Louis Payne

Louis Payne, also known as Lou Payne (January 13, 1873 – August 14, 1953), was an American character actor of the silent and sound film eras, as well as legitimate theater. His acting life began on Broadway in the first decade of the 1900s, when he appeared in the Broadway play, Her Majesty, the Girl Queen of Nordenmark, which ran at the Manhattan Theatre in 1900.[1] In 1906, he married famous stage actress Mrs. Leslie Carter, fifteen years her junior, and remained married to her until her death in 1937. He made his film debut in 1915's DuBarry, a film created to highlight Carter, who was a protégé of the playwright David Belasco. Belasco wrote the stage play of the same name on which the film is based, and in which Carter starred on Broadway.[2][3] Payne appeared in over 40 films during his 35-year career in Hollywood, as well as doing numerous plays.[4][5]

Louis Payne
William Louis Payne

(1873-01-13)January 13, 1873
Pennsylvania, United States
DiedAugust 14, 1953(1953-08-14) (aged 80)
Woodland Hills, California, United States
Years active1915–1951
Mrs. Leslie Carter
(m. 1906; died 1937)

In 1940, three years after Carter's death, Warner Bros. produced a biopic on her life, Lady with Red Hair, on which Payne serves as a technical advisor.[6] He continued to act in small roles through the 1940s. The final film in which Payne appeared was 1951's epic Quo Vadis, starring Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr, in which he played one of Jesus' 12 apostles.[7] Payne died on August 14, 1953, at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was buried with his wife at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio.[8]


(Per AFI database)[4]


  1. "Her Majesty, the Girl Queen of Nordenmark". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  2. "Du Barry". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  3. "Du Barry". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  4. "Louis Payne". Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  5. "Louis Payne: biography". Allmovie.com. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  6. "Lady with Red Hair". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  7. "Quo Vadis". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  8. Clinton, Craig (2006). Mrs. Leslie Carter, A Biography of the Early Twentieth Century American Stage Star. McFarland Publishing.
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