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Lionel Barrymore is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Sound American born on 28 april 1878 at Philadelphia (USA)

Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore
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Birth name Lionel Blythe
Nationality USA
Birth 28 april 1878 at Philadelphia (USA)
Death 15 november 1954 (at 76 years) at Van Nuys (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor

Lionel Barrymore (April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains perhaps best known for the role of the villainous Mr. Potter character in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. He was a member of the theatrical Barrymore family.

Biography

Né Lionel Herbert Blythe dans une célèbre famille d'acteurs de théâtre, il est le premier grand acteur de la dynastie à faire aussi carrière dans le cinéma. Songeant d'abord à se destiner à la peinture, il part à Paris où il étudie l'art. De retour aux États-Unis en 1908, il débute au cinéma en même temps que D. W. Griffith qui l'a engagé dès 1909 dans sa American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Il est à l'affiche entre autres films de Cœur d'apache (1912) et Judith of Bethulia (1914) . À cette époque, il a déjà réalisé plusieurs films (His Secret, Where is the Baby ?, No place for Father).

À partir de 1926, il signe un contrat avec la Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer avec laquelle il travaille jusqu'à la fin de sa carrière. On le voit régulièrement jouer aux côtés de Pearl White et de Greta Garbo. Il tourne notamment dans Faiblesse humaine de Raoul Walsh (1928). Avec l'avènement du cinéma parlant, Barrymore revient à la mise en scène avec Madame X (1929) et His Glorious Night (1929) pour lequel il compose la musique. La même année, il réalise encore The Unholy Night, puis Le Chant du bandit (The Rogue Song) en 1930. En tant qu'acteur, la transition du muet au parlant s'opère très naturellement pour lui grâce à une diction remarquable qu'il a acquise sur les planches. Il obtient l'Oscar du meilleur acteur en 1931 pour sa composition du père de Norma Shearer, brillant avocat dont la carrière est compromise par l'alcool dans A Free Soul de Clarence Brown. Au cours des années 1930, il joue dans divers films d'intérêts inégaux. Il est Raspoutine en 1932 dans Raspoutine and the Empress de Richard Boleslawski, dont il partage l'affiche avec sa sœur Ethel Barrymore et son frère John Barrymore. Son visage d'une grande expressivité, son regard perçant et son excellente diction conviennent parfaitement aux inquiétants personnages qu'il incarne dans les films La Marque du Vampire (1935) et Les Poupées du diable (The Devil-Doll) (1936) de Tod Browning.

À la fin des années 1930 et au début des années 1940, il est le Dr. Gillespie - personnage irascible comme il en a souvent interprété - dans la fameuse série Dr. Kildare, reprise au début des années 1960 à la télévision.
Au cours des années 1940, affaibli par une mauvaise santé qui le contraint à se déplacer en fauteuil roulant, il tourne néanmoins dans Duel au soleil (Duel in the Sun) de David O. Selznick (1946), La vie est belle de Frank Capra (1946), Key Largo de John Huston (1948) et Les Marins de l'Orgueilleux d'Henry Hathaway (1949). Par la suite, il ne tourne plus qu'un seul film, Main Street to Broadway de Tay Garnett en 1953.

Il meurt en novembre 1954 à l'âge de 76 ans.

Il est inhumé au Calvary Cemetery à Los Angeles.

Best films

Duel in the Sun (1946)
(Actor)
Key Largo (1948)
(Actor)
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
(Actor)
Sadie Thompson (1928)
(Actor)
Captains Courageous (1937)
(Actor)
Grand Hotel (1932)
(Actor)

Usually with

D. W. Griffith
D. W. Griffith
(47 films)
Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(51 films)
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
(45 films)
Alfred Paget
Alfred Paget
(29 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Lionel Barrymore (201 films)

