John Barrymore

Actor / Screenwriter | * 02/15/1882 († 60, 05/29/1942) | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States of America (USA))
John Barrymore (born John Sidney Blyth; February 14 or 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942) was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical families, he initially tried to avoid the stage, and briefly attempted a career as an artist, but appeared on stage together with his father Maurice in 1900, and then his sister Ethel the following year. He began his career in 1903 and first gained attention as a stage actor in light comedy, then high drama, culminating in productions of Justice (1916), Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922); his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the "greatest living American tragedian". After a success as Hamlet in London in 1925, Barrymore left the stage for 14 years and instead focused entirely on films. In the silent film era, he was well received in such pictures as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), Sherlock Holmes (1922) and The Sea Beast (1926). During this period, he gained his nickname, Th..."> ()
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John Sidney Blyth Barrymore (February 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942) was an acclaimed American actor. He first gained fame as a handsome stage actor in light comedy, then high drama and culminating in groundbreaking portrayals in Shakespearean plays Hamlet and Richard III. His success continued with motion pictures in various genres in both the silent and sound eras. Barrymore's personal life has been the subject of much writing before and since his passing in 1942. Today John Barrymore is mostly known for his roles in movies like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920), Grand Hotel (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Twentieth Century (1934), and Don Juan (1926), the first ever movie to use a Vitaphone soundtrack.A member of a multi-generation theatrical dynasty, he was the brother of Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore, and was the paternal grandfather of Drew Barrymore.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Comedies

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Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Movies with John Barrymore as Actor(89)

as Self / Various roles (archive footage)2004 Checking Out: Grand Hotel
as Self (archive footage)2003 Complicated Women
as (archive footage)1995 The Casting Couch
as (archive footage)1984 Going Hollywood: The '30s
as Svengali (archive footage)1983 The Horror of It All
as (archive footage)1979 The Horror Show
as (archive footage)1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as Self (archive footage)1976 It's Showtime
as Self (archive footage)1965 Hollywood My Home Town
as Self (archive footage)1961 The Legend of Rudolph Valentino
as 'Bill of Divorcement' (archive footage) (uncredited)1961 Hollywood: The Selznick Years
as (archive footage)1953 Yesterday and Today
as Himself (archive footage)1950 The Golden Twenties
as Don Juan (archive footage)1946 Okay for Sound
as Himself (segments 'Don Juan' & 'Richard III') (archive footage)1943 The Voice That Thrilled the World
as Self (archive footage)1942 Screen Snapshots (Series 22, No. 10)
as himself1941 Playmates
as Duncan DeGrasse1941 World Premiere
as Professor Gibbs1940 The Invisible Woman
as Evans Garrick1940 The Great Profile
as Georges Flammarion1939 Midnight
as (archive footage)1939 Land of Liberty
as Vance1939 The Great Man Votes
as Windy Turlon1938 Spawn of the North
as Colonel Neilson1938 Bulldog Drummond's Peril
as Zoltan Jason1938 Romance in the Dark
as Gabby Harrigan1938 Hold That Co-ed
as King Louis XV1938 Marie Antoinette
as himself1938 Hollywood Goes to Town
as Col. J.A. Nielson1937 Bulldog Drummond's Revenge
as Colonel Neilson1937 Bulldog Drummond Comes Back
as Charles Jasper1937 True Confession
as Dr. Ernest Tindal1937 Night Club Scandal
as Nicolai Nazaroff1937 Maytime
as Photograph of John Barrymore (uncredited)1936 Movie Maniacs
as Mercutio1936 Romeo and Juliet
as Oscar Jaffe1934 Twentieth Century
as Carl Bellairs1934 Long Lost Father
as George Simon1933 Counsellor at Law
as Auguste A. Topaze1933 Topaze
as Riviere1933 Night Flight
as Larry Renault1933 Dinner at Eight
as Archduke Rudolf von Hapsburg1933 Reunion in Vienna
as Duke of Charmerace1932 Arsène Lupin
as Hilary Fairfield1932 A Bill of Divorcement
as Prince Paul Chegodieff1932 Rasputin and the Empress
as Tom Cardigan1932 State's Attorney
as Baron Felix von Gaigern1932 Grand Hotel
as Svengali1931 Svengali
as Vladimar Ivan Tsarakov1931 The Mad Genius
as Ahab1930 Moby Dick
as Lord Strathpeffer1930 The Man from Blankley's
as Duke of Kurland / Prince Christian1929 General Crack
as Marcus Paltran1929 Eternal Love
as Richard III in 'Henry VI Part III' (uncredited)1929 Show of Shows
as himself1928 The Circus: Premiere
as Sergeant Ivan Markov1928 Tempest
as Chevalier Fabien des Grieux1927 When a Man Loves
as François Villon1927 The Beloved Rogue
as Don Jose de Marana / Don Juan de Marana1926 Don Juan
as Captain Ahab Ceeley1926 The Sea Beast
as Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
as Gordon Bryon 'Beau' Brummel1924 Beau Brummel
as Sherlock Holmes1922 Sherlock Holmes
as Jacques Leroi1921 The Lotus Eater
as Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
as Martin Wingrave1919 The Test of Honor
as Frederick Tile1919 Here Comes the Bride
as Robert Ridgeway1918 On the Quiet
as A.J. Raffles1917 Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman
as The Tyrant - Russian episode1917 National Red Cross Pageant
as Jack Merriwell, Prince of Bulwana1916 Nearly a King
as Bertie Joyce1916 The Lost Bridegroom
as Cicero Hannibal Butts1916 The Red Widow
as Frank Perry1915 Are You a Mason?
as James Dukane1915 The Incorrigible Dukane
as Brooke Travers1915 The Dictator
as Berresford Cruger1914 An American Citizen
as Fitzhugh1914 The Man from Mexico
as Jack Wilson (as Jack Barrymore)1913 One on Romance
as The Rejected Suitor (as Jack Barrymore)1912 The Widow Casey's Return
as The Movie Villain (as Jack Barrymore)1912 The Dream of a Moving Picture Director
as The Policeman (as Jack Barrymore)1912 Just Pretending
as Si Hawkins (as Jack Barrymore)1912 A Prize Package

Full Name: John Barrymore
Born: Wednesday, 02/15 1882 (February) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States of America (USA))
Died: Friday, 05/29 1942 (May) in Los Angeles (aged: 60)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: King's College School
Employer: Warner Bros.
Spouses (current/former): Dolores Costello, Blanche Oelrichs, Elaine Barrie, Katherine Corri Harris
Father: Maurice Barrymore
Mother: Georgiana Drew
Student of: Maurice Barrymore, William Collier Sr.
Other names for John Barrymore (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"John Sidney Blyth"
"Джон Бэрримор"
"Jack Barrymore"
John Barrymore frequently works together with these people:
Lionel Barrymore (13x, Actor)
Myrna Loy (10x, Actress)
Jean Harlow (10x, Actress)
Cedric Gibbons (9x, Crew)
Hans Dreier (9x, Crew)
Adrian (9x, Crew)
Carole Lombard (9x, Actress)
Charlie Chaplin (8x, Crew)
Mary Astor (8x, Actress)
Douglas Shearer (8x, Crew)
Irving Thalberg (8x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1419496, Added: 09/05/2019, Last updated: 11/14/2023