Star from the 1935 film, Mutiny for the Bounty, who was simply was nominated for the Academy Honor for Best Acting professional. He made an appearance on various well-known Television shows in the 1960s, like the Twilight Area, Bonanza, as well as the Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He was created into a rich family members in Niagara Falls, NY. He received wide-spread acclaim for his portrayal of Lieutenant Forsythe in The Lives of the Bengal Lancer. He wedded Joan Crawford in 1935, plus they divorced four years later on. They produced seven films collectively. He starred along with his wife Joan Crawford and Clark Gable and in the 1933 film, Dance Lady.
Full Name Rob Stone
Date Of Birth February 27, 1905
Place Of Birth Niagra Falls, NY
Height 1.78 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Cornell University
Spouse Dolores Dorn, Barbara Payton, Jean Wallace, Joan Crawford
Children Thomas Jefferson Tone, Pascal Franchot Tone
Movies Mutiny on the Bounty, Dancing Lady, Phantom Lady, Five Graves to Cairo, Sadie McKee, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The Bride Wore Red, Today We Live, Advise & Consent, The Man on the Eiffel Tower, Three Comrades, Quality Street, The Girl from Missouri, The Wiser Sex, Dangerous, In Harm's Way, Lost Honeymoon, No More Ladies, The Gorgeous Hussy, Love on the Run, Every Girl Should Be Married, Gabriel Over the White House, Bombshell, Midnight Mary, I Love Trouble, Dark Waters, Nice Girl?, Man-Proof, The Unguarded Hour, Pilot #5, Here Comes the Groom, Her Husband's Affairs, Nobody Runs Forever, The Stranger's Return, The World Moves On, Mickey One, Three Loves Has Nancy, They Gave Him a Gun, Suzy, Trail of the Vigilantes, Jigsaw, His Butler's Sister, The King Steps Out, The Hour Before the Dawn, Without Honor, Gentlemen Are Born, The Girl Downstairs, Because of Him, Between Two Women, Exclusive Story, Stage Mother
TV Shows Ben Casey
Star Sign Pisces
Franchot Tone has the distinction of co-starring (with Ann Sothern) in the first American film to play in newly-liberated Copenhagen (May, 1945), following Denmark's five-year German occupation in World War II; the film is 1939's "Fast and furious".
In his later years, he was plagued by illness, and his ex-wife, Joan Crawford, helped care for him. The pair had remained friends long after their divorce. When he died, and in accordance with his wishes, Crawford arranged to have his ashes scattered over Muskoka Lake in Canada, close to his beloved home.
In an interview congratulating Joan Crawford on having three of her four husbands simultaneously join her for lunch, Tone's name was pronounced with a silent T.
Personal favorite of the films he starred in was The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935).
Spent most of his summer vacations at an old family home in Point Comfort, Quebec, where he would hunt and fish.
Franchot Tone was one of the original members of the Group Theater (1931-1940), the first acting company in America to bring Stanislavski's revolutionary acting techniques to America. He was also the first to leave the company for a Hollywood contract. A few years later another company member, Julie Garfinkle (John Garfield), followed Tone to Hollywood. Both movie stars considered their days at the Group the most satisfying years of their lives, and both continued to subsidize the theater's productions until the Group Theater's demise.
Following his Sept. 13, 1951, beating at the hands of Tom Neal over the affections of starlet Barbara Payton, Tone was hospitalized for almost a week and needed plastic surgery to repair his badly damaged face.
He attended The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Cornell University (where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1927); and Rennes University in France.
He is related to Theobald Wolfe Tone, a famous Irish patriot.
His father was Dr. Frank Jerome (J.) Tone, a pioneer in the electrochemistry field. He was once the president of the Carborundum Company of America. Franchot's brother, Frank Jerome "Jerry" Tone, Jr., also worked for Carborundum. His mother was Gertrude Van Vrancken Franchot Tone, who was of Dutch American, Scottish and French ancestry.
He is responsible for the establishment of the Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories in the Academy Awards, owing to his supporting performance (and subsequent Best Actor nomination) in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
His two sons with Jean Wallace are Pascal Franchot Tone and Thomas Jefferson Tone.