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John Barrymore

John Barrymore
John Barrymore (aged 40) in 1922
Personal information
Birth nameJohn Sidney Blyth
Birth dateFebruary 15, 1882
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Date of deathMay 29, 1942(age 60)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, US
Years active1903 1941
SpouseKatherine Corri Harris (1910 1917)
Blanche Oelrichs (1920 1925) 1 child
Dolores Costello (1928 1934) 2 children
Elaine Barrie (1936 1940)

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John Sidney Blyth (February 15, 1882 May 29, 1942), better known as John Barrymore, was an acclaimed American actor. He first gained fame as a handsome stage actor in light comedy, then high drama and culminating in groundbreaking portrayals in Shakespearean plays Hamlet and Richard III. His success continued with motion pictures in various genres in both the silent and sound eras. Barrymore's personal life has been the subject of much writing before and since his passing in 1942. Today John Barrymore is mostly known for his roles in movies like Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1920), Grand Hotel (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Twentieth Century (1934), and Don Juan (1926), the first ever movie to use a Vitaphone soundtrack.

A member of a multi-generation theatrical dynasty, he was the brother of Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore, and was the paternal grandfather of Drew Barrymore.

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