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John Barrymore (I) (1882–1942)

American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical family in America, he was also its most acclaimed star. His father was Maurice Blyth (or Blythe; family spellings vary), a stage success under the ... See full bio »

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 1941 World Premiere
Duncan DeGrasse
 1939 The Great Man Votes
 1938 Hold That Co-ed
 1938 Spawn of the North
Windy Turlon
 1938 Romance in the Dark
Zoltan Jason
 1937 True Confession
Charles "Charley" Jasper
 1937 Maytime
Nicolai Nazaroff
 1933 Night Flight
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress
Prince Chegodieff
 1930 Moby Dick
 1930 General Crack
Duke of Kurland / Prince Christian
 1926 Don Juan
Don Jose de Marana / Don Juan de Marana
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1922 Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
 1919 The Test of Honor
Martin Wingrave
 1919 Here Comes the Bride
Frederick Tile
 1918 On the Quiet
Robert Ridgeway
 1917 National Red Cross Pageant
The Tyrant - Russian episode
 1916 The Red Widow (Short)
Cicero Hannibal Butts
 1916 The Lost Bridegroom
Bertie Joyce
 1915 The Incorrigible Dukane (Short)
James Dukane
 1915 The Dictator
Brooke Travers
 1915 Are You a Mason?
Frank Perry
 1914 The Man from Mexico
 1914 An American Citizen
Beresford Kruger
 1913 One on Romance (Short)
Jack Wilson (as Jack Barrymore)
 1912 A Prize Package (Short)
Si Hawkins (as Jack Barrymore)
 1912 Just Pretending (Short)
The Policeman (as Jack Barrymore)
 1912 The Widow Casey's Return (Short)
The Rejected Suitor (as Jack Barrymore)
 1912 The Dream of a Moving Picture Director (Short)
The Movie Villain (as Jack Barrymore)
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Other Works:

Spoken Word Recording: "John Barrymore Reads Shakespeare", Vol. 1 (Audio Rarities [2280]) See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 14 Print Biographies | 7 Portrayals | 27 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jack Barrymore


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn't know you left open. See more »


Was a good friend of Errol Flynn, who subsequently played Barrymore in Too Much, Too Soon (1958), a film about Barrymore's daughter Diana Barrymore. See more »


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