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July 29, 2014

LOUIS HAYWARD

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Only the most passionate of movie fans will remember actor Louis Hayward. In the 1930s the suave British actor was noted for his swashbuckling appearances in such escapist Hollywood fare as The Son of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask and Anthony Adverse.

Hayward was born in South Africa and sent to England for his education. His matinee-idol looks brought him into show-business where he starred in several British plays and early talkie films. Eventually arriving in the States he was quickly placed under contract to Warner Brothers.

The actor free-lanced for all the major studios where he starred mostly in B-movies, landing an occasional ‘A’ production. In what could have been a career boost, his role in Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons was edited out of the final print.

Hayward never reached the true level of stardom he deserved. He made some interesting pictures like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Ladies in Retirement (both with then-wife Ida Lupino) and Dance, Girl, Dance with Lucille Ball.

He spent his remaining years in show-business capitalizing on his swashbuckler reputation in Sam Katzman nonsense like The Black Arrow. He entered television and appeared frequently on the new medium.

He died February 21, 1985 at the age of 75 in Palm Springs, California.

 






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