Lionel Barrymore

Actor, director, screenwriter Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore was an American actor of stage, screen and radio. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931). He is well known for the role of the villainous Henry Potter character in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.
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Ocean-going adventure in amphitheater - knox.VillageSoup.com
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Harvey can neither persuade the captain, Disko Troop (Lionel Barrymore), to take him ashore nor convince him of his wealth. However, the captain offers him a low-paid job as part of the crew until they return to port months later. With no other choice,
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10 Best Child Actors - Screen Junkies
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Drew comes from a family of actors, including her distant grandparent Lionel Barrymore. Robert Blake. Before his late-life dust up with the law, Robert Blake was a film star who began his career as a child. The young Blake was in the "Our Gang" series
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At Large with Tom Williams > A look at some films & film classics - Shore News Today
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Also features Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and a great lineup of character actors. Stewart was nominated for an Oscar as best actor (Fredric March won for The Best Years of Our Lives). Vertigo (1958). Another Hitchcock classic
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'It's A Wonderful Life' Arrives On A Two-Disc Blu-ray Collector's Set Nov. 1st - Starpulse.com (blog)
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Starring James Stewart (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington), Donna Reed (From Here to Eternity), Lionel Barrymore (Key Largo), Thomas Mitchell (Three Wise Fools) and Henry Travers (The Bells of St. Mary's), the film has made an indelible impact on popular
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Auditions Set for 'It's a Wonderful Life' - Patch.com
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Barrington Community Theatre is holding auditions for "It's a Wonderful Life," the classic Christmas movie starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore and directed by Frank Capra. Auditions start Sept. 12 at Barrington Middle School
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Season finale for Music and Movies is Monday - Cannon Falls Beacon
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Devil Doll stars Lionel Barrymore as an escaped convict who stumbles upon a scientist able to shrink humans to one-sixth their normal size. Between the movies, the Cannon Falls Library Foundation is hosting the first-ever Glo-wear Fashion Show!
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Proof of Republican 'doublethink' - The Guardian (blog)
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It doesn't even require a tiptoe of imagination, let alone a leap, to envisage Lionel Barrymore as evil Mr Potter cackling to James Stewart as poor George Bailey: "Corporations are people, George!" (Incidentally, a version of this self-entitled
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10 actors who achieved immortality in just one movie - Shadowlocked
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Escaping from Devil's Island with disgraced scientist Marcel (HB Walthall), Paul Lavoud (Lionel Barrymore) learns of his friend's experiments in miniaturizing humans to only a few inches. When the scientist dies, Lavoud disguises himself as elderly
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Your View: Remembering La Jolla's visitors - La Jolla Light
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Many years ago, I spent an interesting afternoon with one of her husbands, Lew Ayres, the actor known for his role on Dr. Kildaire in the first TV series with Lionel Barrymore, and for his role as the innocent young German soldier in “All Quiet on the
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'Paul Merton's Birth of Hollywood' Starts in Fort Lee - Patch.com
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We also directed Mr. Merton and his crew to the area of Main Street where DW Griffith shot his acclaimed 1912 Biograph film, The New York Hat, with Mary Pickford and Lionel Barrymore. Merton is not alone among European documentarians in his visits to
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Making magic in the backlot - Bay Area Reporter
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His neighbors were Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Nelson Eddy, William Powell, Robert Montgomery, and Lionel Barrymore. Major stars were driven to the soundstage for takes, then chauffeured back to their suites until needed again
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Sony's Remake of Studio System
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LOS ANGELES -- If Louis B. Mayer haunts the Irving Thalberg Building, once his seat of power at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he may recognize more than the walnut walls. The building is now the home of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and there are signs that Mayer's old studio system is being revived. As Hollywood has backed away from movie stars as too
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Sony, Like Old Hollywood, Banks on Familiar Faces - New York Times
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... thanks to personal relationships and shared tastes that have largely supplanted the rigid contractual arrangements that allowed Mayer to build an empire around the likes of Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore and Clark Gable
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Not So Hollywood Wedding Night: Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney - Big Hollywood
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The guest list included: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Robert Taylor, Lewis Stone, Bill Holden, Robert Montgomery, Lionel Barrymore, William Powell, and Frederic March. The wedding night should have been an MGM soft-focus dream of deep kisses,
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Your rights and obligations as a dental patient - Hernando Today
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These were they days of Drs. Gillespie and Kildare – immortalized by Lionel Barrymore and Lew Ayres on the silver screen. Benevolent, kind and unerring in their medical judgment, they were never questioned by their patients who simply placed themselves
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lionel Barrymore
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1954
    Age 75
    Barrymore died on November 15, 1954 from a heart attack in Van Nuys, California, and was entombed in the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.
