Lew Ayres

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Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Portrays: President Adar
Date of Birth: December 28, 1908
Date of Death: December 30, 1996
Age at Death: 88
Nationality: USA USA

Lew Ayres (28 December 1908—December 30, 1996) was an American actor.

Ayres career, which spanned from the 1930s in theatrical films, blossomed in the new world of television, starting with his role in the popular Doctor Kildare series, where he played the starring character.

His TV roles span the gamut from science fiction and fantasy (Kung Fu, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, The Questor Tapes) to popular drama (Marcus Welby, Hawaiii Five-O, Magnum, Knots Landing).

Ayres was a pacifist who refused to be a soldier in the U.S. Military during World War II, but did partake in the war effort by saving lives as a medic. Ayres' controversial ideas made some people, as well as companies (including MGM), boycott his productions.

Lew Ayres portrayed the misguided President Adar in the Original Series.