John (Blyth) Barrymore
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John Sidney (Blyth) Barrymore (1882 - 1942)

John Sidney "Jack" Barrymore formerly Blyth
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1910 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USAmap
Husband of — married 5 Aug 1920 (to May 1925) [location unknown]
Husband of — married 14 Nov 1928 (to 9 Oct 1935) in Beverley Hill, Los Angeles, California, USAmap
Husband of — married 9 Nov 1936 (to 23 Apr 1937) in Yuma, Yuma, Arizona, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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John (Blyth) Barrymore is Notable.

John Sydney Blythe was born on February 15, 1882, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County. Although the Barrymore family bible puts his date of birth as February 15, 1882, his birth certificate shows February 14. He was the youngest of three children. His siblings were Lionel (b. April 1878), and Ethel (b. August 1879). His father was Maurice Barrymore, an Indian-born British actor.[1] He later became known as John Barrymore and nicknamed “The Great Profile.” John is considered one of the most famous in the Barrymore Family, which is also known as the American Theatre’s Royal Family. Barrymore’s mother, Georgiana Drew Barrymore, was a comic actress. His father, Maurice Barrymore, who was formerly known as Herbert Blythe, was also an actor. John Barrymore had two siblings: Lionel and Ethel, who were both actors as well. As a child, John was raised by his grandmother, Louisa Lane Drew, since his mother and father had acting careers that required them to travel.[2]

John Barrymore attended King’s College in Wimbledon and New York’s Art Student League. After his education, John pursued an art career. He sketched for the New York Evening Journal. However, acting came naturally to most of the Barrymores and it was an easy way for John to make money, so he began an acting career. [2]

He began his career in 1903 and first gained attention as a stage actor in light comedy, then high drama, culminating in productions of Justice (1916), Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922); his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the "greatest living American tragedian".[1]

After a success as Hamlet in London in 1925, Barrymore left the stage for 14 years and instead focused entirely on films. In the silent film era, he was well received in such pictures as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), Sherlock Holmes (1922) and The Sea Beast (1926). During this period, he gained his nickname, the Great Profile. His stage-trained voice proved an asset when sound films were introduced, and three of his works, Grand Hotel (1932), Twentieth Century (1934) and Midnight (1939) have been inducted into the National Film Registry.[1]


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  • 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 134; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 1605; Image: 1016.0; FHL microfilm: 2339869.
  • 1940; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T627_407; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 60-219.
  • State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
  • 1925; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 3648; Line: 28; Page Number: 17.
  • “John Barrymore.” Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. 2007. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. 6 Mar. 2007.

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