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Lewis Stone
Actor from the United States

Lewis Stone

Lewis Stone
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Intro Actor from the United States
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 15 November 1879, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Death 12 September 1953, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 73 years)
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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.

Early life and career

According to the Code (1916)

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. In 1912 Stone found success in the popular play Bird of Paradise which starred Laurette Taylor. The play was later filmed in 1932 and 1951. Stone's career was interrupted by World War I where he served again in the United States Army in the cavalry. He showed up in First National's 1920 Nomads of the North to good effect playing a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. He portrayed the title role in the 1922 silent film version of The Prisoner of Zenda.

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 come. People go. 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, and he starred with some of the biggest names in Hollywood in the 1930s, such stars as Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Ramón Novarro, Clark Gable, and Jean Harlow.

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. He reportedly suffered a heart attack while chasing away some neighborhood kids who were throwing rocks at his garage. Another published report states that on that date Stone and his third wife were watching television when they heard a racket in the back yard. When he investigated, Stone found lawn furniture once again floating in the pool and glimpsed three or perhaps four teenage boys running towards the street. Stone gave chase despite his wife’s warning not to exert himself. Upon reaching the sidewalk, Stone suddenly collapsed. A gardener, Juan Vergara, witnessed the chase and summoned aid.

A photo published in newspapers of the day showed Stone's body on the sidewalk immediately after the incident. The photo was later included in Kenneth Anger's Hollywood scandals book, Hollywood Babylon.

Lewis Stone was later honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6524 Hollywood Blvd.

Partial filmography

  • The Bargain (1914) (film debut)
  • The Havoc (1916) (with Gladys Hanson)
  • Nomads of the North (1920)
  • Held by the Enemy (1920)
  • The Concert (1921)
  • Beau Revel (1921)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
  • The World's Applause (1923)
  • Scaramouche (1923)
  • The Stranger (1924)
  • Cytherea (1924)
  • The Lost World (1925)
  • The Lady Who Lied (1925)
  • The Girl from Montmartre (1926)
  • Old Loves and New (1926)
  • Midnight Lovers (1926)
  • The Blonde Saint (1926)
  • The Notorious Lady (1927)
  • The Prince of Headwaiters (1927)
  • The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927)
  • The Patriot (1928)
  • A Woman of Affairs (1928)
  • Wild Orchids (1929)
  • Madame X (1929)
  • Their Own Desire (1929)
  • Wonder of Women (1929)
  • The Big House (1930)
  • Romance (1930)
  • The Office Wife (1930)
  • Passion Flower (1930)
  • Father's Son (1931)
  • The Secret Six (1931)
  • My Past (1931)
  • Always Goodbye (1931)
  • The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
  • Mata Hari (1931)
  • Grand Hotel (1932)
  • Letty Lynton (1932)
  • New Morals for Old (1932)
  • Red-Headed Woman (1932)
  • The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
  • Men Must Fight (1933)
  • The White Sister (1933)
  • Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
  • Queen Christina (1933)
  • The Mystery of Mr. X (1934)
  • The Girl from Missouri (1934)
  • Treasure Island (1934)
  • You Can’t Buy Everything (1934)
  • David Copperfield (1935)
  • West Point of the Air (1935)
  • China Seas (1935)
  • Three Godfathers (1936)
  • Don't Turn 'Em Loose (1936)
  • The Unguarded Hour (1936)
  • Suzy (1936)
  • You're Only Young Once (1937)
  • Outcast (1937)
  • The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)
  • Andy Hardy's Dilemma: A Lesson in Mathematics... and Other Things (1938)
  • Judge Hardy's Children (1938)
  • Yellow Jack (1938)
  • Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
  • Out West with the Hardys (1938)
  • The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
  • The Hardys Ride High (1939)
  • Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
  • Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
  • Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
  • Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)
  • Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
  • The Bugle Sounds (1942)
  • The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)
  • Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
  • Plan for Destruction (1943)
  • Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
  • Three Wise Fools (1946)
  • Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)
  • State of the Union (1948)
  • Any Number Can Play (1949)
  • Key to the City (1950)
  • Stars in My Crown (1950)
  • Angels in the Outfield (1951)
  • Bannerline (1951)
  • The Unknown Man (1951)
  • Talk About a Stranger (1952)
  • Scaramouche (1952)
  • Just This Once (1952)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
  • All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
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