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Barry Norton (born Alfredo Carlos Birabén; June 16, 1905 – August 24, 1956) was an Argentinian-American actor. He appeared in over 90 films, starting in silent films from 1925 until his death in 1956. He is perhaps best known for his role as Juan Harker in Universal Pictures' Spanish-language version of Drácula in 1931, the English language role of Jonathan Harker originated by David Manners. Arriving in Hollywood in the 1920s, Norton first appeared as an extra in The Black Pirate (1926) but was soon cast in Fox Films' The Lily that same year. His big break came when he was given the role of Pvt. "Mother's Boy" Lewisohn in What Price Glory?, which turned out to be a huge commercial success. He landed substantial roles in Legion of the Condemned and 4 Devils (both 1928), which were also very successful. His acting was well received by audiences and critics at the time, and during the silent era he avoided being typecast as a Latin lover. One theater owner in Golden City, Montana said, "[Norton] has as yet to show me a bad performance. There's a boy that is a 'natural'."

In the early 1930s, Norton could still get leading roles in major films. Major Hollywood studios started producing alternate-language versions of their prestige productions, and he became one of dozens of Latino actors needed. Drácula was one of these films, but Norton also appeared in Spanish-language versions of Paramount on Parade (1930), The Benson Murder Case (1930), and The Criminal Code (1931). In a few cases, he appeared in both versions of a film. Examples include Storm Over the Andes (Spanish version: Alas sobre El Chaco), The Sea Fiend (El diablo del Mar), and Captain Calamity (El capitan Tormenta), the latter film reuniting him with Lupita Tovar, his romantic interest from Dracula.

In addition to roles in Spanish-territory films, he had roles in numerous major films, usually playing sophisticated Europeans. With the decline in Spanish-language film production in Los Angeles, Norton's opportunities for leading roles became less and less frequent. Though he had a pleasing voice, his Argentine accent seemed incongruous with his appearance. According to some sources, he never mastered English very well. In 1933, he secured what would be his last important role, playing Jean Parker's Spanish fiancé in Frank Capra's Lady for a Day (1933). Although he would continue to work for another 15 years, Norton's last credited screen role would be Should Husbands Work? (1939). For the rest of his career, Norton continued to reside in Los Angeles and obtain small roles in films. Many films he appeared in are now considered to be classics.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Barry Norton (born Alfredo Carlos Birabén; June 16, 1905 – August 24, 1956) was an Argentinian-American actor. He appeared in over 90 films, starting in silent films from 1925 until his death in 1956. He is perhaps best known for his role as Juan Harker in Universal Pictures' Spanish-language version of Drácula in 1931, the English language role of Jonathan Harker originated by David Manners. Arriving in Hollywood in the 1920s, Norton first appeared as an extra in The Black Pirate (1926) but was soon cast in Fox Films' The Lily that same year. His big break came when he was given the role of Pvt. "Mother's Boy" Lewisohn in What Price Glory?, which turned out to be a huge commercial success. He landed substantial roles in Legion of the Condemned and 4 Devils (both 1928), which were also very successful. His acting was well received by audiences and critics at the time, and during the silent era he avoided being typecast as a Latin lover. One theater owner in Golden City, Montana said, "[Norton] has as yet to show me a bad performance. There's a boy that is a 'natural'."

In the early 1930s, Norton could still get leading roles in major films. Major Hollywood studios started producing alternate-language versions of their prestige productions, and he became one of dozens of Latino actors needed. Drácula was one of these films, but Norton also appeared in Spanish-language versions of Paramount on Parade (1930), The Benson Murder Case (1930), and The Criminal Code (1931). In a few cases, he appeared in both versions of a film. Examples include Storm Over the Andes (Spanish version: Alas sobre El Chaco), The Sea Fiend (El diablo del Mar), and Captain Calamity (El capitan Tormenta), the latter film reuniting him with Lupita Tovar, his romantic interest from Dracula.

In addition to roles in Spanish-territory films, he had roles in numerous major films, usually playing sophisticated Europeans. With the decline in Spanish-language film production in Los Angeles, Norton's opportunities for leading roles became less and less frequent. Though he had a pleasing voice, his Argentine accent seemed incongruous with his appearance. According to some sources, he never mastered English very well. In 1933, he secured what would be his last important role, playing Jean Parker's Spanish fiancé in Frank Capra's Lady for a Day (1933). Although he would continue to work for another 15 years, Norton's last credited screen role would be Should Husbands Work? (1939). For the rest of his career, Norton continued to reside in Los Angeles and obtain small roles in films. Many films he appeared in are now considered to be classics.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 48

Birthday 1905-06-16

Day of Death 1956-08-24

Place of Birth Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Also Known As

  • Alfredo Carlos Birabén

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1956 Around the World in Eighty Days as Extra (uncredited)
1954 The Caine Mutiny as Ship's Officer (uncredited)
1953 Trouble Along the Way as Party Guest
1953 The Jazz Singer as Nightclub Patron
1952 Room for One More as Boy Scout Ceremony Attendee (uncredited)
1950 Rocketship X-M as Reporter (uncredited)
1949 The Gal Who Took the West as Officer at Party
1948 An Innocent Affair as Rocket Roof Patron (uncredited)
1947 Monsieur Verdoux as Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
1947 Twilight on the Rio Grande as Rurale
1946 Devil Monster as Robert Jackson
1943 Mission to Moscow as Ball Guest
1943 Above Suspicion as German Cafe Patron (uncredited)
1942 Casablanca as Gambler at Rick's (uncredited)
1942 You Were Never Lovelier as One of Maria's Suitors
1942 Blue, White, and Perfect as Man at Ship Dock (uncredited)
1941 The Mexican Spitfire's Baby as Nightclub Patron
1941 Tom, Dick and Harry as Bowler
1941 The Lady Eve as Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
1940 Mexican Spitfire Out West as Hotel Guest
1940 Down Argentine Way as Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
1940 Dance, Girl, Dance as Dissaproving Theatre Patron
1939 Should Husbands Work? as Ronald McDonald
1939 Second Fiddle as Nightclub Patron
1939 Angel of Mercy as President Garfield's Secretary
1938 The Buccaneer as Villere
1937 I'll Take Romance as Juan
1937 Rich Relations as Don Blair
1936 Captain Calamity as Carr
1936 Murder at Glen Athol as Tom Randel
1935 Woman Wanted as Nightclub Patron
1934 Caravan as Young Officer at Beer Garden
1934 Grand Canary as Robert Tranter
1934 Unknown Blonde as Bob Parker
1933 Lady for a Day as Carlos
1933 Cocktail Hour as Prince Philippe de Longville
1933 Luxury Liner as Prince Vladimir Gleboff
1931 Dishonored as Young Lieutenant - Firing Squad
1931 Drácula as Juan Harker
1928 The Red Dance as Rasputin's Assassin (uncredited)
1928 4 Devils as Adolf
1928 The Legion of the Condemned as Byron Dashwood
1927 The Wizard
1927 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans as Ballroom Dancer / Kissing Couple (uncredited)
1927 A Man About Town as Amos, a Centerville Clerk
1927 Ankles Preferred
1926 The Lily
1926 The Black Pirate as Youth (uncredited)

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