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December 13, 2022

35 Vintage Portrait Photos of Franchot Tone in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1905 in Niagara Falls, New York, American actor Franchot Tone was a leading man in the 1930s and early 1940s, and at the height of his career was known for his gentlemanly sophisticate roles, with supporting roles by the 1950s. His acting crossed many genres including pre-Code romantic leads to noir layered roles and many World War I films.


Tone appeared as a guest star in episodes of several golden age television series, including The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour while continuing to act and produce in the theater and movies throughout the 1960s. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Midshipman Roger Byam in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), along with his co-stars Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, making it the only film to have three simultaneous Best Actor nominations, and leading to the creation of the Best Supporting Actor category.

In 1960, Tone received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the motion picture industry, located at 6558 Hollywood Blvd, on the south side of the 6500 block. A chain smoker, he died of lung cancer in New York City in 1968, aged 63. These vintage photos captured portraits of a young Franchot Tone in the 1930s and 1940s.







































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