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 Leslie Howard

Best know for his roles in The Petrified Forest, and as Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind.

Leslie Howard



The Heroine of Mons



The Happy Warrior



The Lackey and the Lady


Five Pounds Reward



Outward Bound



Five and Ten


A Free Soul

Never the Twain Shall Meet



Service for Ladies

Smilin’ Through

The Animal Kingdom



Berkeley Square





British Agent

The Lady Is Willing

Of Human Bondage



The Scarlet Pimpernel



The Petrified Forest

Romeo and Juliet




It’s Love I’m After







Gone with the Wind



“Pimpernel” Smith

Common Heritage

49th Parallel

From the Four Corners

The White Eagle



In Which We Serve

The First of the Few



War in the Mediterranean

The Gentle Sex

The Lamp Still Burns


He was nominated for two Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Awards

1934 – Berkeley Square

1939 – Pygmalion 


What the actor is in private life, he is to a large extent on the stage, because he cannot conceal himself and his true personality from his audience. ~ Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard Steiner was born April 3, 1893 in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand “Frank” Steiner. Howard was educated at Alleyn’s School, London and went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the outbreak of World War I. Like many others around the time of the First World War, the family Anglicized its name, in this case to “Stainer,” although Howard’s name remained Steiner in official documents, such as his military records. He worked as a bank clerk before enlisting at the outbreak of the Great War. He served in the British Army as a subaltern in the Northamptonshire Yeomanry but suffered shell shock, which led to his relinquishing his commission on May 19, 1916 and was advised to take up acting as therapy. In a few years, his name was famous on the stages of London and New York.

Howard began his professional acting career in regional tours of Peg O’ My Heart and Charley’s Aunt in 1916-1917 and on the London stage in 1917 but had his greatest theatrical success in the United States in the Broadway theatre, in plays such as Aren’t We All? (1923), Outward Bound (1924) and The Green Hat (1925). He became an undisputed Broadway star in Her Cardboard Lover (1927). After his success as time traveler Peter Standish in Berkeley Square (1929), Howard launched his Hollywood career in the film version of Outward Bound, but didn’t like the experience and vowed never to return to Hollywood. Howard would return, however, many times—later repeating the Standish role in the 1933 film version of Berkeley Square.

The stage, however, continued to be an important part of his career. Howard frequently juggled acting, producing and directing duties in the Broadway productions in which he starred. Howard was also a dramatist and starred in the Broadway production of his play, Murray Hill (1927). He played Matt Denant in John Galsworthy’s 1927 Broadway production Escape in which he first made his mark as a dramatic actor. His stage triumphs continued with The Animal Kingdom (1932) and The Petrified Forest (1936). He later repeated both roles in the film versions.