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Occupation
  
Actor

Name
  
Lionel Barrymore

Years active
  
1893–1954

Role
  
Actor

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Full Name
  
Lionel Herbert Blythe

Born
  
April 28, 1878 (
1878-04-28
)

Notable work
  
A Free SoulIt's a Wonderful LifeYoung Dr. Kildare

Spouse(s)
  
Doris Rankin (m. 1904–23) (divorced)Irene Fenwick (m. 1923–36) (her death)

Siblings
  
John Barry, Ethel Barry

Children
  
Ethel Barry, Mary Barry

Nephews
  
John Drew Barry, John Drew Colt, Samuel Colt

Movies
  
It's a Wonderful Life, Grand Hotel, You Can't Take It with You, A Free Soul, Key Largo

Similar People
  
John Barry, Ethel Barry, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, James Stewart

Died
  
November 15, 1954 (aged 76), Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States

Political party
  
Republican

Parent(s)
  
Maurice Barrymore, Georgiana Drew

Family
  
Barrymore

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Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe; 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 best known to modern audiences for the role of the villainous Mr. Potter character in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. He is also particularly remembered as Ebenezer Scrooge in annual broadcasts of A Christmas Carol during his last two decades. He was a member of the theatrical Barrymore family.

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Early life

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Lionel Barrymore was born Lionel Herbert Blythe in Philadelphia, the son of actors Georgiana Drew Barrymore and Maurice Barrymore. He was the elder brother of Ethel and John Barrymore, the uncle of John Drew Barrymore and Diana Barrymore and the granduncle of Drew Barrymore, among other members of the Barrymore family. Barrymore was raised a Roman Catholic. He attended the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia. He attended private schools as a child, including the Art Students League of New York.

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He was married twice, to actresses Doris Rankin and Irene Fenwick, a one-time lover of his brother John. Doris's sister Gladys was married to Lionel's uncle Sidney Drew, which made Gladys both his aunt and sister-in-law. Doris Rankin bore Lionel two daughters, Ethel Barrymore II (b. 1908–1910) and Mary Barrymore (b. 1916). Neither child survived infancy. Barrymore never truly recovered from the deaths of his girls, and their loss undoubtedly strained his marriage to Doris Rankin, which ended in 1923. Years later, Barrymore developed a fatherly affection for Jean Harlow, who was born about the same time as his daughters. When Harlow died in 1937, Barrymore and Clark Gable mourned her as though she had been family.

Stage career

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Although reluctant to follow his parents' career, Barrymore appeared together with his formidable grandmother Louisa Lane Drew on tour and in a stage production of The Rivals at the age of 15. He later recounted that "I didn't want to act. I wanted to paint or draw. The theater was not in my blood, I was related to the theater by marriage only; it was merely a kind of in-law of mine I had to live with." Nevertheless, he soon found success on stage in character roles and continued to act, although he still wanted to become a painter and also to compose music. He appeared on Broadway in his early twenties with his uncle John Drew Jr. in such plays as The Second in Command (1901) and The Mummy and the Hummingbird (1902), the latter of which won him critical acclaim. Both were produced by Charles Frohman, who produced other plays for Barrymore and his siblings, John and Ethel. The Other Girl in 1903–04 was a long-running success for Barrymore. In 1905, he appeared with John and Ethel in a pantomime, starring as the title character in Pantaloon and playing another character in the other half of the bill, Alice Sit-by-the-Fire.

