BARRYMORE, Lionel [1878-1954] -- American actor, composer, &c, Academy Award
né BLYTHE, Lionel Herbert
Academy Award (1931: Best Actor: A Free Soul )
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (two)
He abandoned early plans of a career as an artist for acting,
despite professing a loathing of that profession.
From 1938 he acted from a wheelchair due to a hip injury and advancing arthritis.
Despite Barrymore's nomination for an Academy Award as Best Director,
Leonard Maltin names Madame X as
among the worst films ever made.
| Father, Maurice Barrymore, dies |
| Screen debut: The Paris Hat |
| He plays in an astoundinng 44 (mostly) D.W. Griffith 1- and 2-reelers |
| Invents the boom microphone (Madame X) |
| Academy Award |
| Plays Dr. Gillespie in a popular series of "Dr. Kildare" films |
| First oscar-winning brother and sister (with Ethel) |
Christopher Bean (1933 film) The Copperhead (1920 film) David Copperfield (1935 film Dan Peggotty) Halloween: A Musical Fairy Tale (1946 score) It's a Wonderful Life (1946 film Mr. Potter) Key Largo (1948 film James Temple) Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale (1953 novel) Peter Ibbetson (1917 film) Preludium and Fugue (1944 score) Scherzo Grotesque The story of Dr. Kildare (1950-1951 radio show Dr. Gillespie) Tableau Russe (1940 score) Treasure Island (1934 film Billy Bones) Two Compositions for Piano (1945 score) We Barrymores (1951 autobiography)
- Father: ¤BARRYMORE, Maurice [1849-1905] Anglo-American actor, playwright
- Mother: ¤BARRYMORE, Georgie [1855-1893] American actress
- Sister: ¤BARRYMORE, Ethel [1879-1959] American actress, Academy Award
- Brother: ¤BARRYMORE, John [1882-1942] American actor
- Wife 1: ¤RANKIN, Doris [1888-1946] American actress
- Wife 2: ¤FENWICK, Irene [1877-1936] American actress