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Lionel Barrymore

from the trailer for David Copperfield (1935)
Born Lionel Herbert Blythe
April 12, 1878(1878-04-12)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,US
Died November 15, 1954 (aged 76)
Beverly Hills, California US
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1893—1954
Spouse(s) Doris Rankin (1904-1923) (divorced) 1 child
Irene Fenwick (1923-1936) (her death)

Lionel Barrymore (April 12, 1878[1] [2] – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, radio and film. 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 in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.

Contents

Early life

Barrymore was born Lionel Herbert Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of actors Georgiana Drew and Maurice Barrymore ( Blythe). He was the elder brother of Ethel and John Barrymore, the uncle of John Drew Barrymore, and the granduncle (or great-uncle) of Drew Barrymore. Barrymore was raised Roman Catholic.[3] He attended the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4]

In her autobiography Eleanor Farjeon recalled that she and Barrymore were friends as toddlers; she would take off her shoes and he would kiss her feet.[5]

During World War I Lionel staved off the deadly Spanish Influenza by taking cold alcohol baths as an antiseptic.

He was married twice, to actresses Doris Rankin and Irene Fenwick, a one-time lover of his brother John. Doris's sister Gladys was married to Lionel's uncle Sidney Drew, which made Gladys both his aunt and sister-in-law.

Doris Rankin bore Lionel two daughters, Ethel Barrymore II (b. 1908) and Mary Barrymore. Unfortunately, neither baby girl survived infancy, though Mary lived a few months. Lionel never truly recovered from the deaths of his girls, and their loss undoubtedly strained his marriage to Doris Rankin, which ended in 1923. Years later, Barrymore developed a fatherly affection for Jean Harlow, who was born around the same time as his two daughters and would have been around their age. When Jean died in 1937, Lionel and Clark Gable mourned her as though she had been family.

Stage career

Barrymore began his stage career in the mid 1890s acting with his grandmother Louisa Lane Drew. He appeared on Broadway in his early twenties with his uncle John Drew Jr. in such plays as The Second in Command (1901) and The Mummy and the Hummingbird (1902), both produced by Charles Frohman. In 1905 Lionel and his siblings John and Ethel were all being groomed under the tutelage of Frohman. That year Lionel appeared with John in a short play called Pantaloon while John appeared with Ethel in Alice-Sit-By-The-Fire. In 1910, after he and Doris had spent many years in Paris, Lionel came back to Broadway, where he established his reputation as a dramatic and character actor. He and his wife Doris often acted together when in the theater. He proved his talent in many other plays such as Peter Ibbetson (1917) (with brother John), The Copperhead (1918) (with wife Doris) and The Jest (1919) (again with John). Lionel gave a short lived performance on stage as MacBeth in 1921. The play was not successful and more than likely convinced Lionel to return to films permanently. One of Lionel's last plays was Laugh, Clown, Laugh in 1923 with his second wife Irene Fenwick. This play would later be made into a 1928 silent film starring Lionel's friend Lon Chaney.

Film career

Barrymore entered films around 1911 with D.W. Griffith. There are claims Lionel entered films in 1908 for Griffith in The Paris Hat but Griffith did not make a movie in 1908 with this title. Lionel and Doris were in Paris in 1908 where Lionel was attending art school and where their first baby Ethel was born. Lionel claims in his autobiography We Barrymores that he and Doris were in France when Bleriot flew the channel on July 25, 1909.

Lionel entered films the same year his uncle Sidney Drew began his film career at Vitagraph, which might have had an influence on Lionel. With Griffith, Lionel made such titles as The Battle (1911), The New York Hat (1912) and Three Friends (1913). In 1915 he co-starred with Lillian Russell in a movie called Wildfire, one of the legendary Russell's few film appearances. He also made a foray into directing at Biograph. The last silent film he directed, Life's Whirlpool (Metro Pictures 1917), starred his sister Ethel. Lionel seemingly forged a good relationship with Louis B. Mayer early on at Metro Pictures and before the formation of MGM in 1924.

Lionel made numerous silent features for Metro, most of them now lost. He was also in a position to freelance occasionally such as returning to Griffith in 1924 to film America. He would make his last film for Griffith in 1928's Drums of Love.