In 1906, after a series of disappointing appearances in plays, Barrymore and his first wife, the actress Doris Rankin, left their stage careers and travelled to Paris, where he trained as an artist. He did not achieve success as a painter, and in 1909 he returned to the US. In December of that year, he returned to the stage in The Fires of Fate, in Chicago, but left the production later that month after suffering an attack of nerves about the forthcoming New York opening. The producers gave appendicitis as the reason for his sudden departure. Nevertheless, he was soon back on Broadway in The Jail Bird in 1910 and continued his stage career with several more plays. He also joined his family troupe, from 1910, in their vaudeville act, where he was happy not to worry as much about memorizing lines. From 1912 to 1917, he was away from the stage again while he established his film career, but after the First World War, he had several successes on Broadway, where he established his reputation as a dramatic and character actor, often performing together his wife. He proved his talent in such plays as Peter Ibbetson (1917) (with brother John), The Copperhead (1918) (with Doris), The Jest (1919) (again with John) and The Letter of the Law (1920). Lionel gave a short-lived performance as MacBeth in 1921 opposite veteran actress Julia Arthur as Lady MacBeth, but the production encountered strongly negative criticsm. His last stage success was in Laugh, Clown, Laugh, in 1923, with his second wife, Irene Fenwick; they met while acting together in The Claw the previous year, and after they fell in love he divorced his first wife. He also received negative notices in three productions in a row in 1925. After these, he never again appeared on stage.

Film career

Barrymore began making films about 1911 with D.W. Griffith at the Biograph Studios. There are claims that he made an earlier film with Griffith called The Paris Hat (1908), but no such motion picture is known to exist. Lionel and Doris were in Paris in 1908, where Lionel attended art school and where their first baby, Ethel, was born. Lionel confirms in his autobiography, We Barrymores, that he and Doris were in France when Bleriot flew the English Channel on July 25, 1909. Barrymore made The Battle (1911), The New York Hat (1912), Friends and Three Friends (1913). In 1915 he co-starred with Lillian Russell in a movie called Wildfire, one of the legendary Russell's few film appearances. He also was involved in writing and directing at Biograph. The last silent film he directed, Life's Whirlpool (Metro Pictures 1917), starred his sister, Ethel. He acted in more than 60 silent films with Griffth.

In 1920, Barrymore reprised his stage role in the film adaptation of The Copperhead. Before the formation of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1924, Barrymore forged a good relationship with Louis B. Mayer early on at Metro Pictures. He made several silent features for Metro, most of them now lost. In 1923, Barrymore and Fenwick went to Italy to film The Eternal City for Metro Pictures in Rome, combining work with their honeymoon. He occasionally freelanced, returning to Griffith in 1924 to film America. In 1924, he also went to Germany to star in British producer-director Herbert Wilcox's Anglo-German co-production Decameron Nights, filmed at UFA's Babelsberg studios outside of Berlin. In 1925, he left New York for Hollywood. He starred as Frederick Harmon in director Henri Diamant-Berger's drama Fifty-Fifty (1925) opposite Hope Hampton and Louise Glaum, and made several more freelance motion pictures, including The Bells (Chadwick Pictures 1926) with a then-unknown Boris Karloff. His last film for Griffith was in 1928's Drums of Love.

Prior to his marriage to Irene, Barrymore and his brother John engaged in a dispute over the issue of Irene's chastity in the wake of her having been one of John's lovers. The brothers didn't speak again for two years and weren't seen together until the premiere of John's film Don Juan in 1926, by which time they had patched up their differences. After 1926, Barrymore worked almost exclusively for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, appearing opposite such luminaries as John Gilbert, Lon Chaney, Sr., Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, his brother John and sister Ethel. His first talking picture was The Lion and the Mouse; his stage experience allowed him to excel in delivering the dialogue in sound films.

On the occasional loan-out, Barrymore had a big success with Gloria Swanson in 1928's Sadie Thompson and the aforementioned Griffith film, Drums of Love. In 1929, he returned to directing films. During this early and imperfect sound film period, he directed the controversial His Glorious Night with John Gilbert, Madame X starring Ruth Chatterton, and The Rogue Song, Laurel & Hardy's first color film. Barrymore returned to acting in front of the camera in 1931. In that year, he won an Academy Award for his role as an alcoholic lawyer in A Free Soul (1931), after being considered in 1930 for Best Director for Madame X. He could play many characters, like the evil Rasputin in the 1932 Rasputin and the Empress (in which he co-starred with siblings John and Ethel) and the ailing Oliver Jordan in Dinner at Eight (1933 – also with John, although they had no scenes together).

