Franchot Tone Overview:

Legendary actor, Franchot Tone, was born Stanislas Pascal Franchot Tone on Feb 27, 1905 in Niagara Falls, NY. Tone died at the age of 63 on Sep 18, 1968 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes scattered in unknown location.



Although Tone was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1935Best ActorMutiny on the Bounty (1935)Roger ByamNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

By Fan on Dec 9, 2016 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of

It's time for the 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide! This year's picks for that Franchot fan in your life (or, let's be honest, yourself!) are pictured above and include: Vintage tobacco card - Like many film stars, Franchot was featured on quite a few collectible tobacco cards in the... Read full article

The Gorgeous Hussy: Franchot & Politics

By Fan on Nov 7, 2016 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of

I'll conclude my Franchot & Politics series with a look at the 1936 film The Gorgeous Hussy. Directed by Clarence Brown and based on the 1934 novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams, The Gorgeous Hussy was a period piece designed for Joan Crawford in the part of Peggy Eaton. In addition to Crawford, the f... Read full article

Advise & Consent: Franchot & Politics

By Fan on Oct 30, 2016 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of

When I learned of Pop Culture Reverie's timely Hail to the Chief Blogathon, I knew I had to write about 's portrayal of the fictional U.S. president in Otto Preminger's 1962 drama Advise & Consent. Last costarring with Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman in 1951's Capra film Here Comes the G... Read full article

A Political Ancestry: Franchot & Politics

By Fan on Oct 22, 2016 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of

For this week's (belated) entry into my Franchot & Politics series, I'd like to share with you some biographical sketches on the political figures of Franchot's maternal family. Franchot's grandfather and great grandfather held Republican seats in the Senate and Congress, respectively. Franchot'... Read full article

Franchot Targeted in the Blacklist: Franchot & Politics

By Fan on Oct 14, 2016 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of

I think all classic film enthusiasts have some knowledge about the powerful and predatory House Un-American Activities Committee that used public threats and scare tactics to terrorize the film industry. It would be denounced by former President Truman in the late 50's and lose its control in the 60... Read full article

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Franchot Tone Quotes:

Sir Alan Dearden: Now look here, Bunny, you're a pretty good lawyer. At least, you would be if you hadn't so much money.

Lord Hood: Have you anything to say before the sentence of this court is passed upon you?
Byam: Milord, much as I desire to live, I'm not afraid to die. Since I first sailed on the Bounty over four years ago, I've know how men can be made to suffer worse things than death, cruelly, beyond duty, beyond necessity.
[turns to Captain Bligh]
Byam: Captain Bligh, you've told your story of mutiny on the Bounty, how men plotted against you, seized your ship, cast you adrift in an open boat, a great venture in science brought to nothing, two British ships lost. But there's another story, Captain Bligh, of ten cocoanuts and two cheeses. A story of a man who robbed his seamen, cursed them, flogged them, not to punish but to break their spirit. A story of greed and tyranny, and of anger against it, of what it cost.
[turns to Lord Hood]
Byam: One man, milord, would not endure such tyranny.
[turns again to Captain Bligh]
Byam: That's why you hounded him. That's why you hate him, hate his friends. And that's why you're beaten. Fletcher Christian's still free.
[back to Lord Hood]
Byam: Christian lost, too, milord. God knows he's judged himself more harshly than you could judge him.
[turns to Fletcher Christian's father]
Byam: I say to his father, "He was my friend. No finer man ever lived."
[addresses the court again]
Byam: I don't try to justify his crime, his mutiny, but I condemn the tyranny that drove 'im to it. I don't speak here for myself alone or for these men you condemn. I speak in their names, in Fletcher Christian's name, for all men at sea. These men don't ask for comfort. They don't ask for safety. If they could speak to you they'd say, "Let us choose to do our duty willingly, not the choice of a slave, but the choice of free Englishmen." They ask only the freedom that England expects for every man. If one man among you believe that - *one man* - he could command the fleets of England, He could sweep the seas for England. If he called his men to their duty not by flaying their backs, but by lifting their hearts... their... That's all.

Howard Malloy: Barbara was alive when I passed out. You must have come in here...
Sigmund Kosterich aka Siggy: No! Why would I have waited for you to awaken if I did?
Howard Malloy: Your fingerprints are on this gun.
Sigmund Kosterich aka Siggy: And so are yours.
Howard Malloy: Yeah, but I know I didn't kill her.

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Franchot Tone Facts
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.

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.

Ex-brother-in-law of Hal Le Sueur.

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