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John Barrymore

John Blythe (February 15, 1882 - May 29, 1942), better known as John Barrymore, became famous as a Shakespearean actor, lauded for his Hamlet. His classic nose and distinguished features won him the nickname "The Great Profile." Barrymore was a hard drinking man with a troubled personal life that cut his life short. He appeared in several films including many of "Bulldog Drummond" B-movies -- Bulldog was the James Bond of the 1930s -- but never reached the heights he achieved on stage. He was the younger brother of actors Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore and the grandfather of Drew Barrymore.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

John Barrymore Facts

Birth NameJohn Blythe
BirthdayFebruary 14, 1882
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of deathMay 29, 1942 (age 60)

Selected Filmography

Curious George
It's A Wonderful Life
Titan A.E.
Key Largo
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Never Been Kissed
The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Complete Series
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