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John Sidney Barrymore
Original name: John Blythe
Birth: Feb. 15, 1882
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 29, 1942
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. He made his stage debut at the age of 18 in one of his father's productions, but he really wanted to be an artist. Educated at Kings College, Wimbledon, and New York's Art Student League, he worked at the New York Evening Journal doing sketches. By 1905, he had given up being an artist and toured the country doing plays. He became a major Broadway star in "The Fortune Hunter" in 1909. His debut on the screen came in 1914 in "An American Citizen" and his good looks and remarkable talent made him a star. He often disguised his good looks under hideous make-up to make memorable characters of horror. In the early days of talking films, he became a romantic leading man, but heavy drinking took its toll and he sadly degenerated into an old man before his time. His final few films were not his best; however, he could rouse himself to a moving soliloquy from Hamlet. John died in 1942 and was mourned not just for the loss of his life, but for the loss of his grace, wit, and brilliance he brought to the silver screen. (bio by: Marta Monk) 
 
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 Parents:
  Maurice Barrymore (1849 - 1905)
  Georgiana Emma Drew Barrymore (1854 - 1893)
 
 Spouses:
  Blanche Marie Louise Oelrichs (1890 - 1950)
  Dolores Costello (1903 - 1979)*
  Elaine Barrie (1915 - 2003)*
 
 Children:
  Diana Blanche Barrymore (1921 - 1960)*
  John Drew Barrymore (1932 - 2004)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lionel Barrymore (1878 - 1954)*
  Ethel Barrymore (1879 - 1959)*
  John Sidney Barrymore (1882 - 1942)
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart failure
 
Burial:
Mount Vernon Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Swear not by the unconstant moon.
- Julie Schram
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
Swear not by the unconstant moon.
- Julie Schram
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
Rest in peace and be with God.
- Sue Gartman
 Added: Sep. 6, 2014
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