Lionel Barrymore and Irene Fenwick

After Lionel and Doris divorced in 1923, he married Irene Fenwick. The two of them went to Italy for Metro Pictures to film The Eternal City in Rome, blending work and honeymoon.

Prior to his marriage to Irene he and his brother John came to disharmony on the issue of Irene's past as one of John's lovers, after which the brothers didn't speak again for two years. They were next seen together at the premiere of John's film Don Juan in 1926 having patched up their differences. In 1924, he left Broadway for Hollywood permanently. He starred in the role as Frederick Harmon in director Henri Diamant-Berger's drama Fifty-Fifty (1925) opposite Hope Hampton and Louise Glaum. Barrymore made several more freelance motion pictures such as The Bells (Tiffany Pictures 1926) with unknown Boris Karloff. After 1926, however, he worked almost exclusively for MGM appearing opposite such luminaries as John Gilbert, Lon Chaney, Sr., Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Greta Garbo and his brother John.

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. Talkies were now a reality and Barrymore's stage-trained voice recorded well in sound tests. In 1929, he returned to directing films. During this early and imperfect sound film period, he made the controversial His Glorious Night with John Gilbert, Madame X starring Ruth Chatterton and Rogue Song Laurel & Hardy's first color film appearance. Barrymore returned to acting in front of the camera in 1931. In 1931, he won an Academy Award for his role of an alcoholic lawyer in A Free Soul (1931), after having been nominated in 1930 for Best Director for Madame X. He could play many types of characters, such as the evil Rasputin in the 1932 Rasputin and the Empress (in which he co-starred with siblings John and Ethel Barrymore) and the ailing Oliver Jordan in Dinner at Eight (1933 - also with John Barrymore, but they had no scenes together). However, during the 1930s and 1940s, he was stereotyped as grouchy, but usually sweet, elderly men in such films as The Mysterious Island (1929), Grand Hotel (1932, with John), Captains Courageous (1937), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Duel in the Sun (1946), and Key Largo (1948).

AFRS "Concert Hall" Radio Show, circa 1947

He played the irascible Doctor Gillespie in a series of Doctor Kildare movies in the 1930s and 1940s, repeating the role in the radio series throughout the 1940s. He also played the title role in another 1940s radio series, Mayor of the Town. Barrymore had broken his hip in an accident, hence he played Gillespie in a wheelchair; later, his worsening arthritis kept him in the chair.[6] The injury also precluded his playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 MGM film version of A Christmas Carol, a role which Barrymore had played annually on the radio since 1934, and would continue to 1951.

His final film appearance was a cameo in Main Street to Broadway, an MGM musical comedy released in 1953. His sister Ethel also appeared in the film.

Perhaps his best known role, due to perennial Christmas time replays on television, was Mr. Potter, the miserly and mean-spirited banker in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). The role suggested that of the "unreformed" stage of Barrymore's "Scrooge" characterization.

Death

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.[7]

