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Lew Ayres (1908–1996)


Lew Ayres was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in San Diego, California. A college dropout, he was found by a talent scout in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles and entered Hollywood as a bit player. He was leading man to Greta Garbo in The Kiss (1929), but it was the role of Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1994 Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart (TV Movie)
Prof. Cabel
 1989 Cast the First Stone (TV Movie)
Martin
 1985-1989 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Ivan Zelenka / Frank Worton / Harry Haynes
- Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka (1989) ... Ivan Zelenka
- Sail Away (1986) ... Frank Worton
- The Right Thing (1985) ... Harry Haynes
 1989 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Lorimar Henderson
- Leave It to Geezer (1989) ... Lorimar Henderson
 1988 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Conrad Minton
- Old Flames (1988) ... Conrad Minton
 1987 Outlaws (TV Series)
- Madril (1987)
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
Bernie Greene
- The Grey Team (1986) ... Bernie Greene
 1986 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Justin Carter
- Treasure (1986) ... Justin Carter
 1986 Under Siege (TV Movie)
John Pace
 1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
Oliver Hawthorne
- Goodbye, Sara (1984) ... Oliver Hawthorne
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Nelson O'Neil
- Trials (1984) ... Nelson O'Neil
 1984 Fame (TV Series)
Bert Kline
- A Way of Winning (1984) ... Bert Kline
 1983 Savage in the Orient (TV Movie)
 1979-1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
John Cook / J.D. Pettigrew
- Midnight Waltz/Let Them Eat Cake (1983) ... John Cook
- Yesterday's Love/Fountain of Youth (1979) ... J.D. Pettigrew
 1983 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Prof. Henry Lester Hillman
- The Law Is a Fool (1983) ... Prof. Henry Lester Hillman
 1982 The Devlin Connection (TV Series)
Wedemeyer
- Claudine (1982) ... Wedemeyer
 1982 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Lem McCary
- Welcome to Olesonville (1982) ... Lem McCary
 1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Chambers
- Don't Rain on My Charade (1982) ... Dr. Chambers
 1982 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Andrew Douglas
- Silver Shadows (1982) ... Andrew Douglas
 1981 Of Mice and Men (TV Movie)
Candy
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Carl Hooper
 1980 Reunion (TV Movie)
Bob Hollander
 1979 Letters from Frank (TV Movie)
Dan Miller
 1979 Salem's Lot (TV Movie)
Jason Burke
 1978 Suddenly, Love (TV Movie)
Mr. Graham
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
- High Rollers (1978)
 1978 Damien: Omen II
Bill Atherton
 1977 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Dr. Theodore Wilson
- The Man Who Could Move the World (1977) ... Dr. Theodore Wilson
 1977 End of the World
Beckerman
 1977 The Fantastic Journey (TV Mini-Series)
Rayat
- The Innocent Prey (1977) ... Rayat
 1977 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Doug Booth
- Mary and the Sexagenarian (1977) ... Doug Booth
 1977 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Dr. Elijah Cooper
- Doomsday Is Tomorrow: Part 2 (1977) ... Dr. Elijah Cooper
- Doomsday Is Tomorrow (1977) ... Dr. Elijah Cooper
 1968-1976 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
The Governor / Comm. Reginald Blackwell / Dr. Elias Haig
- Legacy of Terror (1976) ... Comm. Reginald Blackwell
- Anybody Can Build a Bomb (1973) ... Dr. Elias Haig
- Pilot (1968) ... The Governor
 1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Mr. Sinclair
- Requiem for a Bride (1975) ... Mr. Sinclair
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Beaumont
- The Vanishing Image (1974) ... Beaumont
 1974 The Magician (TV Series)
Max Braden
- The Illusion of the Evil Spikes (1974) ... Max Braden
 1974 Columbo (TV Series)
Dr. Howard Nicholson
- Mind Over Mayhem (1974) ... Dr. Howard Nicholson
 1974 Heatwave! (TV Movie)
Dr. Grayson
 1974 The Questor Tapes (TV Movie)
Vaslovik
 1973 Hawkins (TV Series)
- Blood Feud (1973)
 1973 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Harlan Edgerton
- The House on Hyde Street (1973) ... Harlan Edgerton
 1973 The Stranger (TV Movie)
Prof. Dylan MacAuley
 1972 The Man
Noah Calvin
 1972 She Waits (TV Movie)
Dr. Sam Carpenter
 1971 Earth II (TV Movie)
President Charles Carter Durant
 1971 The Interns (TV Series)
Dr. Holt
- The Guardian (1971) ... Dr. Holt
 1970 San Francisco International Airport (TV Series)
Jess Murray
- Supersonic Transport (1970) ... Jess Murray
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Judge John Markham
- The Price of the Hanging (1970) ... Judge John Markham
 1970 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
William Tyler
- Doris Leaves Today's World: Part 2 (1970) ... William Tyler
- Doris Leaves Today's World: Part 1 (1970) ... William Tyler
- Doris Hires a Millionaire: Part 2 (1970) ... William Tyler
- Doris Hires a Millionaire: Part 1 (1970) ... William Tyler
 1970 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Professor Harper
- Mister X (1970) ... Professor Harper
 1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Andrew Swanson
- A Matter of Humanities (1969) ... Dr. Andrew Swanson
