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Lionel Barrymore

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Barrymore in 1923

Source: Wikipedia

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.

Fact file

  • Born: Lionel Herbert Blythe April 28, 1878 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Died: November 15, 1954 (aged 76) Van Nuys, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Heart attack
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Years active: 1893–1954
  • Notable work: A Free Soul It's a Wonderful Life Young Dr. Kildare
  • Political party: Republican
  • Spouse(s): Doris Rankin (m. 1904–23) (divorced) Irene Fenwick (m. 1923–36) (her death)

Read more about Lionel Barrymore at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: April 17
Playbill Combined , 2015-04-17 04:00:07
1917 John Barrymore stars in Gerald DuMaurier's Peter Ibbetson at Broadway's Republic Theatre. Lionel Barrymore, Constance Collier, Madge Evans, and Laura Hope Crews are also in the cast. There will be 71 performances.

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: March 26
Playbill Combined , 2015-03-26 04:00:35
1905 Actor Maurice Barrymore dies today. He was father to Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore. He was 57 years old.

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 10
Playbill Combined , 2015-01-10 05:00:21
1820 Birthday of Louisa Lane Drew, matriarch of the Drew and Barrymore acting dynasty that would eventually include John Drew, Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and today's Drew Barrymore.

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