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Name: Franchot Tone  
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Date of Birth: 27th February 1905
Place of Birth: Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Profession: Actor
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Franchot Tone

Franchot Tone (February 27, 1905 – September 18, 1968) was an American actor.

He was born Stanislas Pascal Franchot Tone in Niagara Falls, New York, eldest son of Dr. Frank Jerome Tone, the president of the Carborundum Company, and his wife, Gertrude Franchot.

President of the Dramatic Club at Cornell University, he went to Hollywood in 1932, achieving fame in 1933, when he made seven movies in a single year. In 1935 he starred in Mutiny on the Bounty (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer and Dangerous opposite Bette Davis.

He was married October 11, 1935 in New Jersey to actress Joan Crawford; they were divorced in 1939. He married and divorced three more times: to fashion model turned actress Jean Wallace (1941–48, two sons; she next married Cornel Wilde), actress Barbara Payton (1951–52) (which resulted in his being physically assaulted by Payton's one-time lover, Tom Neal), and finally to the much younger actress Dolores Dorn (1956–59).

He worked steadily through the 1940s without breaking through as a major star. In the 1950s he moved to television and returned to Broadway, where he had begun his career. He co-starred in the Ben Casey medical series from 1965 to 1966 as Casey's supervisor.

He died of lung cancer in New York City at the age of 63. According to a biography of his ex-wife Joan Crawford, he stayed with Crawford at her apartment and she tended to him despite her own final illness. According to a visitor who asked who the man in the wheelchair was, Crawford replied: "Him? That's Franchot". His remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered.

Franchot Tone has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6558 Hollywood Blvd.

Notable film and television appearances

  • I Love Trouble (1948)
  • Phantom Lady (1944)
  • Dark Waters (1944)
  • Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
  • Fast and Furious (1939)
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
  • Moulin Rouge (1934)
  • The Twilight Zone playing Taylor in episode: The Silence
  • Ben Casey TV series playing Dr. Daniel Niles Freeland (1965-1966)

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