Louis Hayward was born in Johannesburg on 19 March 1909. He went to study in England where he met playwright Noel Coward who became his patron. He starred in a few British films before he left for New York and Broadway and later Hollywood. After several supporting roles, Hayward finally started landing leading roles. He starred in films such as The man in the iron mask and The Son of Monte Cristo.
Sadly, his career started to decline as several of his films flopped in the box office, leading him to turn to television instead. In the 1970s Hayward retired from acting, not having achieved the success he had hoped for. He died from lung cancer on 21 February 1985 in Palm Springs, California. He had been married three times and had one son.;
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