The Info List - Alfred Lunt

Alfred Davis Lunt, Jr. (August 12, 1892 – August 3, 1977) was an American stage director and actor who had a long-time professional partnership with his wife, actress Lynn Fontanne. Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
was named for them. Lunt was one of 20th century Broadway's leading male stars.


1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Death 4 Legacy 5 Selected Broadway stage work 6 Selected film and TV appearances 7 Radio appearances 8 Sources 9 References 10 External links

Career[edit] Lunt received two Tony Awards, an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for 1931's The Guardsman and an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for the Hallmark Hall of Fame's production of The Magnificent Yankee. He became a star in 1919 as the buffoonish lead in Booth Tarkington's play, Clarence, but soon distinguished himself in a variety of roles. The roles ranged from the Earl of Essex in Maxwell Anderson's Elizabeth the Queen, to a song-and-dance man touring the Balkans in Robert E. Sherwood's Idiot's Delight, a megalomaniacal tycoon in S. N. Behrman's Meteor and Jupiter himself in Jean Giraudoux's Amphitryon 38. His appearances in classical drama were infrequent, but he scored successes in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
and Chekhov's The Seagull (in which Lunt played Trigorin, his wife played Arkadina, and Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
made her Broadway debut in the role of Nina). He was described by director and critic Harold Clurman as "universally acclaimed the finest American actor in the generation which followed John Barrymore; the Lunts are absolute angels." [1] Personal life[edit] Lunt was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
in 1892[2] to Alfred D. Lunt and Harriet Washburn Briggs. With the exception of his paternal grandmother, who was of Scottish descent, his ancestors were of colonial Maine and Massachusetts stock. His father was descendant of Henry Lunt, an early settler of Newbury, Massachusetts.[3] His mother had several New England ancestors, including Mayflower arrivals. After his father, who was in the lumber business, died in 1893, Alfred's mother remarried a Finnish-born physician, Dr. Karl Sederholm, and had another son and two daughters. The Sederholms eventually moved to Genesee Depot, in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Lunt later attended Carroll College in nearby Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Lunt and Fontanne in 1950.

He and his wife, Lynn Fontanne, whom he married on May 26, 1922, in New York City, were the pre-eminent Broadway acting couple of American history. Secure in their public image as a happily married couple, they could play adulterers, as in Robert Sherwood's Reunion in Vienna, or as part of a menage a trois in Noël Coward's Design for Living. (The latter, written for the Lunts, was so risqué, with its theme of bisexuality and a ménage à trois, that Coward premiered it in New York, knowing it would not survive the censor in London.) The Lunts appeared together in more than twenty plays. They also were featured, posthumously, on an American postage stamp. The couple made two films together The Guardsman (1931), in which they starred, and Stage Door Canteen (1943) in which they had cameos as themselves. In 1958 they retired from the stage.[4] They starred in several radio dramas for the Theatre Guild
Theatre Guild
in the 1940s, and starred in a few television productions in the 1950s and 1960s. Summers during their days of performing on stage and their subsequent retirement years were spent at their home "Ten Chimneys" at Genesee Depot in Lunt's home state of Wisconsin. In 1964, Lunt and Fontanne were presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson. Like Lynn Fontanne, Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
is represented in the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[5]

Lunt as he appears at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Death[edit] Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
died August 3, 1977, nine days before his 85th birthday, in Chicago
from cancer. He is buried next to his wife at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.[6] He was the third person for whom the house lights were dimmed in all Broadway theaters following his death.[7] Legacy[edit] Ten Chimneys, Lunt and Fontanne's estate in Genesee Depot, located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, is now a house museum and resource center for theater. The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
in New York was named in honor of Lunt and his wife. Lunt and Fontanne's on-stage/off-stage battling was the inspiration for the 1948 smash hit Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate. Selected Broadway stage work[edit]

Clarence (1919) The Guardsman (1924) Ned McCobb's Daughter (1926) The Second Man (1927) Caprice (1928) Elizabeth the Queen (1930) Meteor (1930) Design for Living
Design for Living
(1933) The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
(1935) Idiot's Delight (1936) Amphitryon 38
Amphitryon 38
(1937) The Seagull
The Seagull
(1938) There Shall Be No Night (1940) Candle in the Wind (1941) The Pirate (1942) O Mistress Mine (1946) I Know My Love (1949) Ondine (1954) Quadrille (1954) The Great Sebastians (1956) First Love (1961)

Selected film and TV appearances[edit]

As actor

Backbone (1923) The Ragged Edge (1923) Second Youth (1924) Sally of the Sawdust
Sally of the Sawdust
(1925) Lovers in Quarantine
Lovers in Quarantine
(1925) The Guardsman (1931) Producers' Showcase
Producers' Showcase
(TV anthology series) - episode The Great Sebastians (1957) The Magnificent Yankee, a presentation of TV's Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame

As himself

Stage Door Canteen (1943) Show Business at War
Show Business at War
(1943) The Ed Sullivan Show, at the time known as Toast of the Town (two appearances in 1951) The Dick Cavett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
- guest (1970)

Radio appearances[edit] The Lunts made multiple appearances on the radio series Theater Guild on the Air (also known as "United States Steel Hour"). These programs are hour-long adaptations of famous plays. The couple performed together eight times on the program, and each appeared three times without the other. Recordings of most of these episodes still exist unless noted presumed lost.

