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January 23, 2023

40 Handsome Portrait Photos of Lew Ayres in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1908 in Minneapolis, American actor Lew Ayres was cast to play opposite Greta Garbo in The Kiss (1929), but it was his leading role in the original version of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) that made him a star, secured him a contract with Universal—and made him a conscientious objector to World War II.

Ayres’ film and television career spanned 65 years. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Johnny Belinda (1948). Serving for three and a half years in the Medical Corps, he was awarded three battle stars. After the war, he resumed his career and made scores of movies, but never reached the peak of his early Hollywood stardom, except when he was nominated for an Oscar.

In 1960, Ayres was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with two stars. His motion pictures star is located at 6385 Hollywood Boulevard while his radio star is located at 1724 Vine Street. He died in 1996, aged 88. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young and handsome Lew Ayres in the 1930s and 1940s.


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