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 March 21, 1872 Herbert won the middleweight boxing championship of England. … Read More
1874 24 Years Old On December 29, 1874, Barrymore emigrated to the United States, sailing aboard the SS America to Boston, and joined Augustin Daly's troupe, making his debut in Under the Gaslight.
1875 25 Years Old He made his Broadway debut 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 (b. 1878), Ethel (b. 1879), and John (b. 1882). … Read More
1879 29 Years Old On March 19, 1879, in Marshall, Texas, Barrymore and fellow actor Ben Porter were shot by an intoxicated Texas and Pacific Railway engineer named Jim Currie (who shared a cell with the accused killer of Diamond Bessie). … Read More


1884 34 Years Old Around 1884 and 1885, Barrymore wrote a play titled Nadjezda. … Read More
1885 35 Years Old During the trip to Europe in 1885, Barrymore came into contact with the great French actress and star Sarah Bernhardt. Without copyrighting his play, he gave a copy of the manuscript to Bernhardt. Between 1885 and 1887, Bernhardt had the copy in her possession and allegedly had given it to playwright Victorien Sardou to review.
1886 36 Years Old Sardou, in 1886, wrote his famous 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. … Read More
1905 55 Years Old 1 More Event
The March 25, 1905, the New York Times reported: "He was playing a vaudeville engagement 1901 at a Harlem theatre when he suddenly dropped his lines and began to rave, (to the horror of his son John). … Read More
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