George Barbier

Actor
After a 40-year career on the stage, actor George Barbier went on to another 15-year run in films, generally as a supporting player in successful businessman and troubled father roles. Born in Philadelphia, he initially ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

Hello, Frisco, Hello 1942 (Movie)

Col. Weatherby (Actor)

Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Million Dollar Baby 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Waikiki Wedding 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Milky Way 1935 (Movie)

Wilbur Austin (Actor)

The Crusades 1934 (Movie)

Sancho - King of Navarre (Actor)

The Merry Widow 1933 (Movie)

King (Actor)

One Hour With You 1931 (Movie)

Police Commissioner (Actor)

The Big Broadcast 1931 (Movie)

Clapsaddle (Actor)

The Big Pond 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

After a 40-year career on the stage, actor George Barbier went on to another 15-year run in films, generally as a supporting player in successful businessman and troubled father roles. Born in Philadelphia, he initially studied for the ministry before a seminary pageant lured him to the stage, first in Pennsylvania and for a subsequent decade on Broadway. He joined the Hollywood ranks when already well into his 60s, beginning with the 1930 romantic comedy "The Big Pond". Notable films include a pair of Ernst Lubitsch musicals, "The Smiling Lieutenant" and "The Merry Widow", both featuring Maurice Chevalier, and the pre-Code gem "Skyscraper Souls", where Barbier plays a delightfully lecherous drunk competing with Warren William for Maureen O'Sullivan's attention. He worked steadily into the '40s with appearances in other popular fare such as the James Cagney biopic musical about George M. Cohan, "Yankee Doodle Dandy", and the comedy with Bette Davis as part of an ensemble cast, "The Man Who Came to Dinner". Barbier died of a heart attack in 1945, shortly after completing work on the musical comedy "Her Lucky Night".

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