Lionel Barrymore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1911 Fighting Blood Directed by D. W. Griffith
The Battle wagon driver Directed by D. W. Griffith
The Miser's Heart Directed by D. W. Griffith
1912 Friends Grizzley Fallon (Dandy Jack's friend)
The Chief's Blanket Directed by D. W. Griffith
Heredity woodsman
The New York Hat minister
1913 The Tender Hearted Boy
Oil and Water In First Audience/In Second Audience/Visitor
Almost a Wild Man In audience
The Work Habit The father
The Strong Man's Burden John
The Battle at Elderbush Gulch
1914 Judith of Bethulia extra
Strongheart Billy Saunders
1921 The Great Adventure Priam Farll
1924 I Am the Man James McQuade
1925 Fifty-Fifty Frederick Harmon
1926 The Bells Mathias
The Temptress Canterac
1927 The Show The Greek
Body and Soul Dr. Leyden
1928 Sadie Thompson Alfred Davidson
West of Zanzibar Mr. Crane
1929 Madame X director
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Director
The Unholy Night director
The Mysterious Island Count Dakkar
1930 The Sea Bat director (uncredited)
1931 A Free Soul Stephen Ashe, Defense Attorney Academy Award for Best Actor
The Yellow Ticket Baron Igor Andrey
Mata Hari Gen. Serge Shubin
1932 Broken Lullaby Dr. Holderlin
Arsène Lupin Det. Guerchard
Grand Hotel Otto Kringelein
Rasputin and the Empress Rasputin includes John, Ethel, and Lionel
1933 Dinner at Eight Oliver Jordan
One Man's Journey Eli Watt
Should Ladies Behave Augustus Merrick
1934 Carolina Bob Connelly
The Girl from Missouri Thomas Randall 'T.R.' Paige
Treasure Island Billy Bones
1935 The Personal History, Adventures,
Experience, and Observation of David
Copperfield, the Younger
Dan’l Peggotty
The Little Colonel Col. Lloyd
Mark of the Vampire Professor
Public Hero No. 1 Dr. Josiah Glass
Ah, Wilderness! Nat Miller
1936 The Road to Glory Pvt. Moran
The Devil-Doll Paul Lavond
The Gorgeous Hussy Andrew Jackson
Camille Monsieur Duval
1937 Captains Courageous Disko
A Family Affair Judge James K. Hardy
Navy Blue and Gold Capt. 'Skinny' Dawes
Saratoga Grandpa Clayton
1938 A Yank at Oxford Dan Sheridan
Test Pilot Howard B. Drake
You Can't Take It with You Grandpa Martin Vanderhof
Young Dr. Kildare Dr. Gillespie
1939 Let Freedom Ring Thomas Logan
Calling Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Gillespie
On Borrowed Time Julian Northrup (Gramps)
The Secret of Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie
1940 The Stars Look Down Narrator voice, uncredited
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Dr. Kildare Goes Home Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Dr. Kildare's Crisis Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1941 The Penalty 'Grandpop' Logan
The Bad Man Uncle Henry Jones
The People vs. Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Lady Be Good Judge Murdock
1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Calling Dr. Gillespie Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Tennessee Johnson Thaddeus Stevens
1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Dr. Leonard Gillespie
The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith Gramps
A Guy Named Joe The General
1944 Three Men in White Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
Since You Went Away Clergyman
Dragon Seed Narrator voice, uncredited
1945 Between Two Women Dr. Leonard Gillespie
The Valley of Decision Pat Rafferty
1946 Three Wise Fools Dr. Richard Gaunght
It's a Wonderful Life Henry F. Potter
The Secret Heart Dr. Rossiger
Duel in the Sun Sen. Jackson McCanles
1947 Dark Delusion Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1948 Key Largo James Temple
1949 Down to the Sea in Ships Capt. Bering Joy
Malaya John Manchester
1950 Right Cross Sean O'Malley
1951 Bannerline Hugo Trimble
1952 Lone Star Andrew Jackson
1953 Main Street to Broadway Himself (with his sister Ethel)

See also

References

  1. ^ WE BARRYMORES by Lionel Barrymore & Cameron Shipp c.1952
  2. ^ We Barrymores page 14
  3. ^ NOTABLES ATTEND BARRYMORE RITES; Hollywood Stars Join Throng at Burial... - Free Preview - The New York Times
  4. ^ "A Quiz about Main Line Schools". The Main Line Times. 2008-09-03. http://www.mainlinetimes.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/SingleWeekly?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_wk_article&r21.pgpath=%2FMLT%2FLife&r21.content=%2FMLT%2FLife%2FHeadlineList_Story_2429913. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  5. ^ Farjeon, Eleanor, A Nursery in the Nineties (Gollancz, 1935).
  6. ^ Landazuri, Margaret. Archives Spotlight: Young Dr. Kildare. Turner Classic Movies.com. Accessed: 7 December 2007.
  7. ^ "Lionel Barrymore Is Dead at 76.". New York Times. November 16, 1954, Tuesday. 

Further reading

  • Menefee, David W. The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era.

External links


Lionel Barrymore
Born Lionel Herbert Blythe
April 28, 1878(1878-04-28)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died November 15, 1954 (aged 76)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1893–1954
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Lionel Barrymore (April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio.[1] 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 in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.

