John Barrymore

Actor, Author, Scenic and poster design
Affectionately referred to as "The Great Profile," the classically handsome actor John Barrymore was more suited for leading man roles than his older sibling, Lionel, and more inclined to work in film than his revered ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Actor (27)

Marie Antoinette 1937 (Movie)

King Louis XV (Actor)

Maytime 1936 (Movie)

(Nicolai) (Actor)

Romeo and Juliet 1935 (Movie)

Mercutio (Actor)

Twentieth Century 1934 (Movie)

Oscar Jaffe (Actor)

Dinner at Eight 1932 (Movie)

Larry Renault (Actor)

Grand Hotel 1932 (Movie)

Baron felix von Gaigern (Actor)

Reunion in Vienna 1932 (Movie)


Topaze 1932 (Movie)

Topaze (Actor)

A Bill of Divorcement 1931 (Movie)

Hilary (Actor)

Tempest 1927 (Movie)


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1919 (Movie)


Bulldog Drummond's Peril (Movie)

Col. Nielson (Actor)

Eternal Love (Movie)

Marcus Paltram (Actor)

General Crack (Movie)

Gen. Crack (Actor)

Hold That Co-Ed (Movie)

Governor (Actor)

Long Lost Father (Movie)

Carl Bellaire (Actor)

Playmates (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rasputin and the Empress (Movie)

Prince Paul Chegodieff (Actor)

Spawn of the North (Movie)

Windy Turlon (Actor)

State's Attorney (Movie)

Tom Cardigan (Actor)

The Beloved Rogue (Movie)

Francois Villon (Actor)

The Great Man Votes (Movie)

Vance (Actor)

The Great Profile (Movie)

Evans Garrick (Actor)

The Mad Genius (Movie)

Ivan Tzarakov (Actor)

The Sea Beast (Movie)

Ahab Ceeley (Actor)

True Confession (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

World Premiere (Movie)

Duncan DeGrasse (Actor)


Affectionately referred to as "The Great Profile," the classically handsome actor John Barrymore was more suited for leading man roles than his older sibling, Lionel, and more inclined to work in film than his revered stage actress sister, Ethel. The youngest member of the renowned Barrymore acting dynasty, the exceptionally adaptable performer transitioned from acclaimed work on Broadway to the emerging medium of silent pictures in films like "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920). He made the move to sound appear just as effortless in such heralded works as "Moby Dick" (1930), "The Mad Genius" (1931) and "Grand Hotel" (1932), the latter of which boasted an all-star cast, including brother Lionel and Greta Garbo. Films of the time, like "A Bill of Divorcement" (1932), "Dinner at Eight" (1933) and "Twentieth Century" (1934) consistently placed Barrymore at the top of the box office heap. The actor's unrestrained affection for women and alcohol, however, eventually eroded both his ability to maintain his finances and perform to expectation. A late-career turn as the star of "The Great Man Votes" (1939) gave audiences one last glimpse of his innate talent before giving way to self-parodies like "The Great Profile" (1940). Nonetheless, Barrymore's contributions to theater and film would be undeniable, continuing to reverberate in the performances of such actors as Sir Laurence Olivier and his own granddaughter, Drew Barrymore, and his storied life referenced in such films as "My Favorite Year" (1982).


Dolores Ethel Mae Barrymore

born on 1930 mother, Dolores Costello

Elaine Barrie

born in 1915 married on November 6, 1936 divorced after several months, but later had decree set aside

Drew Barrymore Actor

Born on Feb. 22, 1975 to John Drew Barrymore and Ildiko Jaid Mako (Jaid Barrymore)

Maurice Barrymore

born on September 21, 1847

Diana Barrymore

born on March 3, 1920 died in 1960 mother, Michael Strange author of autobiography, "Too Much, Too Soon" (1957)

John Barrymore

born in 1932, mother, Dolores Costello

Lionel Barrymore

born on April 28, 1878 died on November 15, 1954 acted together in film on several occasions

Ethel Barrymore

born on August 15, 1879 died on June 18, 1959 acted together with John and with brother Lionel in "Rasputin and the Empress" (1932)

John Barrymore

born in 1954

Dolores Costello Actor


Dolores Costello

born in 1906 leading lady in several Barrymore vehicles married in 1928 went into semi-retirement after birth of daughter and son divorced in 1934 died in 1979

Georgiana Drew


John Drew


Katherine Harris

married on September 1, 1910 at age 18 against wishes of her father but with mother's blessing divorced on December 4, 1917 died at 1927

Eliza Lane


Michael Strange

born in 1890 formerly Mrs. Leonard Thomas once cited by French artist Helleu as the most beautiful woman in the USA mother of Diana married on August 5, 1920 divorced died in 1950



Recited Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy in last film "Playmates"


Realized long ambition to portray a Shakespearian character on film; played Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet"


Seriously ill; journeyed to India upon recovery


Made Technicolor tests of Hamlet's soliloquies for a film which was never made


Recited from "Richard III" in first sound film appearance, "Show of Shows"


Starred in first film with recorded and synchronized musical score, "Don Juan"


Enjoyed great stage successes in New York, London, and on tour, especially with "Richard III" and "Hamlet"


Screen acting debut, "An American Citizen"


Achieved matinee idol status in "The Fortune Hunter"


New York debut, "Glad of It"


Stage debut, "Magda"