John Drew Barrymore

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John Drew Barrymore

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 29 Nov 2004 (aged 72)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Joshua Tree National Monument
Memorial ID 9987334 View Source
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Actor. A native of Beverly Hills, Barrymore was the son of legendary stage, and screen actor John Barrymore and actress Dolores Costello Barrymore, nephew of actor Lionel Barrymore, and actress Ethel Barrymore, and the father of actress Drew Barrymore. Born John Blythe Barrymore, John was also known as John Barrymore, Jr. Barrymore's parents divorced when he was an infant, and young John only saw his father once or twice before he died in 1942. After the divorce his mother took care of him and tried to turn her son away from the acting bug, instead she sent him to the St. John Military Academy, hoping that her son would later go onto college and get a degree. In 1959, when he was 17, John went against his mothers wishes and went into acting. He signed a movie contract to appear in films, but also went into theatre as well. Young John's early attempts at acting were nothing but humiliations and disappointments. He would often leave a production after he had already been cast and disrupt filming or the stage act, by usually wanting to change his lesser role for the lead role. If he did not get what he wanted he would leave the production. This caused the film or stage act to stop production and the producers or directors would have to look for a new actor. In 1952 Barrymore tried to settle down, marrying Cara Williams, but their marriage was nothing but trouble. Throughout the marriage, John was often arrested for spousal abuse, drunkenness, and varied bouts with the law. In 1954, the couple had a son named John Blyth Barrymore, but even this could not mend the problems. The couple divorced in 1959. A year later, John again married, this time to Gaby Palazzolo. During the 1960s John continued to act but still ended up having problems with the law, including drug activity. Around this time he started to keep to himself, or distance himself away from the people who knew and cared about him. After his marriage to Gaby, John became involved with Ildiko Jaid Mako, whom he later married. Mako, who became Jaid Barrymore, gave birth to their daughter Drew Barrymore on February 22, 1975. (Drew would become a talented actress as well appearing in such films as Steven Spielberg's "E.T.," when she was just 7). The couple later divorced, and again John distanced himself from his family. John continued to appear in films, but then totally left the limelight and moved into the wilderness where he became a total recluse. Before he left the world of Hollywood, John had appeared in more then 28 films including, "Winchester '73" (1967), "The Clones" (1974), and 21 television appearances including, 'Gunsmoke," "Jericho," "Rawhide," among many others. Later in his life John became very gaunt and thin, often being confined to a wheelchair. He also suffered from both mental and physical illness. In 2003, John appeared before a judge to see who would act as his guardian as he could no longer look after himself. On November 29, 2004, he passed away at the age of 72. On hearing about her father's death, Drew Barrymore released a statement to the public through her publicist simply saying, "He was a cool cat. Please smile when you think of him."

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