Contents

Early life

Barrymore was born Lionel Herbert Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of actors Georgiana Drew and Maurice Barrymore ( Blythe). He was the elder brother of Ethel and John Barrymore, the uncle of John Drew Barrymore and Diana Barrymore, and the granduncle (or great-uncle) of Drew Barrymore. Barrymore was raised Roman Catholic.[2] He attended the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3]

In her autobiography Eleanor Farjeon recalled that she and Barrymore were friends as toddlers; she would take off her shoes and he would kiss her feet.[4]

During World War I Lionel staved off the deadly Spanish Influenza by taking cold alcohol baths as an antiseptic.

He was married twice, to actresses Doris Rankin and Irene Fenwick, a one-time lover of his brother John. Doris's sister Gladys was married to Lionel's uncle Sidney Drew, which made Gladys both his aunt and sister-in-law.

Doris Rankin bore Lionel two daughters, Ethel Barrymore II (b. 1908) and Mary Barrymore. Unfortunately, neither baby girl survived infancy, though Mary lived a few months. Lionel never truly recovered from the deaths of his girls, and their loss undoubtedly strained his marriage to Doris Rankin, which ended in 1923. Years later, Barrymore developed a fatherly affection for Jean Harlow, who was born around the same time as his two daughters and would have been around their age. When Jean died in 1937, Lionel and Clark Gable mourned her as though she had been family.

Stage career

Barrymore began his stage career in the mid 1890s acting with his grandmother Louisa Lane Drew. He appeared on Broadway in his early twenties with his uncle John Drew Jr. in such plays as The Second in Command (1901) and The Mummy and the Hummingbird (1902), both produced by Charles Frohman. In 1905 Lionel and his siblings John and Ethel were all being groomed under the tutelage of Frohman. That year Lionel appeared with John in a short play called Pantaloon while John appeared with Ethel in Alice-Sit-By-The-Fire. In 1910, after he and Doris had spent many years in Paris, Lionel came back to Broadway, where he established his reputation as a dramatic and character actor. He and his wife Doris often acted together when in the theater. He proved his talent in many other plays such as Peter Ibbetson (1917) (with brother John), The Copperhead (1918) (with wife Doris) and The Jest (1919) (again with John). Lionel gave a short lived performance on stage as MacBeth in 1921. The play was not successful and more than likely convinced Lionel to return to films permanently. One of Lionel's last plays was Laugh, Clown, Laugh in 1923 with his second wife Irene Fenwick. This play would later be made into a 1928 silent film starring Lionel's friend Lon Chaney.

Film career

Barrymore entered films around 1911 with D.W. Griffith. There are claims Lionel entered films in 1908 for Griffith in The Paris Hat but Griffith did not make a movie in 1908 with this title. Lionel and Doris were in Paris in 1908 where Lionel was attending art school and where their first baby Ethel was born. Lionel claims in his autobiography We Barrymores that he and Doris were in France when Bleriot flew the channel on July 25, 1909.

Lionel entered films the same year his uncle Sidney Drew began his film career at Vitagraph, which might have had an influence on Lionel. With Griffith, Lionel made such titles as The Battle (1911), The New York Hat (1912) and Three Friends (1913). In 1915 he co-starred with Lillian Russell in a movie called Wildfire, one of the legendary Russell's few film appearances. He also made a foray into directing at Biograph. The last silent film he directed, Life's Whirlpool (Metro Pictures 1917), starred his sister Ethel. Lionel seemingly forged a good relationship with Louis B. Mayer early on at Metro Pictures and before the formation of MGM in 1924.

Lionel made numerous silent features for Metro, most of them now lost. He was also in a position to freelance occasionally such as returning to Griffith in 1924 to film America. He would make his last film for Griffith in 1928's Drums of Love.

File:Lionel Barrymore & Irene
Lionel Barrymore and Irene Fenwick

After Lionel and Doris divorced in 1923, he married Irene Fenwick. The two of them went to Italy for Metro Pictures to film The Eternal City in Rome, blending work and honeymoon.