During the 1930s and 1940s, he became stereotyped as a grouchy but sweet elderly man in such films as The Mysterious Island (1929), Grand Hotel (1932, with John Barrymore), Captains Courageous (1937), You Can't Take It with You (1938), On Borrowed Time (1939, with Cedric Hardwicke), Duel in the Sun (1946), and Key Largo (1948).

In a series of Doctor Kildare movies in the 1930s and 1940s, he played the irascible Doctor Gillespie, a role he repeated in an MGM radio series that debuted in New York in 1950 and was later syndicated. He also played the title role in the 1940s radio series, Mayor of the Town. Barrymore had broken his hip in an accident, hence he played Gillespie in a wheelchair. Later, his worsening arthritis kept him in the chair. The injury also precluded his playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 MGM film version of A Christmas Carol, a role Barrymore played every year but two (1936, replaced by brother John Barrymore and 1938, replaced by Orson Welles) on the radio from 1934 through 1953. He also had a role with Clark Gable in Lone Star in 1952. His final film appearance was a cameo in Main Street to Broadway, an MGM musical comedy released in 1953. His sister Ethel also appeared in the film.

Perhaps his best known role, thanks to perennial Christmastime replays on television, was Mr. Potter, the miserly and mean-spirited banker in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) opposite James Stewart. The role suggested that of the "unreformed" stage of Barrymore's "Scrooge" characterization. Lionel's wife, Irene, died on Christmas Eve of 1936 and Lionel did not perform his annual Scrooge that year. John filled in as Scrooge for his grieving brother.

Politics

Barrymore registered for the draft during World War II despite his age and disability, to encourage others to enlist in the military. He loathed the income tax. He expressed an interest in appearing on television in the 1950s but felt compelled to remain loyal to his old friend and employer, Louis B. Mayer and MGM.

Barrymore was a Republican. In 1944, he attended the massive rally organized by David O. Selznick in the Los Angeles Coliseum in support of the Dewey-Bricker ticket as well as Governor Earl Warren of California, who would become Dewey's running mate in 1948 and later the Chief Justice of the United States. The gathering drew 93,000, with Cecil B. DeMille as the master of ceremonies and with short speeches by Hedda Hopper and Walt Disney. Among the others in attendance were Ann Sothern, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Adolphe Menjou, Gary Cooper, Eddy Arnold, William Bendix, and Walter Pidgeon.

Medical issues

Several sources argue that arthritis alone confined Barrymore to a wheelchair. Film historian Jeanine Basinger says that his arthritis was serious by at least 1928, when Barrymore made Sadie Thompson. Screenwriter Anita Loos claimed that the arthritis was so bad by 1929, Barrymore was taking large quantities of morphine. Film historian David Wallace says it was "well known" that Barrymore was "addicted" to morphine due to arthritis by 1929, when Louis B. Mayer hired Barrymore to direct Redemption (a film from which Barrymore was removed). A history of Oscar-winning actors, however, says Barrymore was only "suffering" from arthritis, not crippled by it. Marie Dressler biographer Matthew Kennedy notes that when Barrymore won his Best Actor Oscar award in 1930, the arthritis was still so minor that it only made him limp a little as he went on stage to accept the honor. Barrymore can be seen being quite physical in late silent films like The Thirteenth Hour and West of Zanzibar, where he can be seen climbing out of a window.

Paul Donnelly says Barrymore's inability to walk was caused by a drawing table falling on him in 1936, breaking Barrymore's hip. Barrymore tripped over a cable while filming Saratoga in 1937 and broke his hip again. (Film historian Robert A. Osborne says Barrymore also suffered a broken kneecap.) The injury was painful enough that Donnelly, quoting Barrymore, says that Louis B. Mayer bought Barrymore $400 worth of cocaine every day to help him cope with the pain and allow him to sleep. Author David Schwartz says the hip fracture never healed, which was why Barrymore could not walk, while MGM historian John Douglas Eames claims that the injury was "crippling". Barrymore himself said in 1951, that it was breaking his hip twice that kept him in the wheelchair. He said he had no other problems, and that the hip healed well, but it made walking exceptionally difficult. Film historian Allen Eyles reached the same conclusion.