 1969 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Muncey
- One Good Lie Deserves Another (1969) ... Muncey
 1967-1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Jason Fleet / Sheriff Roy Kingston
- Presumed Dead (1968) ... Jason Fleet
 1967 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Jonathan Cole
- The Prodigal (1967) ... Jonathan Cole
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Arthur
- The People Trap (1966) ... Arthur
 1966 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Marshall Winslow
- The Tormentors (1966) ... Marshall Winslow
 1966 I Spy (TV Series)
Dr. Maclean
- The Tiger (1966) ... Dr. Maclean
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Spencer Champion Carlisle
- The Last Commuter (1965) ... Spencer Champion Carlisle
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Thomas Clay
- Kill No More (1965) ... Dr. Thomas Clay
 1965 Mark Dolphin (TV Movie)
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Thomas W. Hardin
- For a Just Man Falleth Seven Times (1964) ... Thomas W. Hardin
 1964 The Carpetbaggers
'Mac' McAllister
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Joshua Tillett
- A Rich, Famous, Glamorous Folk Singer Like Me (1964) ... Joshua Tillett
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Judge Victor Llewelyn
- Judgement in Jazz Alley (1962) ... Judge Victor Llewelyn
 1962 Advise & Consent
The Vice President
 1962 Bus Stop (TV Series)
John Benson
- The Opposite Virtues (1962) ... John Benson
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Dr. Paul Harris
- Adventure on Happiness Street (1961) ... Dr. Paul Harris
 1956-1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Jesse Martin / Jud Lester / Clint Howard
- The Scar (1961) ... Jesse Martin
- A Man to Look Up To (1957) ... Jud Lester
- The Unrelenting Sky (1956) ... Clint Howard
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Howard Moon
- A Thief or Two (1960) ... Howard Moon
 1960 Route 66 (TV Series)
Frank Bartlett
- The Man on the Monkey Board (1960) ... Frank Bartlett
 1958-1959 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Nathan Hardy / Jed Risk
- Corporal Hardy (1959) ... Nathan Hardy
- Johnny Risk (1958) ... Jed Risk
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
John Conrad
- The Silent Night (1958) ... John Conrad
 1958 Frontier Justice (TV Series)
Clint Howard / Himself - Host
- Unrelenting Sky (1958) ... Clint Howard / Himself - Host
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Bob Kilgore
- The Thief with the Big Blue Eyes (1958) ... Bob Kilgore
 1957 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Matt Needham
- The Man Who Asked No Favors (1957) ... Matt Needham
 1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1956 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Carl Doss
- The Family Nobody Wanted (1956) ... Carl Doss
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Father John Gerald
- Measure of Faith (1956) ... Father John Gerald
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. John Mohler
- One Against Many (1956) ... Dr. John Mohler
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series)
 1953 No Escape
John Howard Tracy
 1951 New Mexico
Captain Hunt
 1950 The Capture
Lin Vanner / Lindley Brown
 1947 The Way of Peace (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1946 The Dark Mirror
Dr. Scott Elliott
 1942 Fingers at the Window
Oliver Duffy
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Henry Twinkle
 1939 Remember?
Sky Ames
 1939 These Glamour Girls
Philip S. Griswold
 1939 Calling Dr. Kildare
Dr. James Kildare
 1939 Broadway Serenade
James Geoffrey Seymour
 1939 The Ice Follies of 1939
Eddie Burgess
 1938 Spring Madness
Sam Thatcher
 1938 Rich Man, Poor Girl
Henry Thayer
 1938 Scandal Street
Joe McKnight
 1937 The Last Train from Madrid
Bill Dexter
 1937 The Crime Nobody Saw
Nick Milburn
 1936 Lady Be Careful
Chester aka Dynamite
 1936 Panic on the Air
Jerry Franklin
 1936 The Leathernecks Have Landed
Woodruff 'Woody' Davis
 1935 Spring Tonic
Caleb Enix
 1935 The Lottery Lover
Cadet Frank Harrington
 1934 Servants' Entrance
Erik Landstrom
 1934 Let's Be Ritzy
Jimmy Sterling
 1933 My Weakness
Ronnie Gregory
 1933 Don't Bet on Love
Bill McCaffery
 1932 Okay, America!
Larry Wayne
 1932 The Impatient Maiden
Dr. Myron Brown
 1931 Heaven on Earth
States
 1931 The Spirit of Notre Dame
Bucky O'Brien
 1931 Up for Murder
Robert Marshall
 1931 Iron Man
Kid Mason
 1931 Many a Slip
Jerry Brooks
 1930 East Is West
Billy Benson
 1930 The Doorway to Hell
Louie
 1930 Common Clay
Hugh Fullerton
 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front
Paul (as Lewis Ayres)
 1929 The Kiss
Pierre
 1929 Big News
Copyboy (uncredited)
 1929 The Sophomore
Sophomore Fraternity Brother (uncredited)
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Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: In 1965 he co-starred in an unsold pilot for a CBS dramatic series called "Mark Dolphin" that the Saturday Evening Post said was so bad it became "synonymous with total disaster in show business idiom." See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lewis Ayres

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

To me, war was the greatest sin. I couldn't bring myself to kill other men.

Trivia:

His wife, Diana Hall, is a former flight attendant. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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