Lew Ayres

Highest Rated: 100% Holiday (1938)
Lowest Rated: 29% The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Birthday: Dec 28, 1908
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of a court reporter, actor Lew Ayres began his performing career upon high school graduation when he attempted to make a living as a banjo player. Ayres' college-boy good looks led to extra work in the movies, and before he was 21 the young actor was starring opposite Greta Garbo in The Kiss (1929).Director Lewis Milestone, recognizing Ayres' natural talent and precocious self-confidence, cast him in the demanding role of disillusioned German soldier Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), an intensely powerful antiwar film which went on to win an Academy Award. Ayres was superb, but his gentle demeanor and callow handsomeness resulted in his being stereotyped in film roles as a spoiled rich boy (though one of these roles, as Katharine Hepburn's perennially drunken younger brother in Holiday (1938), was among the actor's best work).Ayres' star status was boosted in 1938 when he was hired to play Dr. Kildare in MGM's long-running series of Kildare B-pictures. After appearing in nine Kildare films, he declared himself a conscientious objector and refused to bear weapons when called upon to serve in World War II; the actor was publicly perceived to be a coward, and MGM dropped his contract. After the war, the public learned of Ayres' bravery under fire as a non-combatant medical corpsman, and he was permitted to resume his career. He continued to work in character roles throughout the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s; he even portrayed one of Mary Richards' dates on a 1976 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. As active socially as he was professionally, Ayres was married three times; his second wife was Ginger Rogers. Two days after celebrating his 88th birthday, Ayres died in his sleep in his Los Angeles home.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Don Camillo (The World Of Don Camillo) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Cast the First Stone Martin 1989
No Score Yet Of Mice and Men Actor 1981
88% Salem's Lot Jason Burke 1979
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes of the Bible Actor 1979
35% Battlestar Galactica Adar 1978
No Score Yet End of the World Beckerman 1978
41% Damien---Omen II Bill Atherton 1978
No Score Yet Altars of the World Director Actor 1976
No Score Yet Altars of the World: The Eastern Religions Director Producer 1976
No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Allen Dulles 1976
No Score Yet Altars of the World: The Western Religions Producer Director 1976
37% Battle For The Planet Of The Apes Mandemus 1973
No Score Yet The Stranger Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Man Harley 1972
No Score Yet The Biscuit Eater Mr. Ames 1972
No Score Yet She Waits Actor 1971
No Score Yet Earth II President Charles Carter Durant 1971
29% The Carpetbaggers McAllister 1964
82% Advise and Consent The Vice-President 1962
55% Donovan's Brain Dr. Patrick Cory 1953
No Score Yet New Mexico Capt. Hunt 1951
No Score Yet The Capture Lin Vanner / Lindley Brown 1950
89% Johnny Belinda Dr. Robert Richardson 1948
No Score Yet The Unfaithful Larry Hannaford 1947
67% The Dark Mirror Dr. Scott Elliott 1946
No Score Yet Fingers at the Window Oliver Duffy 1942
No Score Yet The People vs. Dr. Kildare (My Life Is Yours) Dr. James Kildare 1941
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Crisis Dr. James Kildare 1940
No Score Yet Doctor Kildare Goes Home Dr. James Kildare 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Dr. James Kildare 1940
No Score Yet The Secret of Dr. Kildare Dr. James Kildare 1939
No Score Yet Calling Dr. Kildare Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare 1939
No Score Yet Ice Follies of 1939 Eddie Burgess 1939
No Score Yet These Glamour Girls Philip S. 'Phil' Griswold III 1939
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade James Geoffrey 'Jimmy' Seymour 1939
No Score Yet Young Dr. Kildare Dr. James Kildare 1938
100% Holiday Ned Seton 1938
No Score Yet King of the Newsboys Jerry Flynn 1938
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid Bill Dexter 1937
No Score Yet The Crime Nobody Saw Nick Milburn 1937
No Score Yet Murder with Pictures Kent Murdock 1936
No Score Yet Shakedown Bob Sanderson 1936
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage Director 1936
No Score Yet Servants' Entrance Eric Landstrom 1934
No Score Yet She Learned About Sailors Larry Wilson 1934
No Score Yet My Weakness Ronnie Gregory 1933
No Score Yet State Fair Pat Gilbert 1933
No Score Yet Night World Michael Rand 1932
No Score Yet Impatient Maiden Dr. Myron Brown 1932
No Score Yet Okay, America! Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Spirit of Notre Dame (Vigour of Youth) Bucky O'Brien 1931
No Score Yet Iron Man Young Mason 1931
No Score Yet Doorway to Hell Louie Ricarno 1930
100% All Quiet on the Western Front Paul 1930
No Score Yet Common Clay Hugh Fullerton 1930
No Score Yet The Kiss Pierre 1929
No Score Yet Big News Copy Boy 1929


No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Guest Harry Haynes Frank Worton Mr. Zelinka
  • 1989
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet The A-Team
  • 1986
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
  • 1982
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Sidney Dollinger
  • 1981
33% Battlestar Galactica
President Adar
  • 1978
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
Dr. Wilson
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Doug Slaughter
  • 1977
No Score Yet Columbo
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kung Fu
Aging Photographer
  • 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.