Prior to his marriage to Irene he and his brother John came to disharmony on the issue of Irene's chastity as one of John's lovers, after which the brothers didn't speak again for two years. They were next seen together at the premiere of John's film Don Juan in 1926 having patched up their differences. In 1924, he left Broadway for Hollywood permanently. He starred in the role as Frederick Harmon in director Henri Diamant-Berger's drama Fifty-Fifty (1925) opposite Hope Hampton and Louise Glaum. Barrymore made several more freelance motion pictures such as The Bells (Tiffany Pictures 1926) with unknown Boris Karloff. After 1926, however, he worked almost exclusively for MGM appearing opposite such luminaries as John Gilbert, Lon Chaney, Sr., Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Greta Garbo and his brother John.

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. Talkies were now a reality and Barrymore's stage-trained voice recorded well in sound tests. In 1929, he returned to directing films. During this early and imperfect sound film period, he made the controversial His Glorious Night with John Gilbert, Madame X starring Ruth Chatterton and Rogue Song Laurel & Hardy's first color film appearance. Barrymore returned to acting in front of the camera in 1931. In 1931, he won an Academy Award for his role of an alcoholic lawyer in A Free Soul (1931), after having been nominated in 1930 for Best Director for Madame X. He could play many types of characters, such as the evil Rasputin in the 1932 Rasputin and the Empress (in which he co-starred with siblings John and Ethel Barrymore) and the ailing Oliver Jordan in Dinner at Eight (1933 - also with John Barrymore, but they had no scenes together). However, during the 1930s and 1940s, he was stereotyped as grouchy, but usually sweet, elderly men in such films as The Mysterious Island (1929), Grand Hotel (1932, with John), Captains Courageous (1937), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Duel in the Sun (1946), and Key Largo (1948).

He played the irascible Doctor Gillespie in a series of Doctor Kildare movies in the 1930s and 1940s, repeating the role in the radio series throughout the 1940s. He also played the title role in another 1940s radio series, Mayor of the Town. Barrymore had broken his hip in an accident, hence he played Gillespie in a wheelchair; later, his worsening arthritis kept him in the chair.[5] The injury also precluded his playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 MGM film version of A Christmas Carol, a role which Barrymore had played annually on the radio since 1934, and would continue to 1951.

His final film appearance was a cameo in Main Street to Broadway, an MGM musical comedy released in 1953. His sister Ethel also appeared in the film.

Perhaps his best known role, due to perennial Christmas time replays on television, was Mr. Potter, the miserly and mean-spirited banker in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). The role suggested that of the "unreformed" stage of Barrymore's "Scrooge" characterization. Lionel's wife Irene died Christmas Eve 1936 and Lionel did not perform his annual Scrooge that year. John however filled in as Scrooge for his grieving brother in the radio program that year. Lionel loathed the income tax system which kept him working to the end of his life. He expressed an interest to appear on television in the 1950s but felt compelled to remain loyal to his old friend and employer Louis B. Mayer and MGM.[6]

Death

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.[7]

Lionel Barrymore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street.