The Guardsman, 09/30/1945, Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne Elizabeth the Queen, 12/02/1945, Lunt, Fontanne Neb Cobb's Daughter, 12/09/45, Alfred Lunt, Shirley Booth The Second Man, 02/03/1946, Lunt, Peggy Conklin, Jessie Royce Landis The Show-Off, 03/03/1946, Lunt, Betty Garde, Helen Shields Call it a Day, 06/02/1946, Lunt, Fontanne The Great Adventure. A Play of Fancy in Four Acts, 01/05/1947, Lunt, Fontanne O Mistress Mine, 01/09/1949, Lunt, Fontanne (presumed lost) The Great Adventure (second performance), 11/20/1949, Lunt, Fontanne (presumed lost) There Shall Be No Night, 09/24/1950, Lunt, Fontanne (presumed lost) Pygmalion, 10/21/1951, Lunt, Fontanne


Artwork Originals Ten Chimneys
Ten Chimneys
Foundation - Timeline


^ Harold Clurman. The Collected Works. Ed. Marjory Loggia and Glenn Young. (New York: Applause Books, 1994): p. 890. ^ "Birth Record Details". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-07-23.  ^ Lunt, T.S. [1914] Lunt: a history of the Lunt family in America Salem Press Co. (via Internet Archive) pg. 90, Alfred #1036 ^ ""Lunt and Fontanne," Encyclopædia Britannica".  ^ "Theater Hall of Fame members".  ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Location 28984). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition. ^ Pollak, Michael (October 17, 2014). "A Brief History of Dimming the Lights on Broadway". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 

External links[edit]

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Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
on IMDb Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
and Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
Papers at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Every, Carolyn N. "Home life of the Lunts," Wisconsin Magazine of History, vol. 66, no. 3 (1982–1983) "Alfred Lunt". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 3, 2010.  Ten Chimneys

Awards for Alfred Lunt

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
(1955) Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
(1956) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1957) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1958) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1959) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1960) Maurice Evans (1961) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1962) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
(1963) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1964) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1965) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1966) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1967) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1968) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1969) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1970) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1971) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1972) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Anthony Murphy (1973) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1974) William Holden
William Holden
(1974) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1975) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1976) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1976) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1977) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1977) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1978) Michael Moriarty (1978) Peter Strauss (1979) Powers Boothe
Powers Boothe
(1980) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1983) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1984) Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
(1985) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1986) James Woods
James Woods
(1987) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1988) James Woods
James Woods
(1989) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1990) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1991) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1992) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1993) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1994) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Armand Assante
Armand Assante
(1997) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1998) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1999) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(2000) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2003) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2004) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2005) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(2006) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2014) Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
(2015) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Direction of a Play


Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1947) Joshua Logan (1948) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan


José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Joshua Logan (1953) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1954) Robert Montgomery (1955) Tyrone Guthrie (1956) Vincent J. Donehue (1958) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan


Arthur Penn
Arthur Penn
(1960) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1961) Noel Willman
Noel Willman
(1962) Alan Schneider (1963) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1964) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1965) Peter Brook
Peter Brook
(1966) Peter Hall (1967) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1968) Peter Dews (1969)


Joseph Hardy (1970) Peter Brook
Peter Brook
(1971) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1972) A. J. Antoon (1973) José Quintero
José Quintero
(1974) John Dexter (1975) Ellis Rabb (1976) Gordon Davidson (1977) Melvin Bernhardt (1978) Jack Hofsiss (1979)


Vivian Matalon (1980) Peter Hall (1981) Trevor Nunn and John Caird (1982) Gene Saks (1983) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1984) Gene Saks (1985) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1986) Lloyd Richards (1987) John Dexter (1988) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks


Frank Galati (1990) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1991) Patrick Mason (1992) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(1993) Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry
(1994) Gerald Gutierrez (1995) Gerald Gutierrez (1996) Anthony Page (1997) Garry Hynes (1998) Robert Falls (1999)


Michael Blakemore (2000) Daniel J. Sullivan (2001) Mary Zimmerman
Mary Zimmerman
(2002) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
(2003) Jack O'Brien (2004) Doug Hughes (2005) Nicholas Hytner (2006) Jack O'Brien (2007) Anna D. Shapiro (2008) Matthew Warchus
Matthew Warchus


Michael Grandage (2010) Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris (2011) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2012) Pam MacKinnon (2013) Kenny Leon
Kenny Leon
(2014) Marianne Elliott (2015) Ivo van Hove
Ivo van Hove
(2016) Rebecca Taichman (2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline

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Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award

Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
(1935) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1936) Maurice Evans (1937) Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
(1938) Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
(1939) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1940) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1941) Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
(1942) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1943) Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
(1944) Mady Christians
Mady Christians
(1945) Louis Calhern
Louis Calhern
(1946) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
(1948) Robert Morley
Robert Morley
(1949) Grace George
Grace George
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Josephine Hull (1954) Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1955) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1956) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Cyril Ritchard
Cyril Ritchard
(1959) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1960) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
(1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1969) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1970) Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1971) Eileen Atkins / Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Wood (1975) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1976) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1977) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1978) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1979) Roy Scheider
Roy Scheider
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea
(1982) Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
/ Kate Nelligan (1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea
(1993) Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1996) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
/ Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
/ Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(2001) Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2006) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Ben Platt (2017)

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New York Drama Critics Award for Best Actor

Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1943) Elliott Nugent (1944) Frank Fay (1945) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1946) Dudley Digges/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Paul Kelly (1948)

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