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Franchot Tone (I) (1905–1968)

President of the Dramatic Club at Cornell University, Franchot Tone gave up the family business for acting, making his Broadway debut in "The Age of Innocence". Tone then went into movies for MGM, making his film debut in The Wiser Sex (1932). With his theatrical background, Tone became one of the most talented movie actors in Hollywood. See full bio »

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 1968 Nobody Runs Forever
Ambassador Townsend
 1968 Shadow Over Elveron (TV Movie)
Barney Conners
 1967 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Judge Taliaferro Wilson
- Tell It Like It Is (1967) ... Judge Taliaferro Wilson
 1965 Mickey One
Ruby Lapp
 1965 The Virginian (TV Series)
- Old Cowboy (1965) ... Murdock
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Rudolph Bitzner
- Final Performance (1965) ... Rudolph Bitzner
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
- The Master Builder (1964) ... Solness
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
Jay Jay Jordan
- The Man Behind the Man (1964) ... Jay Jay Jordan
 1964 See How They Run (TV Movie)
Baron Frood
 1962-1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Sen. Grady Lyons / Inspector
- Jeremy Rabbitt - The Secret Avenger (1964) ... Sen. Grady Lyons
- The Betrayal (1962) ... Inspector
 1964 La bonne soupe
John K. Montasy Jr
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Leo Haynes
- Along About Late in the Afternoon (1962) ... Leo Haynes
 1962 Advise & Consent
The President
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Malachi Hobart
- The Malachi Hobart Story (1962) ... Malachi Hobart
 1961 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Col. Archie Taylor
- The Silence (1961) ... Col. Archie Taylor
 1961 Witchcraft (TV Movie)
Your Host
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
Denver McKee
- Denver McKee (1960) ... Denver McKee
 1956-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mark Twain / Avery Yarbrough / Raymond / ...
- The Hidden Image (1959) ... Avery Yarbrough
- A Quiet Game of Cards (1959) ... Raymond
- The Thundering Wave (1957) ... Allen Grant
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Martin Galt
- The Ticket (1960) ... Martin Galt
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- Body and Soul (1959)
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Oliver Mathews
- The Impossible Dream (1959) ... Oliver Mathews
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Candy Lombe
- The Crazy Hunter (1958) ... Candy Lombe
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- Time of Your Life (1958) ... Joe
 1958 Bitter Heritage (TV Movie)
Frank James
 1950-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Bill Gibson / Douglas Thompson / Rev. Lockman / ...
- Ticket to Tahiti (1958) ... Bill Gibson
- Trial by Slander (1958) ... Douglas Thompson
- Bend in the Road (1957) ... Rev. Lockman
- Twelve Angry Men (1954) ... Juror #3
 1954-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Kurt Baumann / Scott Malone / Dr. Ken Jaynes / ...
- The Largest City in Captivity (1957) ... Kurt Baumann / Scott Malone
- Silent Decision (1955) ... Dr. Ken Jaynes
 1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Prince / Sheriff Converse
- Night (1957) ... Prince
- Even the Weariest River (1956) ... Sheriff Converse
 1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
Arthur Baldwin
- Throw Me a Rope (1957) ... Arthur Baldwin
 1956 The Little Foxes (TV Movie)
 1954-1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Armstrong / Sandy Morton / Charles Burnett
- Survival (1956) ... Armstrong
- Red Gulch (1955) ... Sandy Morton
- The Fifth Wheel (1954) ... Charles Burnett
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Charles Proteus Steinmetz
- Steinmetz (1956) ... Charles Proteus Steinmetz
 1955 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
- The Sound and the Fury (1955) ... Jason
 1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Man Lost (1955)
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- Award (1955) ... Ben
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
- The Guardsman (1955) ... Actor
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mike Ramsay
- Too Old for Dolls (1955) ... Mike Ramsay
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Will L'Hommedieu
- Days of Grace (1955) ... Will L'Hommedieu
 1953 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series)
- Temptation (1953)
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Legal Affair (1953)
 1950-1952 Suspense (TV Series)
- All Hallow's Eve (1952) ... Markheim
- Black Bronze (1950)
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- The Horn (1952) ... Martenson
- The Diamond Lens (1952)
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
- Blood Relation (1952)
 1951 Here Comes the Groom
Wilbur Stanley
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Danger (TV Series)
 1950 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Meredith Whitehouse
- Goodnight, Please (1950) ... Meredith Whitehouse
 1949 Without Honor
Dennis Williams
 1948 Every Girl Should Be Married
Roger Sanford
 1947 Honeymoon
David Flanner
 1945 That Night with You
Paul Renaud
 1944 The Hour Before the Dawn
Jim Hetherton
 1943 True to Life
Fletcher Marvin
 1943 His Butler's Sister
Charles Gerard
 1943 Five Graves to Cairo
Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos
 1942 The Wife Takes a Flyer
Christopher Reynolds
 1941 This Woman Is Mine
Robert Stevens
 1941 She Knew All the Answers
Mark Willows
 1941 Nice Girl?
Richard Calvert
 1940 Trail of the Vigilantes
Kansas (Tim Mason)
 1938 The Girl Downstairs
Paul Wagner
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
Robert 'Bob' Hanson
 1938 Three Comrades
Otto Koster
 1938 Love Is a Headache
Peter Lawrence
 1938 Man-Proof
Jimmy Kilmartin
 1937 They Gave Him a Gun
James 'Jimmy' Davis
 1936 Love on the Run
Barnabus Pells
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
John Eaton
 1936 Suzy
Terry Moore
 1936 The Unguarded Hour
Sir Alan Dearden
 1936 Exclusive Story
Dick Barton
 1935 No More Ladies
 1935 Reckless
Bob Harrison
 1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Lt. John Forsythe
 1934 Straight Is the Way
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
T.R. Paige Jr.
 1934 The World Moves On
Richard Girard - 1825 / Richard Girard - 1914
 1934 Sadie McKee
Michael Alderson
 1934 Moulin Rouge
Douglas Hall
 1933 Dancing Lady
Tod Newton
 1933 Bombshell
Gifford Middleton
 1933 Stage Mother
Warren Foster
 1933 The Stranger's Return
Guy Crane
 1933 Midnight Mary
 1932 The Wiser Sex
Phil Long
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Centuries. Written and directed by Emjo Basshe. New Playwrights Theatre: 29 Nov 1927- Jan 1928 (closing date unknown/39 performances). As "Yankel." Cast: Herman Bandes, Jane Barry, Ellen Bartlett, Herbert Bergman, Lawrence Bolton, Peter Brocco, Edwin Clare, Mary Doerr, Sylvia Feningston, Lionel Ferrend, Nelson Frank, Murray ... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on his ex-wife, Joan Crawford] "She's like that old joke about Philadelphia: First prize, 4 years with Joan. Second prize, 8 years with her." See more »


He is responsible for the establishment of the Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories in the Academy Awards, owing to his supporting performance (and subsequent Best Actor nomination) in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). See more »

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