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Actor

Home Alone
Home Alone (1990)
, 1h37
Directed by Chris Columbus
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Christmas films, Films about spiders, Children's films
Actors Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara, Roberts Blossom
Rating75% 3.7977453.7977453.7977453.7977453.797745
The night before their flight to Paris for a Christmas holiday, the McCallister family gather at the Winnetka, Illinois home of Peter (John Heard) and Kate (Catherine O'Hara) McCallister. Their 8-year-old son, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), is ridiculed by his siblings and cousins. After a fight with his older brother, Buzz (Devin Ratray), Kevin is sent to the third floor of the house, where he wishes that his family would disappear. During the night, a power outage resets the alarm clocks and causes the family to oversleep. In the confusion and rush to reach their flight on time, Kevin is left behind and the family is unaware until they are already airborne. Once in Paris, Peter and Kate try to book a flight home, but all the flights are booked for the next two days. The clerks put Kate on standby for any possible seat opening. The rest of the family goes to Peter's brother's home in Paris, and Kevin's siblings and cousins are crushed by empathy for their abuse toward Kevin.
That's Entertainment!, 2h15
Directed by Jack Haley Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli
Roles (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating76% 3.8468953.8468953.8468953.8468953.846895
Cette nostalgique leçon d'histoire recèle les trésors cachés des plus grandes comédies musicales de la MGM ainsi que de nombreux autres extraits merveilleux mais moins célèbres, avec Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Eleanor Powell et même Clark Gable chantant et dansant. « Il était une fois Hollywood » est une véritable gourmandise pour cinéphiles et amateurs de comédies musicales.
Our Mr. Sun, 54minutes
Directed by Frank Capra, William T. Hurtz
Origin USA
Actors Eddie Albert, Lionel Barrymore, Marvin Miller, Sterling Holloway
Roles Father Time (voice)
Rating73% 3.697393.697393.697393.697393.69739
The film opens with Dr. Research (Dr. Frank C. Baxter) and the Writer (Eddie Albert) meeting Father Time (Lionel Barrymore) and Mr. Sun (Marvin Miller) who explain that time started a few billion years ago and that the Sun is a star. Mr. Sun explains that he was worshipped as various gods (Shamash, Mithra, Ra and Apollo) until Anaxagoras proclaimed the Sun was a very hot stone and not a god. Logic and reasoning were the beginning of the end of worshiping the Sun as algebra and the astrolabe were used to study the heavens.
Lone Star
Lone Star (1952)
, 1h34
Directed by Vincent Sherman, John Waters
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Historical, Western
Actors Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Broderick Crawford, Ed Begley, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi
Roles Andrew Jackson
Rating61% 3.0983253.0983253.0983253.0983253.098325
Devereaux Burke gets a personal request from former President Andrew Jackson to help keep Texas from entering into annexation with Mexico. The movement is gaining favor because it is mistakenly believed that Texas pioneer Sam Houston supports it.
Right Cross, 1h30
Directed by John Sturges
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films
Actors June Allyson, Ricardo Montalbán, Dick Powell, Lionel Barrymore, Mimi Aguglia, Barry Kelley
Roles Sean O'Malley
Rating60% 3.004193.004193.004193.004193.00419
Sean O'Malley (Lionel Barrymore), a wheelchair-bound fight promoter who was once known as the best in his business, has lost his professional stature and is now suffering from poor health. Sean's daughter Pat (June Allyson) has taken over many of her father's responsibilities, and is romantically involved with Sean's best fighter, Johnny Monterez (Ricardo Montalban).
Malaya
Malaya (1949)
, 1h38
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Valentina Cortese, Sydney Greenstreet, John Hodiak, Lionel Barrymore
Roles John Manchester
Rating66% 3.346963.346963.346963.346963.34696
In January 1942 (a month after the United States has entered World War II), reporter John Royer (James Stewart) returns to the United States. He goes to see his friend, newspaper publisher John Manchester (Lionel Barrymore), about a scheme to smuggle out desperately needed rubber out of Japanese-occupied Malaya. Manchester, though he has been selected by the government to deal with the rubber shortage, does not seem interested, but later, government agent Kellar (John Hodiak) takes him to a meeting with Manchester and others. They give their approval.
Down to the Sea in Ships, 2h
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Cétacé, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, Dean Stockwell, Cecil Kellaway, Gene Lockhart, Berry Kroeger
Roles Bering Joy
Rating72% 3.6387553.6387553.6387553.6387553.638755
