Maurice Barrymore

Maurice Barrymore

Born Sep 21, 1849

Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe —stage name Maurice Barrymore — was the patriarch of the Barrymore acting family and great-grandfather of actress Drew Barrymore.

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1849 Birth Born on September 21, 1849.


1872 22 Years Old 1 More Event
On 21 March 1872 Herbert won the middleweight boxing championship of England. … Read More
1874 24 Years Old On December 29, 1874, Barrymore emigrated to the USA, sailing aboard the SS America to Boston, and joined Augustin Daly's troupe, making his début in Under the Gaslight.
1875 25 Years Old He made his Broadway début in December 1875 in Pique; in the cast was a young actress, Georgiana Drew, known as Georgie. … Read More
1876 26 Years Old After a brief courtship, Barrymore and Georgie married on December 31, 1876, and had three children: Lionel (born 1878), Ethel (born 1879), and John (born 1882). … Read More
1879 29 Years Old On March 19, 1879, in Marshall, Texas, Barrymore and fellow actor Ben Porter were shot by a notorious gunfighter and bully named Jim Currie. … Read More


1884 34 Years Old In 1884, Barrymore wrote a play titled Nadjezda (meaning "hope"). … Read More
1886 36 Years Old In 1886, Victorien Sardou wrote his play La Tosca, which later achieved great fame as an opera. … Read More


1895 45 Years Old In the 1895 theater season on Broadway he co-starred with Mrs. Leslie Carter in The Heart of Maryland.
1899 49 Years Old In the 1899 season on Broadway he had a success playing opposite Mrs. Fiske in the part of Rawdon Crawley in Becky Sharp. … Read More


1900 50 Years Old In 1900, Barrymore toured the U.S. with a play called The Battle of the Strong co-starring a young Holbrook Blinn. … Read More
1901 51 Years Old On March 28, 1901, Barrymore was performing at the Lion Palace Theatre in New York when he suddenly departed from his monologue and shocked the audience with what was described as "a blasphemous attack on the Jews" and a rant of "such an emotional pitch that tears rolled down his face." … Read More
1905 56 Years Old In reporting his death on March 25, 1905, The New York Times recalled that "He was playing a vaudeville engagement 1901 at a Harlem theatre when he suddenly dropped his lines and began to rave". … Read More
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