Lew Ayres biographer Lesley Coffin and Louis B. Mayer biographer Scott Eyman argue that it was the combination of the broken hip and Barrymore's worsening arthritis that put him in a wheelchair. Barrymore family biographer Margot Peters, however, says that Barrymore's friends Gene Fowler and James Doane both said Barrymore's arthritis was caused by syphilis, which they say he contracted in 1925. Eyman, however, explicitly rejects this hypothesis.

Whatever the cause of his disability, Barrymore's performance in Captains Courageous in 1937 was one of the last times he would be seen standing and walking unassisted. Afterward, Barrymore was able to get about for a short period of time on crutches even though he was in great pain. During the filming of 1938's You Can't Take It With You, the pain of standing with crutches was so severe that Barrymore required hourly shots of painkillers. By 1938, Barrymore used a wheelchair exclusively and never walked again. He could, however, stand for short periods of time such as at his brother's funeral.

Composer; graphic artist; novelist

Barrymore also composed music. His works ranged from solo piano pieces to large-scale orchestral works, such as "Tableau Russe," which was performed twice in Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941), first by Swedish Actor Nils Asther on piano and later by a full symphony orchestra. His piano compositions, "Scherzo Grotesque" and "Song Without Words", were published by G. Schirmer in 1945. He composed a memoriam for his late brother John, which was later performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also composed the theme song of the radio program Mayor of the Town.

Barrymore was a skillful graphic artist, creating etchings and drawings. For years, he maintained an artist's shop and studio attached to his home in Los Angeles. Some of his etchings were included in the Hundred Prints of the Year.

He wrote a historical novel, Mr. Cantonwine: A Moral Tale (1953).

Death

Barrymore died on November 15, 1954 from a heart attack in Van Nuys, California, and was entombed in the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California. He is honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the motion picture and radio categories. He is also a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, along with his siblings, Ethel and John.