Whaling ship captain Bering Joy (Lionel Barrymore) takes his grandson Jed (Dean Stockwell) on a whaling expedition in order to teach the young boy real life values such as honesty, courage, wisdom, fairness and hard work.
Key Largo
Key Largo (1948)
, 1h41
Directed by John Huston
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Noir, Crime
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Gomez
Roles James Temple
Rating77% 3.898873.898873.898873.898873.89887
Ex-Major Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) arrives at the Hotel Largo in Key Largo, Florida, to visit the family of George Temple, a friend from the Army who had served under him and was killed in the Italian campaign. He meets with George's widow Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) and his father James (Lionel Barrymore), who owns the hotel. Because the winter vacation season has ended and a major hurricane is approaching, the hotel has only six guests: the dapper Toots (Harry Lewis), the boorish Curly (Thomas Gomez), stone-faced Ralph (William Haade), servant Angel (Dan Seymour), an attractive woman, Gaye Dawn (Claire Trevor) who suffers from alcoholism, and a sixth man who remains secluded in his room. They claim to have come to the Florida Keys for a fishing trip and have a charter boat waiting.
Dark Delusion, 1h30
Directed by Willis Goldbeck
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors James Craig, Lionel Barrymore, Lucille Bremer, Edward Arnold, Jayne Meadows, Henry Stephenson
Roles Leonard Gillespie
Rating62% 3.1016953.1016953.1016953.1016953.101695
Dr. Gillespie (Barrymore) asks a young surgeon, Dr. Tommy Coalt (Craig), to go to the small town of Bayhurst to replace a local doctor while he is on assignment to the Occupation effort in post-WWII Europe. There, Coalt is asked to sign mental-health commitment papers on a beautiful young socialite, Cynthia Grace (Bremer). Coalt thinks there is something amiss, and begins his own investigation.
It's a Wonderful Life, 2h10
Directed by Frank Capra
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about families, Christmas films, Films about religion, Films about angels, Alternate history films
Actors James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Thomas Mitchell, Samuel S. Hinds
Roles Henry F. Potter
Rating85% 4.298674.298674.298674.298674.29867
In Bedford Falls, New York, on Christmas Eve 1945, George Bailey is suicidal. Prayers for him reach Heaven. Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd Class, is assigned to save George in order to earn his angel wings. To prepare Clarence, his superior Joseph shows flashbacks of George's life.
Duel in the Sun, 2h9
Directed by William Dieterle, Otto Brower, David Selznick, Josef von Sternberg, King Vidor, William Cameron Menzies, Sidney Franklin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Themes Films about capital punishment
Actors Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore, Herbert Marshall, Lillian Gish
Roles Sen. Jackson Tilt McCanles
Rating67% 3.3988553.3988553.3988553.3988553.398855
Pearl Chavez (Jennifer Jones) is orphaned after her father Scott Chavez (Herbert Marshall) kills her mother (Tilly Losch), having caught his wife with a lover (Sidney Blackmer). Before Scott Chavez is executed as a punishment for killing his wife, he arranges for his daughter Pearl to live with his second cousin and old sweetheart, Laura Belle (Lillian Gish).
The Secret Heart, 1h37
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Claudette Colbert, Walter Pidgeon, June Allyson, Patricia Medina, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Sterling
Roles Dr. Rossiger
Rating64% 3.2471553.2471553.2471553.2471553.247155
Lee (Claudette Colbert) is engaged to marry Larry Adams (Richard Derr), a spendthrift widower with two children, son Chase (Robert Sterling) and daughter Penny (June Allyson). Lee had been living in England with her guardian aunt, who didn't approve of the match since Larry was an alcoholic, and while returning to America on an ocean liner, she meets Chris Matthews (Walter Pidgeon), a close friend of Larry's. Despite her loving feelings for Chris, she marries Larry, and moves to his farm in Rhode Island. Larry's talent is playing the piano, which he teaches Penny, but he gave up this ambition to work in a bank, to please his father. This frustrated ambition has ruined his life, and over the next two years Lee tries to confront his alcoholism, while trying to win Penny's confidence. While Lee is out for the night with Chris, Larry dies, his body found at the bottom of a cliff. He had committed suicide after two years of marriage, and on his death, it is reported that Larry had embezzled money from his clients. Lee sends Chris away and moves the family away from the farm, to New York where she takes a job to pay off Larry's debts, and withholds the truth from Penny, wanting to shield her from the stigma of scandal. Penny makes a hero out of Larry, who she believes died of a heart attack, and is unable to embrace Lee, who is now left to look after them alone.