Lionel Barrymore

  • Birth Name: Lionel Blythe
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: November 15, 1954
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Writer

Fast Facts

  • First appeared onstage with his parents during his infancy.
  • Wanted to be an artist but reluctantly joined brother John and sister Ethel in the "family business."
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1900 in Sag Harbor.
  • Studied painting in Paris in the early 1900s.
  • Was a contract player with MGM for 25 years, occasionally directing.
  • Starting in 1938, had a recurring role as Dr. Gillespie in the Dr. Kildare film series.
  • By the age of 60, had become wheelchair-bound due to severe arthritis, but continued to act, particularly in curmudgeonly roles such as Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
  • The great-uncle of actress Drew Barrymore.

Awards

  • 1931, Oscar — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1929, Oscar — Best Directing: Nominee

Relationships

  • Ethel Barrymore II — Daughter
  • Georgiana Drew Barrymore — Mother
  • John Drew Barrymore — Nephew
  • Ethel Barrymore — Sister
  • Doris Rankin — Ex-wife
  • Irene Fenwick — Wife (deceased)
  • John Drew — Grandfather
  • Samuel Colt — Nephew
  • Dolores Ethel Mae Barrymore — Niece
  • Louisa Lane Drew — Grandmother
  • John Drew Jr. — Uncle
  • Mary Barrymore — Daughter
  • Diana Barrymore — Niece
  • John Barrymore — Brother
  • Sidney Drew — Uncle
  • John Drew Colt — Nephew
  • Ethel Miglietta — Niece
  • Maurice Barrymore — Father

College

  • Attended Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, United States
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