|Franchot Tone Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||February 27, 1905|
|Date of Death||September 18, 1968|
Franchot Tone was an American actor, producer, and director of stage, film, and television who was known for his appearance in The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. On the other hand, Tone was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Actor” for his portrayal of Midshipman Roger Byam in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) starring alongside the likes of Clark Gable and Charles Laughton.
Stanislaus Pascal Franchot Tone
Franchot Tone was born on February 27, 1905.
Franchot Tone died on September 18, 1968, at the age of 63, due to cancer in New York City, New York, United States.
Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Franhcot studied at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Later, he graduated from Cornell University in 1927.
Actor, Producer, Director
- Father – Dr. Frank Jerome Tone (President of the Carborundum Company)
- Mother – Gertrude Van Vrancken Franchot (Socialite)
- Siblings – Frank Jerome Tone, Jr. (Brother)
- Other – Theobald Wolfe Tone aka “Wolfe Tone” (A Distant Relative) (Leading Irish revolutionary figure, Founding member in Belfast and Dublin of the United Irishmen)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
81 kg or 178.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Franchot had dated –
- Bette Davis
- Olivia de Havilland
- Lucille Ball
- Joan Crawford (1935-1939) – Tone tied the knot with actress Joan Crawford but divorced in 1939. Together, the couple made seven films – Today We Live (1933), Dancing Lady (1933), Sadie McKee (1934), No More Ladies (1935), The Gorgeous Hussy (1936), Love on the Run (1936), and The Bride Wore Red (1937). All of Crawford and Franchot’s attempts to have children ended in miscarriage.
- Jean Wallace (1941-1948) – He married fashion model-turned-actress Jean Wallace in 1941. They appeared together in the films Jigsaw and The Man on the Eiffel Tower. Together, the couple has two sons and legally parted ways in 1948.
- Barbara Payton (1951-1952) – His relationship with actress Barbara Payton made headlines in 1951 after he was knocked unconscious for 18 hours and sustained numerous facial injuries after he got into a fistfight with actor Tom Neal, who also sought the attention of Payton.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor (1955) – In 1955, he had a brief dalliance with the famous socialite and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who is best remembered for appearing in popular films like Touch of Evil (1958), Moulin Rouge (1952), Lili (1953), etc.
- Dolores Dorn (1956-1959) – He married film and television actress Dolores Dorn in 1956. They appeared in a film version of Uncle Vanya (1957) that had been directed and produced by Tone. The couple legally parted ways in 1959.
Race / Ethnicity
Franchot was of French Canadian, Irish, and English ancestry.
Franchot Tone Favorite Things
- Film Of All-Time – The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935).
Franchot Tone Facts
- He was one of the founding members called The Group Theatre based in New York City.
- While at Cornell University, he was elected as the president of the drama club and acted in productions of Shakespeare. He was also elected to the Sphinx Head Society and was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.
- After completing his graduation, Franchot dropped out of his family business and instead decided to start a career in theater and later relocated to Greenwich Village, New York.
- Franchot was a chain smoker. This eventually led to him developing lung cancer which ultimately ended his life on September 18, 1968. His ashes were interred in the Point Comfort Cemetery of Quebec, Canada on July 24, 2022.
- He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960, which is located at 6558 Hollywood Blvd, on the south side of the 6500 block.
Featured Image By Trailer screenshot / Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 film) / Public Domain