|John Barrymore Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||February 14 or 15, 1882|
|Date of Death||May 29, 1942|
John Barrymore was an American actor, stage artist, and radio show personality who is a member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical families. He rose to acclaim with his performances in several stage productions and his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the “greatest living American tragedian”. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, John Barrymore was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in February 1960.
John Sidney Blyth
John Barrymore, The Great Profile, Jack
He was born on February 14 or 15, 1882.
John Barrymore died from cirrhosis of the liver, kidney failure, and pneumonia on May 29, 1942, aged 60 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Mount Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
John Barrymore attended Seton Hall Preparatory School in New Jersey, Mount Pleasant Military Academy in New York, Georgetown Preparatory School, and King’s College School in Wimbledon.
He also joined the Slade School of Fine Art to study literature and art.
Actor, Stage Artist, Radio Show Personality
- Father – Maurice Barrymore (b. Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe) (Stage Actor)
- Mother – Georgie Drew Barrymore (Actor, Comedian)
- Siblings – Lionel Barrymore (b. Lionel Herbert Blythe) (Older Brother) (April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) (Actor), Ethel Barrymore (b. Ethel Mae Blythe) (Older Sister) (August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959) (Actor)
- Others – William Edward Blythe (Paternal Grandfather) (Surveyor for the British East India Company), Charlotte Matilda Chamberlayne de Tankerville (Paternal Grandmother), John Drew Sr. (Maternal Grandfather) (Stage Actor, Theatre Manager), Louisa Lane Drew (Maternal Grandmother) (Actor, Manager of the Arch Street Theatre), Will (Paternal Uncle), Emily (Paternal Aunt), Evelin (Paternal Aunt), Louisa Drew (Maternal Aunt), John Drew Jr. (Maternal Uncle) (Actor), Sidney Drew (Adoptive Maternal Uncle) (Actor), Drew Barrymore (Granddaughter) (Actor)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
John Barrymore had dated –
- Lotta Faust
- Tallulah Bankhead
- Nita Naldi
- Irene Fenwick
- Hedda Hopper
- Evelyn Nesbit (1901-1902) – He was romantically involved with aspiring actor Evelyn Nesbit between 1901 and 1902. Barrymore even proposed marriage to her and later described her as “the most maddening woman. … She was the first woman I ever loved”.
- Katherine Corri Harris (1910-1916) – In September 1910, he married socialite Katherine Corri Harris and she later sued him for divorce in November 1916. The divorce was finalized in 1917.
- Jeanne Eagels (1911-1912)
- Blanche Oelrichs (1920-1925) – On August 5, 1920, John Barrymore married poet, playwright, and actor Blanche Oelrichs. Their daughter, Diana Blanche Barrymore Blythe, was born on March 3, 1921. The marriage ended in divorce in May 1925.
- Mary Astor (1924)
- Dolores Costello (1928-1935) – He was married to actor Dolores Costello (whom he nicknamed “The Goddess of the Silent Screen”) from 1928 to 1935. They had 2 children – daughter Dolores Ethel Blyth Barrymore (b. April 8, 1930) and son John Blyth Barrymore Jr. (b. June 4, 1932).
- Myrna Loy (1936-1940) – He married his 4th and last wife Elaine Barrie in 1936 at Yuma, Arizona. She was one of his fans and claimed to have fallen in love with Barrymore in 1931. However, their marriage wasn’t a happy one and they divorced in 1940.
Race / Ethnicity
- Pointed nose
- Sharp wit
He was baptized into the Catholic Church and returned to the faith of the Catholic Church shortly before his death.
John Barrymore Facts
- He struggled with alcohol abuse since his teen years and once said, “You can’t drown yourself in drink. I’ve tried; you float.”
- Barrymore was cast in several movies like Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Midnight, Bulldog Drummond’s Revenge, Spawn of the North, Don Juan, Marie Antoinette, Romeo and Juliet, Rasputin and the Empress, State’s Attorney, A Bill of Divorcement, The Show of Shows, and Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman.
- He was molested by his stepmother Mamie Floyd.
Featured Image by Harris & Ewing / United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division / Public Domain