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Lionel Barrymore (1878–1954)

Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon", "Fugue Fantasia", "In Memorium", "Hallowe'en", ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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It's a Wonderful Life
You Can't Take It with You
You Can't Take It with You Martin Vanderhof
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Key Largo James Temple
Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel Otto Kringelein


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 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Lionel Barrymore
 1951 Bannerline
Hugo Trimble
 1950 Right Cross
Sean O'Malley
 1949 Malaya
John Manchester
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Sen. Jackson McCanles
 1946 The Secret Heart
Dr. Rossiger
 1944 Dragon Seed
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1944 Since You Went Away
 1941 The Penalty
'Grandpop' Logan
 1940 The Stars Look Down
Narrator (U.S. release only) (voice, uncredited)
 1939 Let Freedom Ring
Thomas Logan
 1938 Test Pilot
Howard B. Drake
 1938 A Yank at Oxford
Dan Sheridan
 1937 Navy Blue and Gold
Captain 'Skinny' Dawes
 1937 Saratoga
Grandpa Clayton
 1936 The Road to Glory
Papa La Roche / Pvt. Morin
 1935 Public Hero #1
Doctor Josiah Glass
 1935 Mark of the Vampire
Professor Zelin
 1935 The Little Colonel
Colonel Lloyd
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
Thomas. Randall Paige
 1934 This Side of Heaven
Martin Turner
 1933 Christopher Bean
Dr. Milton Haggett
 1933 Night Flight
Insp. Robineau
 1933 The Stranger's Return
Grandpa Storr
 1932 The Washington Masquerade
Jeff Keane
 1931 Mata Hari
General Serge Shubin
 1931 The Yellow Ticket
Baron Igor Andreeff
 1928 The River Woman
Bill Lefty
 1928 Road House
Henry Grayson
 1928 The Lion and the Mouse
John Ryder
 1928 Drums of Love
Duke Cathos de Alvia
 1927 The Thirteenth Hour
Prof. Leroy
 1927 Body and Soul
Dr. Leyden
 1927 Women Love Diamonds
Hugo Harlan
 1927 The Show
The Greek
 1926 The Temptress
 1926 The Lucky Lady
Count Ferranzo
 1926 The Barrier
Stark Bennett
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1925 Die Frau mit dem schlechten Ruf
Allan Merrick
 1925 The Splendid Road
Dan Clehollis
 1925 Fifty-Fifty
Frederick Harmon
 1925 The Wrongdoers
Daniel Abbott
 1925 Children of the Whirlwind
Joe Ellison
 1925 The Girl Who Wouldn't Work
Gordon Kent
 1925 A Man of Iron
Philip Durban
 1924 Wedding Women
 1924 I Am the Man
James McQuade
 1924 Meddling Women
Edwin Ainsworth / John Wells
 1924 Decameron Nights
 1924 America
Capt. Walter Butler
 1923 The Eternal City
Baron Bonelli
 1923 Unseeing Eyes
Conrad Dean
 1923 Enemies of Women
Prince Lubimoff
 1922 The Face in the Fog
Boston Blackie Dawson
 1922 Boomerang Bill
Boomerang Bill
 1921 Jim the Penman
James Ralston
 1920 The Devil's Garden
William Dale
 1917 National Red Cross Pageant
Undetermined role and episode
 1917 The Millionaire's Double
Bide Bennington
 1917 His Father's Son
J. Dabney Barro
 1917 The End of the Tour
Bron Bennett
 1916 The Brand of Cowardice
Cyril Hamilton
 1916 The Upheaval
Jim Gordon
 1916 Dorian's Divorce
Richard Dorian
 1915 A Yellow Streak
Barry Dale
 1915 The Flaming Sword
 1915 The Romance of Elaine
Marcus Del Mar / Mr. X
 1915 The Curious Conduct of Judge Legarde
Judge Randolph Legarde
 1915 A Modern Magdalen
 1915 Wildfire
John Keefe
 1914 The Exploits of Elaine
Undetermined Role
 1914 The Seats of the Mighty
Monsieur Doltaire
 1914 The Span of Life
Richard Blunt
 1914 Under the Gaslight
William Byke
 1914 Judith of Bethulia
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The Claw" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 19 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lionel Blythe


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Personal Quote:

This is the age of insincerity. The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century, and because they appeal to the masses there can be no sincerity in them. Hollywood is tied hand and foot to the demands for artificiality of the masses all over the world. See more »


Screen, stage, radio, vaudeville actor, film producer, and screenwriter. See more »


The role of Mr Potter in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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