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Jeffrey Stone

 

Jeffrey Stone

Jeffrey Stone (December 16, 1926 – August 22, 2012) was an American actor and voice-over artist. Stone was the model and inspiration for Prince Charming in the 1950 Walt Disney animated feature film, Cinderella.[1] While he did not voice the character in the film, Stone did provide some of the movie's additional voices.[1]

Contents

  • Biography 1
    • Personal life 1.1
    • Career 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Biography

Personal life

Stone was born John Forrest Fontaine on December 16, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan.[1] He was raised in an Indiana orphanage throughout most of his early life after the death of his father.[1] He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II.[1]

His first marriage to actress Barbara Lawrence from 1947 to 1948 ended in divorce.[1] Stone was then married to his second wife, Corinne Calvet, a French actress, from 1955 to 1960, with whom he had one child.[1] In 1965, he married Christina Lee, but they divorced in 1972.[1]

Career

He made his film debut in a pair of 1948 movies, You Were Meant for Me and Train to Alcatraz.[1] In 1952, he appeared in two films using the stage name John Fontaine, Army Bound and Battle Zone. He then appeared in three films released in 1953 films - Fighter Attack, Bad for Each Other, starring Charlton Heston, and Wonder Valley - as well as the 1954 film noir, Drive a Crooked Road.[1] During the later 1950s, Stone co-starred in Edge of Hell in 1956 and Zsa Zsa Gabor's The Girl in the Kremlin in 1957.[1] He then appeared in four films released in 1958 - The Big Beat, Damn Citizen, The Thing That Couldn't Die and the western, Money, Women and Guns.[1]

Stone's roles during the 1950s extended to television as well. In 1954, he starred in the Italian television series, I Tre moschettieri (The Three Musketeers) as D'Artagnan opposite Paul Campbell (as Aramis), Sebastian Cabot (as Porthos), and Domenico Modugno (as Athos).[1] Individual episodes of the series were merged for release as feature films in European theaters including Knights of the Queen in 1954; The King's Musketeers and La Spada Imbattibile, both released in Europe in 1957; Le Imprese di Una Spada Leggendaria in 1958; and Mantelli Espade Insanguinate in 1959.[1] Stone's other television credits included roles in Adventures in Paradise, The Outer Limits, The Californians, Johnny Midnight, and Surfside 6.[1]

He was offered the lead role of Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro in the 1950s Disney television series, Zorro, but turned down this role and transferred it to Guy Williams.[1]

In 1960, he appeared in the comedic film, When the Girls Take Over. Stone also starred as Zorro in the 1960 Mexican Spanish film, El Jinete Solitario en El Valle de los Desaparecidos: La Venganza del Jinete Solitario.[1] He wrote the story for the 1964 low-budget British sci-fi film, Unearthly Stranger.[1] Stone wrote and directed Strange Portrait, a feature film released in 1966.[1]

Stone moved to Penang, Malaysia, during the early 1960s. He soon left the entertainment industry to travel in Southeast Asia.[1] He wrote several novels during his later life, including The Other Side of Rainbow and Letters to Rainbow.

In 2010, he published his autobiography, Whatever Happened To Prince Charming?.[1]

Stone died at his home in Penang, Malaysia on August 22, 2012 at age eighty-five.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Jeffrey Stone, 85, was model for Prince Charming".  

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