John Gilbert

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Handsome, romantic lead of silent films, Gilbert reached his peak in the late 1920s starring opposite Greta Garbo in several features. The son of itinerant actors, Gilbert entered films as a bit player, screenwriter and ... Read more »
Born: 07/10/1897 in Logan, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Queen Christina 1932 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

Downstairs 1931 (Movie)

Karl Schneider (Actor)

Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Man's Man 1928 (Movie)

(Himself)

A Woman of Affairs 1927 (Movie)

Neville (Actor)

Show People 1927 (Movie)

(Himself)

Flesh and the Devil 1926 (Movie)

Leo von Harden (Actor)

Love 1926 (Movie)

Vronsky (Actor)

Man, Woman, and Sin 1926 (Movie)

Albert Whitcomb (Actor)

The Big Parade 1924 (Movie)

James Apperson (Actor)

Hell's Hinges 1915 (Movie)

Rowdy Townsman (Actor)

Deep Waters (Movie)

(Actor)

Gentleman's Fate (Movie)

Jack Thomas (Actor)

He Who Gets Slapped (Movie)

Bezano (Actor)

His Glorious Night (Movie)

Capt. Kovaas (Actor)

Honor First (Movie)

(Actor)

Just off Broadway (Movie)

Stephen Moore (Actor)

Madness of Youth (Movie)

Jaca Javolie (Actor)

Monte Cristo (Movie)

Edmund Dantes, a sailor at the Count of Monte Cristo (Actor)

Redemption (Movie)

Fedya (Actor)

Romance Ranch (Movie)

Carlos Brent (Actor)

Shackled (Movie)

(Actor)

Twelve Miles Out (Movie)

Jerry Fay (Actor)

Way for a Sailor (Movie)

Jack Berley (Actor)

While Paris Sleeps (Movie)

Dennis O'Keefe (Actor)

Winner Take All (Movie)

(Actor)
Editor (1)

Psychic (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Handsome, romantic lead of silent films, Gilbert reached his peak in the late 1920s starring opposite Greta Garbo in several features. The son of itinerant actors, Gilbert entered films as a bit player, screenwriter and director in 1916. He worked for Triangle, Fox and other studios, where his dark, brooding good looks were more in demand than his writing or directing skills. Gilbert gradually worked his way up to supporting player and leading man in films like "The Princess of the Dark" (1916), "Nancy Comes Home" (1918), "Heart o' the Hills" (1919, with Mary Pickford), "The Great Redeemer" (1920, also screenplay) and "Cameo Kirby" (1923).

Relationships

Leatrice Joy Gilbert Fountain

Daughter
wrote biography of Gilbert born on September 6, 1924

Virginia Bruce Actor

Wife

Olivia Burwell

Wife

Ina Claire Actor

Wife
Married May 9, 1929 Divorced August 5, 1931

Bebe Daniels Actor

Companion

Marlene Dietrich Actor

Companion
together 1935-36

Greta Garbo Actor

Companion
together 1926-29 reportedly were set to marry until Garbo got cold feet

Leatrice Joy Actor

Wife

Barbara Marr

Companion

John Pringle

Father
ran own acting group The Pringle Stock Company

EDUCATION

Hitchcock Military Academy

Milestones

1935

Final film, "The Captain Hates the Sea"

1933

Last screen pairing with Garbo, "Queen Christina"

1929

Talking debut, "The Hollywood Revue of 1929"

1927

First films teamed with Greta Garbo, "Flesh and the Devil" and "Love"

1921

Signed with Fox

1921

Made feature directorial debut, "Love's Penalty"; also co-wrote

1920

First feature with a screenwriting credit, "The Great Redeemer"

1916

Film debut as extra in "Hell's Hinges"

Signed with MGM

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