Franchot Tone

Birth Name: Stanislaus Pascal Franchot Tone

Date of Birth: February 27, 1905

Place of Birth: Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: September 18, 1968

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, Dutch, French

Franchot Tone was an American actor, producer, and director. He was a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. His roles include the films Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Between Two Women, The Girl Downstairs, Fast and Furious (1939), Phantom Lady, and The Man on the Eiffel Tower, and television’s The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He co-directed the film Uncle Vanya (1957).

He was the son of Gertrude Van Vranken (Franchot), a socialite, and Dr. Frank Jerome Tone, who was president of the Carborundum Company. His family was upper-class. He had two children with his former wife, actress and model Jean Wallace.

Franchot’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Jefferson Tone (the son of John Tone and Electa/Electra Hubbard). Thomas was born in New York. John was the son of John Andrew Tone and Margaret Manahan. Electa was the daughter of Ithiel Hubbard and Mary Gains.

Franchot’s paternal grandmother was named Catherine Delia “Kate” Spafford/Stafford (the daughter of Sumner Spafford).

Franchot’s maternal grandfather was Stanislas Pascal Franchot (the son of Richard Hansen Franchot and Ann Van Vranken). Stanislas was born in New York. Richard was the son of Stanislas Franchot and Catharina Hansen.

Franchot’s maternal grandmother was Annie Powers Eells (the daughter of David Edward/Edwards Eells and Ester/Hester Ann Wiltberger). Annie was born in Kentucky.

Source: Genealogy of Franchot Tone –


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  1. Alice says:

    Franchot was a descendant of the great Irish revoluntary Wolfe Tone. I loved the episode of The Virginian with Franchot Tone as the grandfather to Billy Mumy who was famous as Bill Robinson in Lost In Space.

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