Filmography

Actor
1956
Our Mr. Sun (TV Movie) as
Father Time (voice)
1953
Main Street to Broadway as
Lionel Barrymore
1952
Lone Star as
Andrew Jackson
1951
Bannerline as
Hugo Trimble
1950
Right Cross as
Sean O'Malley
1949
Breakdowns of 1949 (Short)
1949
Malaya as
John Manchester
1949
Down to the Sea in Ships as
Capt. Bering Joy
1948
Key Largo as
James Temple
1947
Dark Delusion as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1946
Duel in the Sun as
Sen. Jackson McCanles
1946
The Secret Heart as
Dr. Rossiger
1946
It's a Wonderful Life as
Mr. Potter
1946
Three Wise Fools as
Dr. Richard Gaunght
1945
The Valley of Decision as
Pat Rafferty
1945
Between Two Women as
Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
1944
Dragon Seed as
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
1944
Since You Went Away as
Clergyman
1944
3 Men in White as
Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
1943
A Guy Named Joe as
The General
1943
The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith (Short) as
Gramps
1943
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case as
Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
1942
Tennessee Johnson as
Thaddeus Stevens
1942
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1942
Calling Dr. Gillespie as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1942
Dr. Kildare's Victory as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1941
Lady Be Good as
Judge Murdock
1941
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1941
The People vs. Dr. Kildare as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1941
The Bad Man as
Uncle Henry Jones
1941
The Penalty as
'Grandpop' Logan
1940
Dr. Kildare's Crisis as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1940
Dr. Kildare Goes Home as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1940
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1940
The Stars Look Down as
Narrator (U.S. release only) (voice, uncredited)
1939
The Secret of Dr. Kildare as
Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie
1939
On Borrowed Time as
Julian Northrup - Gramps
1939
Calling Dr. Kildare as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1939
Let Freedom Ring as
Thomas Logan
1938
Young Dr. Kildare as
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1938
You Can't Take It with You as
Martin Vanderhof
1938
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (Documentary short) as
Lionel Barrymore
1938
Test Pilot as
Howard B. Drake
1938
A Yank at Oxford as
Dan Sheridan
1937
Navy Blue and Gold as
Capt. 'Skinny' Dawes
1937
Saratoga as
Grandpa Clayton
1937
Captains Courageous as
Disko
1937
A Family Affair as
Judge James K. Hardy
1936
Camille as
Monsieur Duval
1936
The Gorgeous Hussy as
Andrew Jackson
1936
The Devil-Doll as
Paul Lavond
1936
The Road to Glory as
Papa La Roche / Pvt. Morain
1936
The Voice of Bugle Ann as
Spring Davis
1935
Ah Wilderness! as
Nat Miller
1935
The Return of Peter Grimm as
Peter Grimm
1935
Public Hero Number 1 as
Doctor Josiah Glass
1935
Mark of the Vampire as
Professor Zelin
1935
The Little Colonel as
Colonel Lloyd
1935
David Copperfield as
Dan Peggotty
1934
Treasure Island as
Billy Bones
1934
The Girl from Missouri as
Thomas Randall Paige
1934
Carolina as
Bob Connelly
1934
This Side of Heaven as
Martin Turner
1933
Should Ladies Behave as
Augustus Merrick
1933
Christopher Bean as
Dr. Milton Haggett
1933
Night Flight as
Insp. Robineau
1933
One Man's Journey as
Eli Watt
1933
Dinner at Eight as
Oliver Jordan
1933
The Stranger's Return as
Grandpa Storr
1933
Looking Forward as
Tim Benton
1933
Sweepings as
Daniel Pardway
1932
Rasputin and the Empress as
Grigori Yefimovitch Rasputin
1932
The Washington Masquerade as
Jeff Keane
1932
Grand Hotel as
Otto Kringelein
1932
Arsène Lupin as
Guerchard
1932
Broken Lullaby as
Dr. H. Holderlin
1931
Mata Hari as
General Shubin
1931
The Christmas Party (Short) as
Lionel Barrymore (uncredited)
1931
The Yellow Ticket as
Baron Igor Andreeff
1931
Guilty Hands as
Richard Grant
1931
A Free Soul as
Stephen Ashe
1930
Estrellados as
Lionel Barrymore (Guest Appearance)
1930
Free and Easy as
Lionel Barrymore - Director of Bedroom Scene
1929
The Mysterious Island as
Count Andre Dakkar
