Lunt, Alfred

(1892-1977)
   Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Alfred David Lunt attended Carroll College to study architecture, but instead he became an actor. He appeared in stock with Boston's Castle Square Theatre and toured with Lillie Langtry and Margaret Anglin. He had his first Broadway part in a failure, Romance and Arabella (1917), but won acclaim in the title role of Booth Tarkington's Clarence (1919). When he married actress Lynn Fontanne in 1922, they began working together almost exclusively, first in a revival of Sweet Nell of Old Drury (1923) and the next year in their first dual triumph in Ferenc Molnar's The Guardsman (1924), appearing in a 1931 motion picture version, their only significant screen appearance. In a few rare solo roles, Lunt was well-received as Mr. Prior in Sutton Vane's Outward Bound (1924), as bootlegger Babe Callahan in Sidney Howard's Ned McCobb's Daughter (1926), and as Marco Polo in Eugene O'Neill's Marco Millions (1928), among others.
   In the 1920s, Lunt and Fontanne began a long string of critical and commercial successes establishing them as the greatest acting couple in the history of the American theatre, admired for their individual gifts and the skill with which they worked together. Their major joint appearances include a revival of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man (1925), C. K. Munro's At Mrs. Beam's (1926), Jacques Copeau and Jean Croue's adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov (1927), S. N. Behrman's The Second Man (1927), Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma (1927), Sil-Vara's Caprice (1928), and Behrman's Meteor (1929). From 1930 to the late 1950s, their careers continued unabated from Elizabeth the Queen* (1930) to Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit (1958). Lunt also directed many of their vehicles, as well as Candle in the Wind* (1941), Ondine* (1954), and First Love* (1961). Lunt and Fontanne were respected for their exacting professionalism and for the exhausting tours they did, bringing the finest plays and acting of the period to all corners of the United States.

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  • Lunt,Alfred — Lunt (lŭnt), Alfred. 1893 1977. American actor who performed with his wife Lynn Fontanne in many stage productions, including Pygmalion (1926) and Quadrille (1952 1955). * * * …   Universalium

  • Lunt, Alfred and Lynn Fontanne — orig. Lillie Louise Fontanne born Aug. 19, 1892, Milwaukee, Wis., U.S. died Aug. 3, 1977, Chicago, Ill. born Dec. 6, 1887, Essex, Eng. died July 30, 1983, Genesee Depot, Wis. U.S. acting team. Lunt made his acting debut in Boston in 1912 and… …   Universalium

  • Lunt, Alfred y Lynn Fontanne — orig. Lillie Louise Fontanne (19 ago. 1892, Milwaukee, Wis., EE.UU.–3 ago. 1977, Chicago, Ill.) (6 dic. 1887, Essex, Inglaterra–30 jul. 1983, Genesee Depot, Wis.). Dúo actoral estadounidense. Lunt debutó en el teatro en Boston en 1912 y… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Alfred Lunt — fotografiado por Carl Van Vechten en 1932 Nombre real Alfred Davis Lunt, Jr. Nacimiento 12 de agosto de 1892 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Lunt — [lunt] Alfred 1893 1977; U.S. actor: see also FONTANNE Lynn …   English World dictionary

  • Alfred — /al fred, frid/, n. a male given name: from the Old English words meaning elf and counsel. * * * I known as Alfred the Great born 849 died 899 King of Wessex (871–99) in southwestern England. He joined his brother Ethelred I in confronting a… …   Universalium

  • Alfred — (as used in expressions) Adler, Alfred Ayer, Sir A(lfred) J(ules) Binet, Alfred Birney, (Alfred) Earle Blalock, Alfred Brauchitsch, (Heinrich Alfred) Walther von Alfred Bryant Renton Leonard Alfred Schneider Alfred Gerald Caplin Cerf, Bennett… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Alfred Lunt — im Jahr 1932, fotografiert von Carl van Vechten Alfred Lunt (* 12. August 1892 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; † 3. August 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) war ein US amerikanischer Film und …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alfred Lunt — En 1932 (Collection Carl Van Vechten) Données clés Naissance …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lunt (disambiguation) — Lunt may also refer to:* Lunt Fort , a Roman fort in the province of Britannia. * Alfred Lunt , an American Tony Award winning stage director and actor. * Lunt Fontanne Theatre , a Broadway theatre located in Manhattan. * Lunt Solar Systems , a… …   Wikipedia

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