike says: Singing.

Jason Burke says: Singing?

Mike says: Sweetest singing I ever heard...and a feeling like drowning...and eyes...eyes--

Mike says: Sweetest singing I ever heard, and a feeling like drowning, and eyes...eyes.

Jason Burke says: Whose eyes?

Mike says: Bright...scary.

Mike says: Bright, scary.

Ben Mears says: Whose?

Mike says: Don't remember.

Jason Burke says: Marsten House still the center of the story?

Ben Mears says: Yep.

Jason Burke says: How about the Glick boys? You connect them with the house?

Ben Mears says: Everything in Salem's Lot is connected to that house. You can see it from every part of the town. It's like a beacon throwing off an energy force.

Paul Baumer says: And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death.