1929
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 as
Lionel Barrymore - Director of 'Romeo and Juliet' (uncredited)
1928
The River Woman as
Bill Lefty
1928
West of Zanzibar as
Crane
1928
Alias Jimmy Valentine as
Doyle
1928
Road House as
Henry Grayson
1928
The Lion and the Mouse as
John Ryder
1928
Drums of Love as
Duke Cathos de Alvia
1928
Sadie Thompson as
Alfred Davidson
1927
The Thirteenth Hour as
Professor Leroy
1927
Body and Soul as
Dr. Leyden
1927
Women Love Diamonds as
Hugo Harlan
1927
The Show as
The Greek
1926
The Temptress as
Canterac
1926
The Bells as
Mathias
1926
The Lucky Lady as
Count Ferranzo
1926
Paris at Midnight as
Vautrin
1926
Wife Tamers (Short) as
Mr. Barry
1926
The Barrier as
Stark Bennett
1926
Brooding Eyes as
Slim Jim Carey
1925
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ as
Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
1925
Die Frau mit dem schlechten Ruf as
Allan Merrick
1925
The Splendid Road as
Dan Clehollis
1925
Fifty-Fifty as
Frederick Harmon
1925
Children of the Whirlwind as
Joe Ellison
1925
The Girl Who Wouldn't Work as
Gordon Kent
1925
The Wrongdoers as
Daniel Abbott
1925
A Man of Iron as
Philip Durban
1924
Wedding Women
1924
I Am the Man as
James McQuade
1924
Meddling Women as
Edwin Ainsworth / John Wells
1924
Decameron Nights as
Saladin
1924
America as
Captain Walter Butler
1923
The Eternal City as
Baron Bonelli
1923
Unseeing Eyes as
Conrad Dean
1923
Enemies of Women as
Prince Lubimoff
1922
The Face in the Fog as
Boston Blackie Dawson
1922
Boomerang Bill as
Boomerang Bill
1921
Jim the Penman as
James Ralston
1921
The Great Adventure as
Priam Farll
1920
The Devil's Garden as
William Dale
1920
The Master Mind as
Henry Allen
1920
The Copperhead as
Milt Shanks
1917
National Red Cross Pageant as
Undetermined role and episode
1917
The Millionaire's Double as
Bide Bennington
1917
His Father's Son as
J. Dabney Barro
1917
The End of the Tour as
Byron Bennett
1916
The Brand of Cowardice as
Cyril Hamilton
1916
The Upheaval as
Jim Gordon
1916
The Quitter as
Happy Jack Lewis
1916
Dorian's Divorce as
Richard Dorian
1915
A Yellow Streak as
Barry Dale
1915
Dora Thorne (Short) as
Lord Earle
1915
The Flaming Sword as
Steve
1915
The Romance of Elaine as
Marcus Del Mar / Mr. X
1915
The Curious Conduct of Judge Legarde as
Judge Randolph Legarde
1915
A Modern Magdalen as
Lindsay
1915
Wildfire as
John Keefe
1914
Under the Gaslight as
William Byke
1914
The Exploits of Elaine as
Undetermined Role
1914
The Seats of the Mighty as
Monsieur Doltaire
1914
The Span of Life as
Richard Blunt
1914
The Woman in Black as
Robert Crane
1914
The Power of the Press (Short) as
Steve Carson
1914
Men and Women (Short) as
Stephen Rodman / Robert Stevens
1914
The Cracksman's Gratitude (Short)
1914
Woman Against Woman (Short) as
Gilbert Craven
1914
Strongheart (Short) as
Billy Saunders
1914
Judith of Bethulia as
Extra (uncredited)
1914
Her Father's Silent Partner (Short)
1914
Classmates (Short) as
Bubby Dumble
1914
The Bartered Crown (Short) as
The Landlord
1913
The House of Discord (Short) as
The Husband
1913
All for Science (Short) as
Detective
1913
So Runs the Way (Short) as
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
1913
The Stolen Treaty (Short) as
The Japanese Diplomat
1913
The Strong Man's Burden (Short) as
John - the Elder Brother
1913
The Crook and the Girl (Short) as
The Nephew
1913
The Work Habit (Short) as
The Father
1913
The Suffragette Minstrels (Short)(unconfirmed)
1913
An Indian's Loyalty (Short) as
The Cattle Buyer
1913
I Was Meant for You (Short) as
Lavina's Father
1913
Under the Shadow of the Law (Short) as
Charles Darnton - the Employer
1913
The Vengeance of Galora (Short)(unconfirmed)
1913
The Mirror (Short) as
Daisy's Father
1913
Pa Says (Short) as
Teddy's Rival
1913
The Enemy's Baby (Short) as
Postmaster Ben Brown
1913
A Gamble with Death (Short) as
Jim Benton - the Bartender
1913
In Diplomatic Circles (Short) as
The Japanese Ambassador
1913
Almost a Wild Man (Short) as
In Audience (uncredited)
1913
The Switch Tower (Short) as
First Counterfeiter
1913
Death's Marathon (Short) as
The Financial Backer
1913
The Well (Short) as
The Farmer
1913
Red Hicks Defies the World (Short) as
The Referee
1913
