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John Gilbert Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Children

John Gilbert Quick Info
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 73 kg
Date of Birth July 10, 1897
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Date of Death January 9, 1936

John Gilbert was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and stage artist who gained acclaim during the silent era and became a popular leading man known as “The Great Lover”. His film credits include A Woman of Affairs, He Who Gets SlappedMonte Cristo, The Merry WidowThe Big ParadeBardelys the MagnificentThe Hollywood Revue of 1929, Flesh and the DevilThe Show, Twelve Miles Out, The CossacksThe Masks of the DevilHis Glorious Night, The Phantom of Paris, and The Captain Hates the Sea.

Born Name

John Cecil Pringle

Other Names

John Gilbert, Jack

John Gilbert as seen while smiling in a publicity photo in 1931
John Gilbert as seen while smiling in a publicity photo in 1931 (MGM Studio / eBay / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on July 10, 1897.

Died

On January 9, 1936, John Gilbert died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 38 in Bel Air, Los Angeles County, California, United States.

Resting Place

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, United States

Sun Sign

Cancer

Born Place

Logan, Cache County, Utah, United States

Residence

He resided in Bel Air, Los Angeles County, California, United States.

Nationality

American

 

Education

John Gilbert attended many assorted schools throughout the United States before his family finally settled in California. Then, he studied at Hitchcock Military Academy in San Rafael.

Occupation

Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Stage Artist

Family

  • Father – John George Pringle (Stock-company Actor)
  • Mother – Ida Adair Apperly Gilbert (Stock-company Actor)
  • Others – John George Priegel (Paternal Grandfather), Charlotte Ernestina Stewart (Paternal Grandmother), William Henry Apperley (Maternal Grandfather), Lydia Ann Mangum (Maternal Grandmother)

Build

Slim

John Gilbert and Greta Garbo as seen in a studio publicity photo for the film 'A Woman of Affairs' (1928)
John Gilbert and Greta Garbo as seen in a studio publicity photo for the film ‘A Woman of Affairs’ (1928) (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / things-and-other-stuff.com / Public Domain)

Height

5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm

Weight

73 kg or 161 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

John Gilbert dated –

  1. Lilyan Tashman
  2. Clara Bow
  3. Carole Lombard
  4. Bebe Daniels
  5. Anna May Wong
  6. Marjorie King
  7. Miriam Hopkins
  8. Olivia Burwell (1917-1919)​ – John Gilbert met Olivia Burwell (a native of Mississippi) after her family moved to California and they started going out in 1917. The couple got married on August 26, 1918. They separated the following year and she filed for divorce in 1921.
  9. Leatrice Joy – In February 1920, he started dating actor Leatrice Joy​ and they announced their engagement the following year in February. In November 1921, the duo tied the knot in Tijuana. Due to some legal issues, the duo soon got the marriage annulled in order to avoid a scandal. On March 3, 1922, they remarried but the marriage turned out to be a rocky one and Joy eventually filed for divorce in August 1924 when she was pregnant with the couple’s daughter, Leatrice Gilbert (later Fountain) (September 4, 1924 – January 20, 2015). The divorce was finalized in May 1925.
  10. Barbara La Marr (1923)
  11. Norma Shearer (1924)
  12. Laurette Taylor (1924)
  13. Greta Garbo (1926-1927) – He dated actor Greta Garbo between 1926 and 1927 and they also worked together on many projects like A Woman of Affairs (1928), Flesh and the Devil (1926), Love (1927), and Queen Christina (1933).
  14. Jeanne Eagels (1927)
  15. Renée Adorée (1928)
  16. Ina Claire (1929-1931)​ – John Gilbert married stage and film actor Ina Claire in 1929 and they separated in February 1931, six months before their divorce.
  17. Virginia Bruce (1931-1934) – In 1931, he began dating actor and singer Virginia Bruce and they married on August 10, 1932. They also co-starred in the 1932 pre-Code drama film Downstairs. The couple had a daughter named Susan Ann and they divorced in May 1934.
  18. Lupe Velez (1931)
  19. Renee Torres (1933-1935)
  20. Sally Blane (1934)
  21. Marlene Dietrich (1935-1936)

Race / Ethnicity

White

John Gilbert had German ancestry on his father’s side and was of English, distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Chickasaw Native American, French, and German descent on his mother’s side.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Sported a mustache

John Gilbert as seen in Ince Studio's promotion of its rising 'juvenile' star in 'Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual', Section II supplement of October 21, 1916, issue of Motion Picture News
John Gilbert as seen in Ince Studio’s promotion of its rising ‘juvenile’ star in ‘Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual’, Section II supplement of October 21, 1916, issue of Motion Picture News (Unknown author / archive.org / Public Domain)

John Gilbert Facts

  1. In 1925, he co-starred as Prince Danilo Petrovich in the silent romantic drama/black comedy film The Merry Widow.
  2. He struggled with alcoholism and that greatly affected his health. In December 1935, he suffered a serious heart attack.
  3. John Gilbert has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1755 Vine Street.

Featured Image by MGM Studio / eBay / Public Domain

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