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John Barrymore – MovieActors.com

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Barrymore in DINNER AT EIGHT.

About John Barrymore (1882 – 1942)

John Barrymore was born on February 14, 1882, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to his Birth Certificate. Although according to his World War I draft record and Social Security records, his birthday was on February 15th, 1882.

On May 29, 1942, John Barrymore passed away in Los Angeles, California, from pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver.

To some people, John Barrymore was known as "Jack," or "The Great Profile," although his birth name was John Sidney Blyth.

The famed stage actor, Maurice Blyth, was John Barrymore's father. Maurice Blyth's stage name was Maurice Barrymore. John's mother was Georgie Drew, and she was the daughter of actor John Drew.

Maurice Blyth and Georgie Drew had three children who all went into acting and each became legendary in their own rites. Their kids were John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, and Ethel Barrymore.

John Barrymore's siblings have been seen in several hit movies and TV shows. Lionel Barrymore is best known for his role as Dr. Leonard Gillespie from the DR. KILDARE movie series, including: THE PEOPLE VS. DR. KILDARE, DR. KILDARE'S WEDDING DAY and DR. GILLESPIE'S CRIMINAL CASE. Ethel Barrymore, has been in several movies, including: ALL AT SEA, AN AMERICAN WIDOW and THE NIGHTINGALE.

All three of the Barrymore kids appeared in one film together in the 1932 movie, RASPUTIN AND THE EMPRESS. The same year John and Lionel also appeared together in ARSENE LUPIN and GRAND HOTEL.

In 1941, John Barrymore appeared in his last two films. The first was a cameo appearance in PLAYMATES, and the other role was in WORLD PREMIERE.

Playing Col. J.A. Nielson is a role that John Barrymore has played in the BULLDOG DRUMMOND series, including: BULLDOG DRUMMOND COMES BACK, BULLDOG DRUMMOND'S REVENGE and BULLDOG DRUMMOND'S PERIL.

Taking a lead role is not uncommon for John Barrymore. He has played the title role in several films, including some great classics such as DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MOBY DICK and DON JUAN.

It was in 1914 that John Barrymore had his first confirmed role in AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. Before this role, Barrymore had four unconfirmed roles. Three of these roles were in the 1912 films: A PRIZE PACKAGE, THE WIDOW CASEY'S RETURN, and THE DREAM OF A MOVING PICTURE DIRECTOR. The fourth role was in the 1913 film, ONE ROMANCE. and three films in 1912 A PRIZE PACKAGE, THE WIDOW CASEY'S RETURN, and THE DREAM OF A MOVING PICTURE DIRECTOR.

With 101 performances, John Barrymore had one of the longest-running Broadway production of HAMLET, in 1922. His record was broke by John Gielgud who played the same part 132 performances, in 1936.

John Barrymore's notable movie credits include...

PLAYMATES (1941)
WORLD PREMIERE (1941)
THE INVISIBLE WOMEN (1940)
MIDNIGHT (1939)
SPAWN OF THE NORTH (1938)
DINNER AT EIGHT (1933)
THE MAD GENIUS (1931)
WHEN A MAN LOVES (1927)
HERE COMES THE BRIDE (1919)
THE MAN FROM MEXICO (1914)


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John Barrymore in MARIE ANTOINETTE (1938).

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John Barrymore with his
co-star in DINNER AT EIGHT (1933).


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Barrymore in ROMEO AND JULIET (1936).

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John Barrymore in GRAND HOTEL (1932).

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John Barrymore in MIDNIGHT (1939).

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