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  • 1950
    Age 71
    In a series of Doctor Kildare movies in the 1930s and 1940s, he played the irascible Doctor Gillespie, a role he repeated in an MGM radio series that debuted in New York in 1950 and was later syndicated.
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  • 1945
    Age 66
    His piano compositions, "Scherzo Grotesque" and "Song Without Words", were published by G. Schirmer in 1945.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1938
    Age 59
    By 1938, Barrymore used a wheelchair exclusively and never walked again.
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    During the filming of 1938's You Can't Take It With You, the pain of standing with crutches was so severe that Barrymore required hourly shots of painkillers.
  • 1937
    Age 58
    Whatever the cause of his disability, Barrymore's performance in Captains Courageous in 1937 was one of the last times he would be seen standing and walking unassisted.
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    Barrymore tripped over a cable while filming Saratoga in 1937 and broke his hip again. (Film historian Robert A. Osborne says Barrymore also suffered a broken kneecap.) The injury was painful enough that Donnelly, quoting Barrymore, says that Louis B. Mayer bought Barrymore $400 worth of cocaine every day to help him cope with the pain and allow him to sleep.
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    When Harlow died in 1937, Barrymore and Clark Gable mourned her as though she had been family.
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  • 1936
    Age 57
    Paul Donnelly says Barrymore's inability to walk was caused by a drawing table falling on him in 1936, breaking Barrymore's hip.
  • 1930
    Age 51
    Marie Dressler biographer Matthew Kennedy notes that when Barrymore won his Best Actor Oscar award in 1930, the arthritis was still so minor that it only made him limp a little as he went on stage to accept the honor.
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  • 1929
    Age 50
    Film historian David Wallace says it was "well known" that Barrymore was "addicted" to morphine due to arthritis by 1929, when Louis B. Mayer hired Barrymore to direct Redemption (a film from which Barrymore was removed).
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    Screenwriter Anita Loos claimed that the arthritis was so bad by 1929, Barrymore was taking large quantities of morphine.
  • FORTIES
  • 1928
    Age 49
    Several sources argue that arthritis alone confined Barrymore to a wheelchair. Film historian Jeanine Basinger says that his arthritis was serious by at least 1928, when Barrymore made Sadie Thompson.
    On the occasional loan-out, Barrymore had a big success with Gloria Swanson in 1928's Sadie Thompson and the aforementioned Griffith film, Drums of Love.
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  • 1926
    Age 47
    After 1926, Barrymore worked almost exclusively for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, appearing opposite such luminaries as John Gilbert, Lon Chaney, Sr., Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, his brother John and sister Ethel.
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  • 1925
    Age 46
    In 1925, he left New York for Hollywood.
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  • 1924
    Age 45
    In 1924, he also went to Germany to star in British producer-director Herbert Wilcox's Anglo-German co-production Decameron Nights, filmed at UFA's Babelsberg studios outside of Berlin.
    He occasionally freelanced, returning to Griffith in 1924 to film America.
    Before the formation of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1924, Barrymore forged a good relationship with Louis B. Mayer early on at Metro Pictures.
  • 1923
    Age 44
    In 1923, Barrymore and Fenwick went to Italy to film The Eternal City for Metro Pictures in Rome, combining work with their honeymoon.
    Barrymore never truly recovered from the deaths of his girls, and their loss undoubtedly strained his marriage to Doris Rankin, which ended in 1923.
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  • 1920
    Age 41
    In 1920, Barrymore reprised his stage role in the film adaptation of The Copperhead.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1915
    Age 36
    In 1915 he co-starred with Lillian Russell in a movie called Wildfire, one of the legendary Russell's few film appearances.
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  • 1911
    Age 32
    Barrymore began making films about 1911 with D.W. Griffith at the Biograph Studios.
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  • 1910
    Age 31
    He also joined his family troupe, from 1910, in their vaudeville act, where he was happy not to worry as much about memorizing lines.
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    Nevertheless, he was soon back on Broadway in The Jail Bird in 1910 and continued his stage career with several more plays.
  • 1909
    Age 30
    He did not achieve success as a painter, and in 1909 he returned to the US.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1906
    Age 27
    In 1906, after a series of disappointing appearances in plays, Barrymore and his first wife, the actress Doris Rankin, left their stage careers and travelled to Paris, where he trained as an artist.
  • 1905
    Age 26
    In 1905, he appeared with John and Ethel in a pantomime, starring as the title character in Pantaloon and playing another character in the other half of the bill, Alice Sit-by-the-Fire.
  • 1903
    Age 24
    The Other Girl in 1903–04 was a long-running success for Barrymore.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1878
    Born
    Born on April 28, 1878.
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