Leslie Howard Biography
(English Actor, Director, Producer and One of the Biggest Box-Office Draws and Movie Idols of the 1930s)
Birthday: April 3, 1893 (Aries)
Born In: Forest Hill, London, United Kingdom
Leslie Howard was an English actor, director, and producer best known for playing Ashley Wilkes in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Known for his quintessential Englishness which made him the perfect choice to play sophisticated and suave gentlemen, he began his career as a stage actor. Born in London into a family of mixed ancestry, he developed an early interest in show business due to his mother’s love for dramatics. His father wanted him to pursue a more stable profession so the young Leslie took up a job as a bank clerk. However this job did not satisfy the ambitious soul and he embarked on an acting career on the London stage. After serving in the World War I, he began his film career and soon moved to Hollywood in search of better prospects. His polished good looks and genteel mannerism earned him much popularity in the US as well. His appearances in films like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘“Pimpernel" Smith’, and ‘Intermezzo’ further cemented his stardom. He was active as an actor and filmmaker during the World War II and was also involved in anti-German propaganda and reputedly involved with British or Allied Intelligence. The great star of Hollywood met an untimely end when the plane he was travelling in was shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay in 1943.