Philip Asheton Tonge (26 April 1897 – 28 January 1959) was an English actor. Born into a theatrical family, he was a child actor, making his stage debut at the age of five. Among the stars with whom he performed while he was a boy were Henry Irving, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Ellen Terry and Johnston Forbes-Robertson. His colleagues as child actors included Hermione Gingold, Mary Glynne, Esmé Wynne-Tyson and Noël Coward.
Tonge's adult acting career was in the US, where he and his parents settled after the First World War. He made numerous appearances in Broadway productions, including nine Coward plays. Among his films were Miracle on 34th Street, Hans Christian Andersen (1952) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957). See also:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Tonge
Philip was also the first person to introduce Noel Coawrd to a homosexual relationship. The name of Tongs was changed to Tonge after our great grandfather, was deported to Australia in circa 193o as a Convict.See:- Web site at:-
My Aunt Lillian Tonge, who died in Swaziland in the mid 1960's was the only member of my direct family to change her name from Tongs to Tonge.
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