Ayres, Lew

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Ayres, Lew Gender: M
Lewis Frederick Ayer III
born on 28 December 1908 at 00:15 (= 12:15 AM )
Place Minneapolis, Minnesota, 44n59, 93w16
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Doane
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Lew Ayres


American actor onscreen from 1929. His films include the Oscar-winning "All Quiet on the Western Front," 1930 and "Johnny Belinda," 1948, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He originated the character Dr. Kildare on film in 1938.

As a youth, Ayres studied medicine at the University of Arizona, but the musical life called him, and he toured with bands as a banjo, piano and guitar player. His first important acting role was opposite Garbo in her last silent film, "The Kiss."

During WW II, Hollywood shunned him for being a conscientious objector; his reputation was restored when he served in the Army for 3 1/2 years as a medic and Chaplain's Assistant. He retired in 1953 for a worldwide spiritual quest of ten years, in which he made documentaries of the world's religions. Ayres later resumed a career in films and TV, but without his former acclaim. During the '90s he was still playing character roles in TV dramas.

Ayres made three marriages, to actresses Lola Lane (1931-33) and Ginger Rogers (1934-41). For 25 years he lived an almost ascetic life, painting, studying and traveling before his third marriage to much younger Diana Hall in 1964; his first child, Justin, was born when he was age 60, on 12/27/1968.

Ayres died quietly on 12/30/1996 after being in a coma for several days, Los Angeles, CA

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Benedict, Dirk (born 1 March 1945). Notes: Co-stars on "Battlestar Galactica"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Colicos, John (born 10 December 1928). Notes: Co-stars on "Battlestar Galactica"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Greene, Lorne (born 12 February 1915). Notes: Co-stars on "Battlestar Galactica"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Hatch, Richard (1945) (born 21 May 1945). Notes: Co-stars on "Battlestar Galactica"
  • spouse relationship with Rogers, Ginger (born 16 July 1911). Notes: Married 1934-1940


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1938 (Originated character of Dr. Kildare)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1948 (Johnny Belinda, Oscar nomination)
  • Work : Retired 1953 (For ten-year spiritual quest)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1964 (Diana Hall)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 27 December 1968 (Child born when he was 60)
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Source Notes

D.C. Doane quotes him


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Third wife much younger)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Parenting late more than 40 (At age 60)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Medic and Chaplain Ass't)
  • Vocation : Military : Pacifist/ Objector
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ eastern (Seeker)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Seeker)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book