Lewis Stone

Lewis Stone

  • Born on
    • November 15th, 1879
  • Died on
    • September 12th, 1953
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lewis Shepard Stone (November 15, 1879 – September 12, 1953) was an American actor known for his role as Judge James Hardy in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Andy Hardy film series and as an MGM contract player. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts to Bertrand Stone and Philena Heald Ball, Lewis Stone's hair turned gray prematurely (reportedly by age 20). Lewis served in the United States Army in the Spanish–American War, then returned to a career as a writer. He soon began acting. Stone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929 for The Patriot. After that, he appeared in seven films with Greta Garbo, spanning both the silent and early sound periods. He played the role of Dr. Otternschlag in the Garbo film Grand Hotel, in which he utters the famous closing line: "Grand Hotel. People coming. Going. Nothing ever happens." He played a larger role in the 1933 Garbo film Queen Christina. His appearance in the successful prison film The Big House furthered his career. He played adventurers in the dinosaur epic The Lost World (1925) with Wallace Beery and The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) with Boris Karloff, and a police captain in Bureau of Missing Persons (1933). In 1937, Stone essayed the role which would become his most famous, that of Judge James Hardy in the Mickey Rooney Andy Hardy series. Stone appeared as the judge in fifteen movies, beginning with You're Only Young Once (1937). Stone died in Hancock Park, Los Angeles on September 12, 1953, aged 73. Lewis Stone was later honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6524 Hollywood Blvd.

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Acting (49 Credits)

1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1953All the Brothers Were Valiant as le capitaine Holt
1952Talk About a Stranger as William J. Wardlaw
1952The Prisoner of Zenda as The Cardinal
1952Scaramouche as Georges de Valmorin
1951Angels in the Outfield as Commissioner Arnold P. Hapgood
1951It's a Big Country: An American Anthology as Church sexton
1950Stars in My Crown as Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.
1950Key to the City as Judge Silas Standish
1949Any Number Can Play as Ben Gavery Snelerr
1948State of the Union as Sam Thorndyke
1946Love Laughs at Andy Hardy as Judge Hardy
1946The Hoodlum Saint as Father Nolan
1944Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble as Judge Hardy
1942Andy Hardy's Double Life as Judge Hardy
1942The Courtship of Andy Hardy as Judge Hardy
1941Andy Hardy's Private Secretary as Judge Hardy
1941Life Begins for Andy Hardy as Judge Hardy
1940Andy Hardy Meets Debutante as Judge Hardy
1939Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever as Judge Hardy
1939The Ice Follies of 1939 as Douglas Tolliver Jr.
1938Love Finds Andy Hardy as Judge Hardy
1936Three Godfathers as 'Doc'
1936Suzy as Baron
1936Small Town Girl as Dr. Dakin
1935China Seas as Tom Davids
1935Public Hero Number 1 as Prison Warden
1935David Copperfield as Mr. Wickfield
1934The Girl from Missouri as Frank Cousins
1934Treasure Island as Captain Smollett
1933Bureau of Missing Persons as Police Captain Webb
1933Queen Christina as Oxenstierna
1932The Mask of Fu Manchu as Nyland Smith
1932Red-Headed Woman as William 'Will' Legendre Sr.
1932Letty Lynton as District Attorney Haney
1932Grand Hotel as Doctor Otternschlag
1931The Secret 6 as Richard 'Newt' Newton - Attorney at Law
1931The Sin of Madelon Claudet as Carlo Boretti
1931Inspiration as Raymond Delval
1931The Phantom of Paris as Inspector Costaud
1931Mata Hari as Andriani
1930Romance as Cornelius 'Conny' Van Tuyl
1930The Big House as Warden James Adams
1929Wild Orchids as John Sterling
1929Their Own Desire as Henry 'Hal' Marlett
1928A Woman of Affairs as Dr. Hugh Trevelyan
1925The Lost World as Sir John Roxton
1923Scaramouche as The Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr
1922The Prisoner of Zenda as Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf


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