1905

  • Born in Niagara Falls, New York on February 27
  • Future wife Joan Crawford born on March 23 (her birth year has been disputed)

1923

  • Future wife Jean Wallace born on October 12

1927

  • Graduates from Cornell University
  • Future wife Barbara Payton born on November 16
  • Appears in the plays The Belt and Centuries

1928

  • Appears in the plays Centuries, The International, and The Age of Innocence

1929

  • Appears in the plays The Age of Innocence, Uncle Vanya, Cross Roads, and Red Rust

1930

  • Appears in the plays Red Rust, Hotel Universe, and Pagan Lady

1931

  • Appears in the plays Pagan Lady, Green Grow the Lilacs, The House of Connelly, and 1931

1932

  • Appears in the plays Night Over Taos, A Thousand Summers, and Success Story
  • Makes screen debut in The Wiser Sex

1933

  • Appears in the films Today We Live, Gabriel Over the White House, Midnight Mary, The Stranger's Return, Stage Mother, Bombshell, and Dancing Lady
  • Appears in the play Success Story

1934

  • Future wife Dolores Dorn born on March 3
  • Appears in the films Moulin Rouge, Sadie McKee, The World Moves On, The Girl From Missouri, Straight is the Way, and Gentlemen are Born

1935

  • Marries Joan Crawford on October 11
  • Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Appears in the films The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, One New York Night, Reckless, No More Ladies, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Dangerous

1936

  • Appears in the films Exclusive Story, The Unguarded Hour, The King Steps Out, Suzy, The Gorgeous Hussy, and Love on the Run

1937

  • Appears in the films Quality Street, They Gave Him a Gun, Between Two Women, and The Bride Wore Red

1938

  • Appears in the films Man-Proof, Love is a Headache, Three Comrades, Three Loves Has Nancy, and The Girl Downstairs

1939

  • Divorces Joan Crawford
  • Appears in the film Fast and Furious
  • Appears in the play The Gentle People

1940

  • Appears in the film Trail of the Vigilantes
  • Appears in the play The Fifth Column

1941

  • Marries Jean Wallace
  • Appears in the films Nice Girl?, She Knew All the Answers, and This Woman is Mine

1942

  • Appears in the films Star-Spangled Rhythm and The Wife Takes a Flyer

1943

  • Appears in the films Five Graves to Cairo, Pilot No. 5, His Butler's Sister, and True to Life
  • Son Pascal "Pat" Tone born on July 29

1944

  • Appears in the films Phantom Lady, The Hour Before the Dawn, and Dark Waters

1945

  • Son Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Tone born on September 16
  • Appears in the film That Night With You
  • Appears in the play Hope for the Best

1946

  • Appears in the film Because of Him

1947

  • Appears in the films Lost Honeymoon, Honeymoon, Her Husband's Affairs

1948

  • Divorces Jean Wallace
  • Appears in the films I Love Trouble and Every Girl Should Be Married

1949

  • Appears in the films Jigsaw, The Man on the Eiffel Tower, and Without Honor

1950

  • Appears in the "Walk the Dark Streets" production of the Studio One in Hollywood television series
  • Appears in the "Black Bronze" episode of the Suspense television series
  • Appears in the "Goodnight, Please" production of the Lux Video Theatre television series
  • Appears in the "Murder at the Stork Club" production of The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse television series

1951

  • Involved in a heavily-publicized fight with Tom Neal over fiancĂ© Barbara Payton on September 13 (resulting in a hospital stay and surgeries)
  • Marries Barbara Payton on September 28
  • Appears in the film Here Comes the Groom
  • Appears in the "Lunch at Disalvo's" production of the Starlight Theatre television series
  • Appears in "The Great Filson Bequest" episode of the Danger television series

1952

  • Divorces Barbara Payton
  • Appears in the "All Hallow's Eve" episode of the Suspense television series
  • Appears in "The Horn" and "The Diamond Lens" episodes of the Tales of Tomorrow television series
  • Appears in the "Blood Relation" episode of the Lights Out television series

1953

  • Appears in the play Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
  • Appears in the "Temptation" production of The Philip Morris Playhouse television series
  • Appears in the "One Summer's Rain" production of The Revlon Mirror Theater television series
  • Appears in the "Legal Affair" episode of the Hollywood Opening Night television series

