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FRANCHOT TONE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Franchot Tone was born on February 27th, 1905 in Niagara Falls, New York with the birth name Stanislas Pascal Franchot Tone, born to parents, Dr. Frank Jerome and Gertrude Van Vrancken Franchot Tone.  As a child he lived in various places with his family and attended a number of different schools.  After completing high school he enrolled at Cornell University and studied language.  He also became involved with the drama club and began to develop more of an interest in theater.
 
His parents had hoped he would follow in the family footsteps and pursue a career in electro-chemical business, however he had other career goals.  He decided to join a stock company and learned everything he could about the entertainment industry.
 
Tone then decided to relocate to Greenwich Village and auditioned for his first Broadway role in, "The Age of Innocence" in 1929.  He followed with role with another Broadway stage production in, "Green Grow the Lilacs" which later became the musical, "Oklahoma!". 
 
As his career progressed he was involved in the co founding of the Group Theatre in New York with lee Strasberg and Harold Clurman which was a school that taught method acting. 
 
In 1931 he starred in one of the theater's productions called, "The House of Connelly" followed by roles in, "Big Night" and "Success Story".  Soon an offer for a contract came from MGM studio's followed by his film debut in, "The Wiser Sex" (1932).  
 
Franchot relocated to Hollywood, California and began making appearances in such films as, "Today We Live" (1933), "Dancing Lady" (1933), "Sadie McKee" (1934) and "Dangerous" (1935).
 
He was seen on screen with such female entertainers as, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Miriam Hopkins and Jean Harlow.  As his career progressed in the mid 30's he continued to work on 'A' rated films such as, "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer" (1935), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), "Five Graves to Cairo" (1943) and "Phantom Lady" (1944).
 
Not only was he a working film actor he also tried working as a film producer for such films as, "The Man of the Eiffel Tower" (1949) and Uncle Vanya" (1957).  His personal life was in such turmoil with many different relationships with various Hollywood woman that it began to take a total on his film career.
 
Tone soon turned his sites on working as a television actor.  He worked on a number of TV Playhouse Productions, "Twilight Zone" (1959), "Wagon Train" (1962), "The Virginian" (1965) and "Ben Casey" (1962-1966). 
 
Along with television he still could be seen on such stage productions as, "A Moon For The Misbegotten" (1957).  He did not neglect film entirely with his final film role in, "The High Commissioner" (1968).  This same year he had not yet retired from acting, but was unable to beat his battle with lung cancer and passed away on September 18th, 1968 in New York City, New York. 
 
His professional life was quite successful, but his personal life especially with woman was quite the contrary.  Franchot married a total of four times.  His first wife was actress Joan Crawford from 1935 through 1939 and the couple appeared in a number of films together.  His second marriage was to Jean Wallace from 1941 through 1948.  He then briefly married Barbara Peyton in 1951, although many of his colleagues and even his ex-wife advised against this marriage, he chose not to listen and soon in 1952 this marriage also came to an end, after he was physically beaten up by Peyton's ex boyfriend, Tom Neal.  His final wife was Dolores Dorn in 1956 and again this marriage only lasted until 1959. 

