Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore

American actor, director, screenwriter
Date of Birth: 28.04.1878
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Lionel Barrymore
  2. Early Career
  3. Hollywood Success
  4. Filmography and Legacy

Biography of Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore was a renowned American actor, director, and screenwriter. His creative work is familiar to many avid fans of classic cinema. Born on April 28, 1878, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Lionel was the son of Maurice Barrymore, a once-popular actor who had performed on the Broadway stage (he was tragically shot and killed in 1905). Lionel had two siblings, sister Ethel and brother John. As a young boy, Lionel attended a Roman Catholic school, secretly dreaming of art and everything associated with it. He believed that one day he would become a true professional and conquer the world, and ultimately, that's exactly what happened.

Lionel Barrymore

Early Career

At the beginning of his acting career, around the mid-1890s, an inexperienced Lionel prepared performances for his closest circle under the careful guidance of his grandmother. Although he was still very young, his talent was already remarkable. In the early 1900s, Lionel Barrymore actively participated in various performances, including vaudeville and revues. His talented performances did not go unnoticed, and he was soon invited to Broadway. For the next seventeen years, Lionel excelled on the Broadway stage, achieving tremendous success.

Hollywood Success

In 1924, Barrymore ventured to Hollywood to conquer the heights of the film industry. He was particularly attracted to directing. In Hollywood, Lionel quickly gained recognition. Six years later, he was named one of the best directors in Hollywood, and in 1931, he received the highly prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1933, Lionel had the honor of hosting the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony, celebrating the most deserving actors.

Filmography and Legacy

Barrymore appeared in a large number of films, including "Grand Hotel," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Duel in the Sun," and many others. On set, he collaborated with great actors such as Greta Garbo, Spencer Tracy, and Jimmy Stewart. Lionel was respected and highly valued for his acting talent. Today, his star shines on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lionel Barrymore passed away in the autumn of 1954 from a heart attack and was laid to rest in Los Angeles.