Lionel Barrymore

American actor, director, screenwriter (1878–1954) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blyth; April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director.[1] He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and is known to modern audiences for the role of villainous Mr. Potter in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.

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Lionel Barrymore
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Barrymore c. 1910
Born
Lionel Herbert Blyth

(1878-04-28)April 28, 1878
DiedNovember 15, 1954(1954-11-15) (aged 76)
OccupationActor
Years active1893–1954
Political partyRepublican
Spouses
(m. 1904; div. 1922)
(m. 1923; died 1936)
Children2
Parent(s)Maurice Barrymore
Georgiana Drew
FamilyBarrymore
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young 'Li with John, Ethel and their mother. 1890

He is also particularly remembered as Ebenezer Scrooge in annual broadcasts of A Christmas Carol during his last two decades. He is also known for playing Dr. Leonard Gillespie in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's nine Dr. Kildare films, a role he reprised in a further six films focusing solely on Gillespie and in a radio series titled The Story of Dr. Kildare. He was a member of the theatrical Barrymore family.

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