 
Filmography

1968 The High Commissioner 
1968 Shadow Over Elveron 
1967 Run for Your Life 
1962-1966 Ben Casey 
1965 Mickey One 
1965 In Harm's Way 
1965 The Virginian 
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 
1964 The Reporter 
1964 See How They Run
1962-1964 The DuPont Show of the Week 
1964 La bonne soupe
1962 The Eleventh Hour 
1962 Advise & Consent 
1962 Wagon Train
1961 Twilight Zone 
1960 Bonanza
1956-1960 Playhouse 90
1960 Goodyear Theatre 
1959 The DuPont Show of the Month 
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents 
1958 Pursuit 
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
1958 Armchair Theatre
1958 Bitter Heritage 
1950-1958 Studio One in Hollywood
1957 Uncle Vanya 
1954-1957 Climax
1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour 
1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 
1956 Hallmark Hall of Fame 
1954-1956 The United States Steel Hour
1956 G.E. True Theater
1955 Playwrights '56
1955 Robert Montgomery Presents
1955 Four Star Playhouse
1955 The Best of Broadway 
1955 The Ford Television Theatre
1955 The Elgin Hour
1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour
1953 The Philip Morris Playhouse 
1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater 
1953 Hollywood Opening Night 
1950-1952 Suspense 
1952 Tales of Tomorrow 
1952 Lights Out
1951 Here Comes the Groom 
1951 Starlight Theatre
1951 Danger
1950 Lux Video Theatre
1950 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
1949 The Man on the Eiffel Tower 
1949 Without Honor 
1949 Jigsaw 
1948 Every Girl Should Be Married 
1948 I Love Trouble
1947 Her Husband's Affairs
1947 Honeymoon
1947 Lost Honeymoon
1946 Because of Him
1945 That Night with You
1944 Dark Waters 
1944 The Hour Before the Dawn
1944 Phantom Lady
1943 True to Life
1943 His Butler's Sister
1943 Pilot #5
1943 Five Graves to Cairo
1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
1942 The Wife Takes a Flyer
1941 This Woman Is Mine
1941 She Knew All the Answers
1941 Nice Girl? 
1940 Trail of the Vigilantes 
1939 Fast and Furious 
1938 The Girl Downstairs 
1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
1938 Three Comrades
1938 Love Is a Headache 
1938 Man-Proof 
1937 The Bride Wore Red 
1937 Between Two Women
1937 They Gave Him a Gun
1937 Quality Street
1936 Love on the Run
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
1936 Suzy
1936 The King Steps Out
1936 The Unguarded Hour 
1936 Exclusive Story
1935 Dangerous
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty 
1935 No More Ladies 
1935 Reckless 
1935 One New York Night 
1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer 
1934 Gentlemen Are Born 
1934 Straight Is the Way 
1934 The Girl from Missouri 
1934 The World Moves On 
1934 Sadie McKee
1934 Moulin Rouge 
1933 Dancing Lady 
1933 Bombshell 
1933 Stage Mother
1933 The Stranger's Return
1933 Midnight Mary
1933 Gabriel Over the White House
1933 Today We Live 





Matinee Classics - In Harm's Way starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Brandon de Wilde, Jill Haworth, Dana Andrews, Stanley Holloway, Burgess Meredith, Franchot Tone, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, James Mitchum, Carroll O'Connor and Larry Hagman
Matinee Classics - The Bride Wore Red starring Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, Billie Burke, Reginald Owen, Lynne Carver, George Zucco, Mary Philips, Paul Porcasi, Dickie Moore, Frank Puglia, Adriana Caselotti and Ann Rutherford
Matinee Classics - No More Ladies starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles, Franchot Tone, Edna May Oliver, Gail Patrick, Reginald Denny, Vivienne Osborne, Joan Fontaine, Arthur Treacher, David S. Horsley, Jean Chatburn and E.J. Babille
Matinee Classics - Franchot Tone
Matinee Classics - Man on the Eiffel Tower starring Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, Robert Hutton, Jean Wallace, Patricia Roc, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Belita, George Thorpe, William Phipps, William Cottrell and Chaz Chase
Matinee Classics - Mutiny on the Bounty starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson, Francis Lister, Spring Byington, Movita, Mamo Clark, Byron Russell, Percy Waram, David Torrence, John Harrington, Douglas Walton, Ian Wolfe, DeWitt Jennings, Ivan F. Simpson, Vernon Downing, Bill Bambridge, Marion Clayton Anderson, Stanley Fields, Wallis Clark, Crauford Kent, Pat Flaherty, Alec Craig, Charles Irwin, James Cag
Matinee Classics - Mutiny on the Bounty starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson, Francis Lister, Spring Byington, Movita, Mamo Clark, Byron Russell, Percy Waram, David Torrence, John Harrington, Douglas Walton, Ian Wolfe, DeWitt Jennings, Ivan F. Simpson, Vernon Downing, Bill Bambridge, Marion Clayton Anderson, Stanley Fields, Wallis Clark, Crauford Kent, Pat Flaherty, Alec Craig, Charles Irwin, James Cag
Matinee Classics - Mutiny on the Bounty starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson, Francis Lister, Spring Byington, Movita, Mamo Clark, Byron Russell, Percy Waram, David Torrence, John Harrington, Douglas Walton, Ian Wolfe, DeWitt Jennings, Ivan F. Simpson, Vernon Downing, Bill Bambridge, Marion Clayton Anderson, Stanley Fields, Wallis Clark, Crauford Kent, Pat Flaherty, Alec Craig, Charles Irwin, James Cag
Matinee Classics - Phantom Lady starring Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Aurora, Thomas Gomez, Fay Helm, Elisha Cook Jr., Andrew Tombes, Regis Toomey, Joseph Crehan, Doris Lloyd and Virginia Brissac
Matinee Classics - Reckless starring Nat Pendleton, Ted Healy, Man Mountain Dean, May Robson, William Powell, Mickey Rooney, Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Rosalind Russell, Allan Jones, Henry Stephenson, Robert Light, Louise Henry, James Ellison, Carl Randall, Nina Mae McKinney, Leon Ames and Allen 'Farina' Hoskins


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