|Richard Barthelmess Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||May 9, 1895|
|Date of Death||August 17, 1963|
Richard Barthelmess was an American film actor and producer mainly known for his work during Hollywood’s silent era. His filmography includes The Last Flight, Broken Blossoms, The Love Flower, Way Down East, Three Men and a Girl, The Patent Leather Kid, Son of the Gods, Heroes for Sale, Scarlet Days, The Dawn Patrol, The Cabin in the Cotton, The Mayor of 44th Street, The Man Who Talked Too Much, The Spoilers, Four Hours to Kill!, The Show of Shows, The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, Out of the Ruins, The White Black Sheep, The Girl Who Stayed at Home, and I’ll Get Him Yet. In 1927, Richard Barthelmess co-founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Richard Semler Barthelmess
He was born on May 9, 1895.
On August 17, 1963, he died of throat cancer at 68 in Southampton, New York, United States.
New York City, New York, United States
Richard Barthelmess studied at Hudson River Military Academy in Nyack, New York. Afterward, he attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Father – Alfred W. Barthelmess
- Mother – Caroline W. Harris (Stage Actor)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
70 kg or 154.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Richard Barthelmess had dated –
- Adela Rogers St. Johns – He was once involved in an affair with journalist, novelist, and screenwriter Adela Rogers St. Johns. Some sources suggest that their romance was the reason why his engagement with Katherine Young Wilson was called off.
- Constance Talmadge
- Barbara Bennett
- Mary Hay (1920-1925) – Richard Barthelmess got married to dancer, actor, and playwright Mary Hay on June 18, 1920, in New York. They were blessed with a daughter named Mary Barthelmess. The duo had separated by May 1925 and shared custody of their daughter. They divorced on January 15, 1927.
- Katherine Young Wilson (1926-1927) – He started going out with Broadway actor Katherine Young Wilson in 1926 and they got engaged in August 1927. However, the engagement was eventually called off either due to Wilson’s stated desire to continue acting or Richard’s affair around this time with Adela Rogers St. Johns.
- Jessica Stewart Sargent (1928-1963) – Richard married Jessica Stewart Sargent on April 21, 1928, and adopted her son, Stewart, from a previous marriage. They remained married until his death in 1963.
- Norma Talmadge (1931-1932)
- Marlene Dietrich (1942)
Race / Ethnicity
Richard Barthelmess Facts
- He was just a year old when his father passed away.
- Owing to his mother’s profession as a stage actor, Richard Barthelmess grew up in the theatre and experienced “walk-ons” from an early age.
- He indulged in acting during his college years and had 5 years of stock company experience by 1919.
- It was Russian actor Alla Nazimova, a friend of the family, who convinced him to try to pursue a career in acting.
- Along with Charles Duell and Henry King, Richard Barthelmess formed his own production company named Inspiration Film Company.
- He was described as the “idol of every girl in America” by Photoplay magazine in 1922.
- For his performance in the 1927 silent drama film The Patent Leather Kid, he received an Academy Award nomination in the “Best Actor” category.
- During World War II, Richard Barthelmess enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve and served as a lieutenant commander.
- His final film role was playing Ed Kirby in the 1942 film The Mayor of 44th Street.
- During his later years, he lived off his real estate investments.
- For his contributions to the film industry, Richard Barthelmess received a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6755 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.
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