Louis Hayward

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Louis Hayward
Louis Hayward in Anthony Adverse trailer.jpg
Louis Hayward in Anthony Adverse
Born Louis Charles Hayward
(1909-03-19)19 March 1909
Johannesburg, South Africa
Died 21 February 1985(1985-02-21) (aged 75)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Cause of death lung cancer
Occupation Stage, film and television actor
Years active 1932–1974
Spouse(s) Ida Lupino
(m.1938–1945; divorced)
Peggy Morrow Field
(m.1946–1950; divorced)
June Hanson
(m.1953–1985; his death) (1 son)
Children Dana Hayward (1950–2007)[1]
Awards Bronze Star Medal

Louis Charles Hayward (19 March 1909 – 21 February 1985) was a British actor born in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Born in Johannesburg, Louis Hayward lived in South Africa and was educated in France and England, including Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London.[2] He spent some time managing a night club but wanted to act and bought into a stock company. He became a protege of Noël Coward and began appearing in London in plays such as Dracula and Another Language. He started being cast in some British films of the early 1930s.[citation needed]

Move to US[edit]

Hayward came to Broadway in 1935 with a production of Noël Coward's Point Valaine working with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.[3] The play only ran a short time, after which Hayward received an offer from MGM to appear in The Flame Within.[4]

He followed this with the male lead in A Feather in Her Hat for Columbia.[5]

He gained attention in the prologue of Anthony Adverse (1936). He was then cast as the first screen incarnation of Simon Templar in Leslie Charteris' The Saint in New York (1938).

Film stardom[edit]

In 1938 he starred in The Duke of West Point for producer Edward Small who signed him to make three films over the next five years, meaning he was unable to reprise his part as the Saint. Instead, Small cast him in a dual role in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) as well as The Son of Monte Cristo (1940).

He became an American citizen in December 1941.[6]

War service[edit]

During World War II, Hayward enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in July 1942.[7] He commanded a photographic unit that filmed the Battle of Tarawa in a documentary titled With the Marines at Tarawa—winner of the 1944 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Hayward was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.[8] While off-duty in New Zealand he "went under the name of 'Captain Richards' to avoid the rush of the ladies" as recalled by a waiter at a Wellington restaurant, the Green Parrot.[9]

Return to Hollywood[edit]

Returning to Hollywood, he played Philip Lombard in the 1945 film version of And Then There Were None (1945).[6] He continued to make swashbuckler films.

In April 1950, he told a court he was earning $150,000 a year.[10]

Hayward made several television appearances in the 1950s. He starred in the 1954 syndicated television series The Lone Wolf and the 1961 British television series The Pursuers. Hayward's other television work includes a role as a judge in an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour titled Day of Reckoning (22 November 1962).[6]

In 1959, he was driving a car when it was hit by a driverless car and he sought $75,000 in damages.[11]

Hayward's work onstage included Noël Coward's Conversation Piece and, in the early 1960s, the national tour of Camelot in which he appeared as King Arthur.[12] Hayward retired from acting in the 1970s.

For his contributions to the motion picture and television industries, Hayward was honored in 1960 with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 and 1680 Vine Street, respectively.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Hayward married actress/director Ida Lupino on 17 November 1938 in a quiet civil ceremony held in the Santa Barbara courthouse. After he returned from the war he was drastically different, which caused a strain in the marriage. They were divorced in 1945. He then met Peggy Morrow and after dating for a while they married on 29 May 1946. They divorced four years later on 13 March 1950. Louis Hayward had one son, Dana (who died in 2007) with his third wife, June Hanson (who died in 1998). He was posthumously reported to have had a long-standing intimate relationship with playwright/screenwriter Noël Coward in biographies of the latter.[15][16][17]


Louis Hayward died on 21 February 1985 at the age of 75 in Palm Springs, California from lung cancer.[18] He had stated that his more than five-decade-long habit of smoking three packs of cigarettes daily was the likely cause of his cancer, while spending the final year of his life fighting the disease.[19]

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. ^ "Dana Hayward's Obituary on Santa Cruz Sentinel". Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Latymer Upper School; A History of the School and its Foundation, Nigel Watson
  3. ^ League, The Broadway. "Point Valaine – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB". Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Louis Hayward Role Wall Street Journal (1923 - Current file) [New York, N.Y] 14 June 1935: 11.
  5. ^ Louis Hayward Longs for Adventurous Life Kingsley, Grace. Los Angeles Times (1923–Current File) [Los Angeles, California] 6 March 1939, p. 20.
  6. ^ a b c Louis Hayward on IMDb
  7. ^ Louis Hayward Joins Marines New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 12 July 1942: 11
  8. ^ Tarawa documentary won Academy Award – Marine Corps Community for USMC Veterans, leatherneck.com; accessed 21 September 2014.
  9. ^ Bioletti, Harry The Yanks are Coming: the American Invasion of New Zealand 1942–1944 (1989, Century Hutchison); ISBN 1-86941-034-3, p. 69
  10. ^ Wife Divorces Louis Hayward Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 14 Mar 1950: 21.
  11. ^ LOUIS HAYWARD ASKS $75,000 IN ACCIDENT Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 Aug 1960: 10.
  12. ^ Louis Hayward at the Internet Broadway Database
  13. ^ Hollywood Walk of Fame
  14. ^ L.A. Times Hollywood Star Walk
  15. ^ Morley, Sheridan (2005). Coward (Life & Times). Haus Publishing. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-904341-88-8. 
  16. ^ The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. Columbia University Press. 2007. p. 296. ISBN 978-0-231-14032-4. 
  17. ^ Hoare, Philip Hoare (1995). Noel Coward: A Biography. Simon & Schuster. p. 273. ISBN 0-684-80937-0. 
  18. ^ Louis Hayward, South African–American Actor dies
  19. ^ "Actor Louis Hayward dead at age 75". The Tuscaloosa News. 22 February 1985. p. 17. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 

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