Ayres directed one picture, Hearts In Bondage (1936) at Republic.
Ayres' documentary film Altars of the World (1976) brought his Eastern philosophical beliefs to the screen and earned him critical acclaim.
Ayres served with the Medical Corps in the Pacific and in New Guinea.
Lew Ayres was discovered in 1927 playing banjo in the Henry Halstead Big Band Orchestra.
Ayres played the title role in Young Dr. Kildare in 1938 and became a matinee idol, starring in several Kildare films.
Ayres began acting in bit player roles in films in 1927.
The film which made him a star, All Quiet on the Western Front, appears on the AFI's (American Film Institute) list of the 100 best American films of a time, ranked at #54.
Ayres had one child, Justin, with Diana, his third wife.
Ayres was a pacifist who sought to become a member of the Medical Corps during World War II.
Ayres was married three times. He was married to actress Lola Lane from 1931 until 1933 and to actress Ginger Rogers from 1934 until 1940. His third marriage, to Diana Hall, lasted from 1964 until his death.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Blvd.
He died in his sleep after being in a coma for several days.
Ayres was a Big Band pianist before becoming an actor.
As a child, Ayres wanted to be a doctor.
He was 5'9" (1.75 m) tall.
He was born at 12:15am-CST