Lew Ayres was an American film and television actor. He is best known for playing German soldier Paul Baumer in the movie All Quiet on the Western Front and Dr. Kildare in nine Dr. Kildare movies franchises. He was nominated in Best Actor in 21st Academy Award.
Lewis Frederick Ayres III was born on 28th December 1908 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. He belonged to white ethnicity and his birth sign was Capricorn.
Lew is firstborn of Irma Bevernick and Luis Ayres. His mom divorced when he was four, and married to William Gilmore. He had half brother and sister living in San Diego California.
After his high school, he started a small band and traveled to Mexico and later returned to pursue an acting career. At the same time, he worked full-time musician and played for the various band including Henry Halstead Orchestra.
From which he got an opportunity to recorded music for Vita phone shorts movie called Carnival Night in Paris for Warner Brothers in 1927.
Lewis Ayres was married three times in his life. Firstly, he married actress Lola Lane on 15th September 1931. He was living with his wife for two years and got divorced on 3rd February 1933.
He doesn't have a child from his first marriage.
He then married actress Ginger Rogers on 14th November 1934. The couple lived together of 7 years and divorced on 20th March 1941 with mutual consent.
He married for the third time to British airline flight attendant Diana Hall on 7th February 1964. The actor had one child Justin Ayres from his third marriage.
The couple lived a happy life until the death of actor Lew Ayres in 1996.
Lew Ayres died on December 30, 1996 at the age of 87, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. His body was covered under a straightforward tombstone at Westwood Memorial Park in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.
The American actor had been in a coma for several days, his wife Diana and son Justin took care of him. But unfortunately, the actor left the world just after two days of his 88th birthday.
Lew Ayres had an estimated net worth of $18 million at the time of his death. A major source of income was from his acting career in films and series.
His movie The dark mirror collects $2,750,000 in a box office in 1946. He also appeared in 1938 Young Dr. Kildare which become a success and was made 8 sequels movie with the same character Dr. Kildare.
American actor started his career in the movie The Kiss playing opposite Greta Garbo. He got his major role in the movie All Quiet on the Western Front. After this movie, he was in a contract with a Universal picture.
MGM put him under contract for the role of Dr. James Kildare for their upcoming movies series, for which he had appeared in 9 films with role Dr. Kildare until 1942.
He served as a First Aid instructor in the United States Army for many years and after the second world war end, he returned and resumed his career but never reached the peak as he was in his early time.
He was nominated for Best Actor in Academy Award for his work in Johnny Belinda in 1948.
Lew has installed two stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, motion picture star at 6385 Hollywood Boulevard and radio star at 1724 Vine Street. These honors are given to people who have continued work in the Hollywood industry.
Lew Ayres was an American actor.
Lew Ayres was born on 28th December 1908.
He had an estimated net worth of $ 18 million.
Lew Ayres died on 30th December 1996 after two days of his 88th birthday.