A Timely Interception (Short) as
Uncle James - The Farmer's Brother
1913
The Ranchero's Revenge (Short) as
The Ranchero
1913
Just Gold (Short) as
The Stay-at-Home Brother
1913
The Yaqui Cur (Short) as
The Easterner
1913
The House of Darkness (Short) as
The Doctor
1913
The Wanderer (Short) as
The Male Lover
1913
The Lady and the Mouse (Short) as
The Father
1913
A Misunderstood Boy (Short) as
The Father
1913
The Little Tease (Short) as
In Bar
1913
The Perfidy of Mary (Short) as
Mary's Father
1913
The Sheriff's Baby (Short) as
Third Bandit
1913
Fate (Short) as
The Father - Loving Family
1913
Near to Earth (Short) as
Gato
1913
The Unwelcome Guest (Short) as
At Auction (uncredited)
1913
The Wrong Bottle (Short) as
The Father
1913
Love in an Apartment Hotel (Short) as
In Hotel Lobby
1913
A Chance Deception (Short) as
2nd Policeman
1913
Oil and Water (Short) as
The Idealist's Friend
1913
The Tender Hearted Boy (Short) as
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
1913
An Adventure in the Autumn Woods (Short) as
The Father
1913
The Telephone Girl and the Lady (Short) as
The Desk Sergeant
1913
Three Friends (Short) as
Second Friend
1912
The God Within (Short) as
The Woman of the Camp's Lover
1912
A Cry for Help (Short) as
The Tramp
1912
The Burglar's Dilemma (Short) as
The Author
1912
My Hero (Short) as
Undetermined Secondary Role
1912
The New York Hat (Short) as
Preacher Bolton - the Minister
1912
Brutality (Short) as
At Wedding
1912
The Informer (Short) as
Union Soldier
1912
My Baby (Short) as
At Table
1912
Gold and Glitter (Short) as
The Lover
1912
Heredity (Short) as
Woodsman
1912
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (Short) as
The Musician's Friend (uncredited)
1912
The Painted Lady (Short) as
At Ice Cream Festival (uncredited)
1912
The One She Loved (Short) as
The Neighbor
1912
The Chief's Blanket (Short) as
The Young Man
1912
So Near, Yet So Far (Short) as
In Club
1912
Friends (Short) as
Grizzly Fallon - Dandy Jack's Friend
1911
The Miser's Heart (Short) as
Jules - The Thief
1911
The Battle (Short) as
Wagon Driver (uncredited)
1911
Fighting Blood (Short)
1908
The Paris Hat (Short)
1905
The White Caps (Short) as
Abusive husband (uncredited)
Director
1931
Guilty Hands (uncredited)
1931
Ten Cents a Dance
1930
The Sea Bat (uncredited)
1930
Redemption (retakes, uncredited)
1930
The Rogue Song
1929
His Glorious Night
1929
The Unholy Night
1929
Madame X
1929
Confession (Short)
1917
Life's Whirlpool
1914
Chocolate Dynamite (Short)
1914
Just Boys (Short)
1913
No Place for Father (Short)
1913
Where's the Baby? (Short)
1913
His Secret (Short)
Writer
1917
Life's Whirlpool (scenario)
1916
The Criminal's Thumb (Short)
1913
The Vengeance of Galora (Short) (writer)
1913
The Tender Hearted Boy (Short) (writer)
1912
The Burglar's Dilemma (Short)
Soundtrack
1941
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (music: "Tableau Russe (Symphonic Suite)") / (performer: "Tableau Russe (Symphonic Suite)")
1941
The People vs. Dr. Kildare (performer: "Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mad'moiselle from Armentieres)" (1921))
1939
On Borrowed Time (performer: "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (1861) uncredited)
1938
You Can't Take It with You (performer: "Loch Lomand" - uncredited)
1935
The Return of Peter Grimm ("What Shall the Wedding Breakfast Be?", uncredited)
1934
Treasure Island ("Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum", uncredited)
Composer
1930
Si l'empereur savait ça
1930
Olympia
1929
His Glorious Night
Assistant Director
1929
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (assistant director - uncredited)
Thanks
2009
The New Bike (Short) (acknowledgment)
Self
1954
The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
Self
- MGM's 30th Anniversary Tribute (1954) - Self
1951
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (Documentary) as
Self
1950
Screen Actors (Documentary short) as
Self (uncredited)
1949
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership (Documentary short) as
Self - Host
1938
A Fireside Chat with Lionel Barrymore (Short) as
Self
1934
La ciudad de cartón as
Self
1931
Jackie Cooper's Birthday Party (Documentary short) as
Self
1923
Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 7 (Documentary short) as
Self
Archive Footage
2023
Compression (TV Series documentary)
- Compression Duel in the Sun de King Vidor (2023)
- Compression Mark of the Vampire de Tod Browning (2023)
2021
Les Chroniques du Mea (TV Series) as
Self
- D'Arsène à Lupin (2021) - Self
2019
The Oscars Library: A Tribute to the Academy Awards (TV Series) as
Self
- Al Best Actor & Best Actress Winners Speeches Since 1927/28 (2019) - Self
2017
L'antre du Mea (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Gremlins (1984) (2017) - Self
2016
Before the Flood (Documentary) as
Father Time
2016
Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (Documentary)
2014
And the Oscar Goes to... (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2008
Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass (Short)
2008
Catalogue of Ships (Documentary) as
Alfred Davidson / Disko
2006
Experiments in Terror 2 (Video) as
The Innkeeper (segment "The Mesmerist")
2005
Settling the Score (TV Movie documentary) as
Canterac
2005
Garbo (Documentary)(uncredited)
2005
Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood (TV Movie documentary)
2004
Love Find Andy Hardy Intro (Video documentary short) as
Judge James K. Hardy
2004
Checking Out: Grand Hotel (Video documentary short) as
Self / Various roles
2003
The Mesmerist (Short) as
The Innkeeper
2003
Complicated Women (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2002
Biography (TV Series documentary) as
Self / Numerous screen roles
- The Barrymores (2002) - Self / Numerous screen roles
1998
The Great Christmas Movies (TV Movie documentary) as
Self (1938 trailer for M-G-M "A Christmas Carol")
1998
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1996
Escape from It's a Wonderful Life (TV Movie) as
Potter (uncredited)
1990
Home Alone as
Henry F. Potter (uncredited)
1988
Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular (TV Special) as
Mr. Potter
1987
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson (TV Movie) as
Mr. Potter (clip from It's a Wonderful Life (1946)) (uncredited)
1982
Hooray for Hollywood (Documentary) as
Self
1980
Hollywood (TV Mini Series documentary) as
Self
- Star Treatment (1980) - Self (uncredited)
1976
That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) as
Clip from 'A Free Soul'
1974
That's Entertainment! (Documentary) as
Self - at Banquet (uncredited)
1972
Hollywood: The Dream Factory (TV Movie documentary) as
Self - film clips (uncredited)
1971
The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Gov. Ronald Reagan/Bob Newhart/James Wong Howe (1971) - Self
1970
Brasileiros em Hollywood (Documentary short) as
Self
1969
Hollywood: The Selznick Years (TV Movie documentary) as
Actor 'Duel in the Sun' (uncredited)
1968
Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed (TV Movie documentary) as
Self / Colonel (uncredited)
1964
The Big Parade of Comedy (Documentary) as
Oliver Jordan in 'Dinner at Eight'
1961
Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Movie documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
1955
MGM Parade (TV Series documentary) as
Disko / Capt. Disko Troop / Captain Disko Troop / ...
- Episode #1.29 (1956) - Disko
- Episode #1.28 (1956) - Capt. Disko Troop
- Episode #1.26 (1956)
- Episode #1.27 (1956) - Captain Disko Troop
- Episode #1.3 (1955) - Stephen Ashe in 'A Free Soul'
1955
Film Fun (Short) as
Self
1953
Yesterday and Today
1947
Flicker Flashbacks No. 2, Series 5 (Documentary short) as
Self (uncredited)
1944
Some of the Best (Documentary) as
Lionel Barrymore - Stephen Ashe in 'A Free Soul' / Otto Kringelein in 'Grand Hotel' / Oliver Jordan in 'Dinner At Eight' / ...
1944
Twenty Years After (Short)
1940
The Miracle of Sound (Documentary short) as
Self
1940
Hollywood: Style Center of the World (Documentary short) as
Self
1940
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (Documentary short)
1939
From the Ends of the Earth (Documentary short) as
Self
1939
The Movies March On (Short documentary) as
Self (segment The New York Hat)
1939
Land of Liberty
1932
The Movie Album (Documentary short) as
Self

References

Lionel Barrymore Wikipedia


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