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Overview (4)

Born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, UK
Died in London, England, UK  (pneumonia)
Birth NameJames Matthew Barrie
Nickname James Math Barrie

Mini Bio (1)

J.M. Barrie was born on May 9, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland as James Matthew Barrie. He was a writer and actor, known for Peter Pan (2003), Peter Pan (1953) and Hook (1991). He was married to Mary Ansell. He died on June 19, 1937 in London, England.

Spouse (1)

Mary Ansell (9 July 1894 - 1909) ( divorced)

Trivia (14)

Novelist and playright.
He was awarded a Baronetcy in the 1913 King's Birthday Honours List for his services to literature. In the 1922 King's New Year Honours List, he was awarded the Order of Merit for his services to literature.
Awarded honorary degrees by the Universities of St Andrews (1898), Edinburgh (1909), Oxford (1926) and Cambridge (1930).
After the death of two of Barrie's close friends, Arthur and Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies, he adopted their five sons: Peter, Jack, George, Michael and Nicholas. Barrie was very close to all the boys, and was heartbroken when Michael drowned in 1921 and George was killed in battle in 1915 during World War I. Their brother, Peter Llewelyn-Davies, committed suicide on April 5, 1960.
From 1928 onward all royalties from the sales of "Peter Pan" were donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 1987 (50 years after Barrie's death), when normally royalty rights would have expired, by a special act of Parliament royalties were allowed to continue going to the hospital in perpetuity.
The son of a weaver, educated in Scotland.
Based the character of Captain Hook on a minister in East Sussex named Rev. John Maher, who was later revealed to have been a vicious pirate and had a hook for a hand.
His manager and close friend Charles Frohman was among those who died on the SS Lusitania when it was struck by a torpedo and he refused a lifeboat. When faced with his demise, he paraphrased Barrie's character Peter Pan and said, "Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure that life gives us".
George Bernard Shaw was his neighbor in London.
He founded an amateur cricket team for his friends. The people who played on the team at various times included such luminaries as H.G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.G. Wodehouse, Jerome K. Jerome, G.K. Chesterton, A.A. Milne, E.W. Hornung, A.E.W. Mason, Walter Raleigh, E.V. Lucas, Maurice Hewlett, Owen Seamons, Bernard Partridge, Augustine Birrell, Paul Du Chaillu, Henry Herbert La Thangue, George Cecil Ives, his adopted son George Llewelyn Davie and the son of Alfred Lord Tennyson. The team was called the Allahakbarries, under the mistaken belief that "Allah akbar" meant "Heaven help us" in Arabic (rather than "God is great").
His family initially tried to get him to become a minister.
When he was six years old his next-older brother David, whom he knew was his mother's favorite, died two days before his 14th birthday in an ice-skating accident. This left his mother devastated, and Barrie tried to fill David's place in his mother's attentions, even wearing David's clothes and whistling in the manner that he did. Barrie's mother found comfort in the fact that her dead son would remain a boy forever, never to grow up and leave her. This undoubtedly influenced James' most famous character, Peter Pan.
Played by Johnny Depp in Marc Forster's Finding Neverland (2004) (about the creation of "Peter Pan"), which also starred Kate Winslet as Sylvia Llewellyn-Davies and Dustin Hoffman as Charles Frohman. By coincidence, Hoffman had played Capt. Hook in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991), which depicted an adult Peter Pan.
Barrie's last major play, "Mary Rose", dating from 1920, was much admired by Alfred Hitchcock, who tried to set up a film version in 1964. Jay Presson Allen, screenwriter of his then-recent "Marnie", completed a first-draft screenplay, but Universal, with whom Hitchcock had recently entered into a long-term partnership, felt that it would be totally uncommercial and vigorously discouraged the project. Hitchcock liked to tell interviewers that it was actually written into his contract that he couldn't make a film of "Mary Rose" for Universal.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on accomplishment] Every man who is high up loves to think he has done it all himself; and his wife smiles, and lets it go at that.
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
Stars are beautiful, but they must not take an active part in anything, they must just look on forever. It is a punishment put on them for something they did so long ago that no star now knows what it was.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.

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