Louis Hayward

Louis Hayward

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.
Occupation 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 South African-born English actor.


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.

Hayward came to Broadway in 1935 with a production of Noël Coward's Point Valaine working with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.[3] It only ran a short time, after which Hayward moved to Hollywood.[4] He started getting work almost immediately, gaining great 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.

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. However Small cast him in a dual role in The Man in the Iron Mask as well as The Son of Monte Cristo (1940). He had a small role in The Magnificent Ambersons (1941) which was cut out. He became an American citizen in December 1941.[5]

War service

During World War II, Hayward enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and 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[6] 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.[7]

Return to Hollywood

Returning to Hollywood, he played Philip Lombard in the 1945 film version of And Then There Were None.[5] He continued to make swashbuckler films. In the 1950s Hayward made large numbers of television appearances. 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, "Day of Reckoning" (original air date 22 November 1962), of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour.[5]

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.[8] Hayward retired from acting in the 1970s.

Personal life

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.[9][10][11]


Louis Hayward died in Palm Springs, California, from lung cancer, aged 75, blaming his illness on a five-decade habit of smoking three packs of cigarettes daily. At the actor's request, there was no funeral or memorial service.[12]

Selected filmography



  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 Longs for Adventurous Life Kingsley, Grace. Los Angeles Times (1923–Current File) [Los Angeles, California] 6 March 1939, p. 20.
  5. 1 2 3 Louis Hayward at the Internet Movie Database
  6. Tarawa documentary won Academy Award – Marine Corps Community for USMC Veterans, leatherneck.com; accessed 21 September 2014.
  7. Bioletti, Harry The Yanks are Coming: the American Invasion of New Zealand 1942–1944 (1989, Century Hutchison); ISBN 1-86941-034-3, p. 69
  8. Louis Hayward at the Internet Broadway Database
  9. Morley, Sheridan (2005). Coward (Life & Times). Haus Publishing. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-904341-88-8.
  10. The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. Columbia University Press. 2007. p. 296. ISBN 978-0-231-14032-4.
  11. Hoare, Philip Hoare (1995). Noel Coward: A Biography. Simon & Schuster. p. 273. ISBN 0-684-80937-0.
  12. "Actor Louis Hayward dead at age 75". The Tuscaloosa News. 22 February 1985. p. 17. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
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