Lew Ayres
Date of Birth
Dec 28, 1908
Birth Place:
Minneapolis, MN


The son of a court reporter, actor Lew Ayres began his performing career upon high school graduation when he attempted to make a living as a banjo player. Ayres' college-boy good looks led to extra work in the movies, and before he was 21 the young actor was starring opposite Greta Garbo in The Kiss (1929). Director Lewis Milestone, recognizing Ayres' natural talent and precocious self-confidence,...