1954

  • Appears in the play Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
  • Appears in the "Twelve Angry Men" production of the Studio One in Hollywood television series
  • Appears in "The Gioconda Smile" episode of the Climax! television series
  • Appears in "The Fifth Wheel" production of The United States Steel Hour television series

1955

  • Appears in the play The Time of Your Life
  • Appears in the "Silent Decision" episode of the Climax! television series
  • Appears in the "Red Gulch" production of The United States Steel Hour television series
  • Appears in "The Sound and the Fury" production of the Playwrights '56 television series
  • Appears in the "Man Lost" production of the Robert Montgomery Presents television series
  • Appears in the "Award" production of the Four Star Playhouse television series
  • Appears in "The Guardsman" production of The Best of Broadway television series
  • Appears in the "Too Old for Dolls" production of The Ford Television Theatre television series
  • Appears in the "Days of Grace" production of The Elgin Hour television series

1956

  • Marries Dolores Dorn
  • Appears in "Rendezvous in Black" production of the Playhouse 90 television series
  • Appears in the "Even the Weariest River" production of The Alcoa Hour television series
  • Appears in the television movie The Little Foxes
  • Appears in the "Survival" production of The United States Steel Hour television series
  • Appears in the "Steinmetz" production of The General Electric Theater television series

1957

  • Appears in the film Uncle Vanya
  • Appears in the play A Moon for the Misbegotten
  • Appears in "The Thundering Wave" production of the Playhouse 90 television series
  • Appears in the "Bend in the Road" production of the Studio One in Hollywood television series
  • Appears in "The Largest City in Captivity" episode of the Climax! television series
  • Appears in the "Night" production of The Alcoa Hour television series
  • Appears in the "Throw Me a Rope" production of The Kaiser Aluminum Hour television series

1958

  • Appears in the "Bitter Heritage" production of the Playhouse 90 television series
  • Appears in "The Crazy Hunter" production of the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse television series
  • Appears in "The Last Night in August" episode of the Pursuit television series
  • Appears in the "Time of your Life" production of the Armchair Theatre television series
  • Appears in the "Trial by Slander" and "Ticket to Tahiti" productions of the Studio One in Hollywood television series

1959

  • Divorces Delores Dorn
  • Appears in "The Hidden Image" and "A Quiet Games of Cards" productions of the Playhouse 90 television series
  • Appears in "Body and Soul" production of The DuPont Show of the Month television series
  • Appears in "The Impossible Dream" episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series

1960

  • Appears in the "Denver McKee" episode of the Bonanza television series
  • Appears in "The Ticket" production of the Goodyear Theatre television series
  • Appears in "The Shape of the River" production of the Playhouse 90 television series

1961

  • Appears in the play Mandingo
  • Appears in "The Silence" episode of The Twilight Zone television series
  • Hosts the pilot and only episode of Witchcraft

1962

  • Appears in the film Advise & Consent
  • Appears in "The Memory of Candy Stripes" episode of the Ben Casey television series
  • Appears in the "The Betrayal" production of The DuPont Show of the Week television series
  • Appears in the "Along About Late in the Afternoon" episode of The Eleventh Hour television series
  • Appears in "The Malachi Hobart Story" episode of the Wagon Train television series

1963

  • Appears in the plays Strange Interlude and Bicycle Ride to Nevada

1964

  • Appears in the film La Bonne Soupe
  • Appears in the "The Master Builder" episode of the Fesitval television series
  • Appears in the "The Man Behind the Man" episode of The Reporter television series
  • Appears in the television movie See How They Run
  • Appears in the "Jeremy Rabbitt: The Secret Avenger" production of The DuPont Show of the Week television series

1965

  • Appears in the films In Harm's Way and Mickey One
  • Appears as a series regular in the Ben Casey television series
  • Appears in the "Old Cowboy" episode of The Virginian television series
  • Appears in the "Final Performance" episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

1966

  • Appears as a series regular in the Ben Casey television series

1967

  • Appears in the "Tell It Like It Is" episode of the Run for Your Life television series
  • Third wife Barbara Payton dies on May 8

1968

  • Appears in the film Nobody Runs Forever
  • Appears in the television movie Shadow over Elveron
  • Dies of lung cancer on September 18

1977

  • First wife Joan Crawford dies on May 10

1990

  • Second wife Jean Wallace dies on February 14

2005

  • Son Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Tone dies on April 29

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