Partial filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1911 Fighting Blood Directed by D. W. Griffith
The Battle wagon driver Directed by D. W. Griffith
The Miser's Heart Directed by D. W. Griffith
1912 Friends Grizzley Fallon (Dandy Jack's friend) Directed by D. W. Griffith
The Chief's Blanket Directed by D. W. Griffith
Heredity woodsman Directed by D. W. Griffith
The New York Hat minister Directed by D. W. Griffith
1913 The Tender Hearted Boy Directed by D. W. Griffith
Oil and Water In First Audience/In Second Audience/Visitor Directed by D. W. Griffith
Almost a Wild Man In audience
The Work Habit The father
The Strong Man's Burden John
The Battle at Elderbush Gulch Directed by D. W. Griffith
1914 Judith of Bethulia extra Directed by D. W. Griffith
Strongheart Billy Saunders
1921 The Great Adventure Priam Farll
1924 I Am the Man James McQuade
1925 Fifty-Fifty Frederick Harmon
1926 The Bells Mathias
The Temptress Canterac
1927 The Show The Greek
Body and Soul Dr. Leyden
1928 Sadie Thompson Alfred Davidson
West of Zanzibar Mr. Crane
1929 Madame X director
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Director
The Unholy Night director
The Mysterious Island Count Dakkar
1930 The Sea Bat director (uncredited)
1931 Ten Cents a Dance director
A Free Soul Stephen Ashe, Defense Attorney Academy Award for Best Actor
The Yellow Ticket Baron Igor Andrey
Mata Hari Gen. Serge Shubin
1932 Broken Lullaby Dr. Holderlin
Arsène Lupin Det. Guerchard
Grand Hotel Otto Kringelein
Rasputin and the Empress Rasputin includes John, Ethel, and Lionel
1933 Dinner at Eight Oliver Jordan
One Man's Journey Eli Watt
Should Ladies Behave Augustus Merrick
1934 Carolina Bob Connelly
The Girl from Missouri Thomas Randall 'T.R.' Paige
Treasure Island Billy Bones
1935 The Personal History, Adventures,
Experience, and Observation of David
Copperfield, the Younger
Dan’l Peggotty
The Little Colonel Col. Lloyd
Mark of the Vampire Professor
Public Hero No. 1 Dr. Josiah Glass
Ah, Wilderness! Nat Miller
1936 The Road to Glory Pvt. Moran
The Devil-Doll Paul Lavond
The Gorgeous Hussy Andrew Jackson
Camille Monsieur Duval
1937 Captains Courageous Captain Disko Troop
A Family Affair Judge James K. Hardy
Navy Blue and Gold Capt. 'Skinny' Dawes
Saratoga Grandpa Clayton
1938 A Yank at Oxford Dan Sheridan
Test Pilot Howard B. Drake
You Can't Take It with You Grandpa Martin Vanderhof
Young Dr. Kildare Dr. Gillespie
1939 Let Freedom Ring Thomas Logan
Calling Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Gillespie
On Borrowed Time Julian Northrup (Gramps)
The Secret of Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie
1940 The Stars Look Down Narrator voice, uncredited
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Dr. Kildare Goes Home Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Dr. Kildare's Crisis Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1941 The Penalty 'Grandpop' Logan
The Bad Man Uncle Henry Jones
The People vs. Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Lady Be Good Judge Murdock
1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Calling Dr. Gillespie Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Tennessee Johnson Thaddeus Stevens
1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Dr. Leonard Gillespie
The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith Gramps
A Guy Named Joe The General
1944 Three Men in White Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
Since You Went Away Clergyman
Dragon Seed Narrator voice, uncredited
1945 Between Two Women Dr. Leonard Gillespie
The Valley of Decision Pat Rafferty
1946 Three Wise Fools Dr. Richard Gaunght
It's a Wonderful Life Henry F. Potter
The Secret Heart Dr. Rossiger
Duel in the Sun Sen. Jackson McCanles
1947 Dark Delusion Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1948 Key Largo James Temple
1949 Down to the Sea in Ships Capt. Bering Joy
Malaya John Manchester
1950 Right Cross Sean O'Malley
1951 Bannerline Hugo Trimble
1952 Lone Star Andrew Jackson
1953 Main Street to Broadway Himself (with his sister Ethel)

See also

References

  1. ^ Obituary Variety, November 17, 1954.
  2. ^ "NOTABLES ATTEND BARRYMORE RITES; Hollywood Stars Join Throng at Burial of Member of Famed Acting Family". The New York Times. November 19, 1954. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FB0E16F63E59177B93CBA8178AD95F408585F9. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ "A Quiz about Main Line Schools". The Main Line Times. 2008-09-03. http://www.mainlinetimes.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/SingleWeekly?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_wk_article&r21.pgpath=%2FMLT%2FLife&r21.content=%2FMLT%2FLife%2FHeadlineList_Story_2429913. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  4. ^ Farjeon, Eleanor, A Nursery in the Nineties (Gollancz, 1935).
  5. ^ Landazuri, Margaret. Archives Spotlight: Young Dr. Kildare. Turner Classic Movies.com. Accessed: 7 December 2007.
  6. ^ The Barrymores by Hollis Alpert c.1964
  7. ^ "Lionel Barrymore Is Dead at 76.". New York Times. November 16, 1954, Tuesday. 

Further reading

  • Menefee, David W. The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era.

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