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"One of my chief regrets during my years in the theatre was that I couldn't sit in the audience and watch me. "
John Barrymore

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John Barrymore,
Shakespearean Actor

During the 1920s, a wave of postwar ebullience exploded into the Jazz Age, bringing a new and unprecedented accent on youth and a generation that cast off the vestiges of Victorian culture and embraced new trends in art, music, dance, poetry, fiction, and drama. The way was open for an actor who could recapture and redefine the glamour, skill, and galvanizing presence of an earlier day.
John Barrymore was such an actor, and his Richard III and Hamlet, first seen in New York during the 1919-20 and 1922-23 seasons, stand as high water marks of twentieth century Shakespearean interpretation. Many conventions of modern practice can be traced to Barrymore's performances: he was the first actor to bring the vocal and physical manner of a postwar gentleman to Shakespeare's tragic protagonists and was the first to reinterpret time-honored roles in light of Freudian psychology. His dynamic portrayals and the groundbreaking innovations of his production team, the director Arthur Hopkins and the designer Robert Edmond Jones, helped to revitalize Shakespearean acting and production in America and Great Britain and changed the direction of subsequent revivals.
The illustrated site, based on the book of the same title, is devoted to Barrymore's Shakespearean portrayals, his illustrious theatrical family, and his predecessors and successors from the time of Edwin Booth and Henry Irving to the age of Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. Barrymore was an original, capable of electrifying audiences with the force and subtle brilliance of his acting. A colorful, complex, mercurial figure, his legendary performances made an extraordinary impression upon the playgoers of his generation. Welcome to those with an interest in the theatre, Shakespeare, and the art of acting--I hope you will enjoy exploring the John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor Web site.


John Barrymore

Date of birth (location)
14 February 1882
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of death (details)
29 May 1942
Los Angeles, California, USA. (pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver)
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Actor - filmography
(1990s) (1940s) (1930s) (1920s) (1910s)

Shakespeare's Women & Claire Bloom (1999) (V) (archive footage) .... Hamlet
... aka Claire Bloom and Shakespeare's Women (1999) (V) (USA: closing credits title)

World Premiere (1941) .... Duncan DeGrasse
Invisible Woman, The (1940) .... Professor Gibbs
Great Profile, The (1940) .... Evans Garrick

Midnight (1939) .... Georges Flammarion
Great Man Votes, The (1939) .... Vance
Hold That Co-ed (1938) .... The Governor
... aka Hold That Girl (1938) (UK)
Spawn of the North (1938) .... Windy Turlon
Marie Antoinette (1938) .... King Louis XV
Romance in the Dark (1938) .... Zoltan Jason
Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938) .... Col. Neilson
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) .... Col. Neilson
True Confession (1937) .... Charley
Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1937) .... Col. J.A. Nielson
Night Club Scandal (1937) .... Dr. Ernest Tindal
Maytime (1937) .... Nicolai Nazaroff
Romeo and Juliet (1936) .... Mercutio, Kinsman to the Prince and Friend to Romeo
Twentieth Century (1934) .... Oscar 'O.J.' Jaffe
... aka 20th Century (1934) (USA: poster title)
Long Lost Father (1934) .... Carl Bellairs
Hamlet - Act I: Scene V (1933) .... Hamlet
Counsellor at Law (1933) .... George Simon
Night Flight (1933) .... Riviere
Dinner at Eight (1933) .... Larry Renault
Reunion in Vienna (1933) .... Rudolf
Topaze (1933) .... Professor Auguste A. Topaze
Rasputin and the Empress (1932) .... Prince Paul Chegodieff
... aka Rasputin the Mad Monk (1932) (UK)
Bill of Divorcement, A (1932) .... Hilary Fairfield
State's Attorney (1932) .... Tom Cardigan
... aka Cardigan's Last Case (1932) (UK)
Grand Hotel (1932) .... Baron Felix von Geigern
Arsčne Lupin (1932) .... Duke of Chamerace/Arsčne Lupin
Mad Genius, The (1931) .... Vladimar Ivan Tsarakov
Svengali (1931) .... Maestro Svengali
Moby Dick (1930) .... Captain Ahab Ceely
Man from Blankley's, The (1930) .... Lord Strathpeffer
General Crack (1930) .... Duke of Kurland/Prince Christian

Show of Shows, The (1929) .... Richard III in 'Henry VI Part III'
Eternal Love (1929) .... Marcus Paltran
Tempest (1928) .... Sgt. Ivan Markov
Beloved Rogue, The (1927) .... François Villon
When a Man Loves (1927) .... Chevalier Fabien des Grieux
... aka His Lady (1927) (UK)
Don Juan (1926) .... Don Jose de Marana/Don Juan de Marana
Sea Beast, The (1926) .... Captain Ahab Ceeley
Beau Brummel (1924) .... Gordon Bryon 'Beau' Brummel
Sherlock Holmes (1922) .... Sherlock Holmes
... aka Moriarty (1922) (UK)
Lotus Eater, The (1921) .... Jacques Leroi
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920/I) .... Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde

Test of Honor, The (1919) .... Martin Wingrave
Here Comes the Bride (1919) .... Frederick Tile
On the Quiet (1918) .... Robert Ridgeway
National Red Cross Pageant (1917) .... The tyrant
Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917) .... A.J. Raffles
... aka Raffles (1917)
Red Widow, The (1916) .... Cicero Hannibal Butts
Lost Bridegroom, The (1916) .... Bertie Joyce
... aka His Lost Self (1916)
Nearly a King (1916) .... Jack Merriwell, Prince of Bulwana
Incorrigible Dukane, The (1915) .... James Dukane
Dictator, The (1915) .... Brooke Travers
Are You a Mason? (1915) .... Frank Perry
... aka Joiner, The (1915)
Man from Mexico, The (1914) .... Fitzhugh
American Citizen, An (1914) .... Beresford Kruger
One on Romance (1913) (unconfirmed)
Dream of a Motion Picture Director (1912) (unconfirmed)
Prize Package, A (1912) (unconfirmed)
Widow Casey's Return, The (1912) (unconfirmed)

Writer - filmography

Beloved Rogue, The (1927) (uncredited)


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