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Lionel Barrymore was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains best known to modern audiences for the role of the villainous Mr. Potter character in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. He is also particularly remembered as Ebenezer Scrooge in annual broadcasts of A Christmas Carol during his last two decades. He is also known for playing Dr. Leonard Gillespie in MGM's nine Dr. Kildare films, a role he reprised in a further six films focussing solely on Gillespie and in a radio series entitled The Story of Dr. Kildare. He was a member of the theatrical Barrymore family.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Lionel Barrymore was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains best known to modern audiences for the role of the villainous Mr. Potter character in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. He is also particularly remembered as Ebenezer Scrooge in annual broadcasts of A Christmas Carol during his last two decades. He is also known for playing Dr. Leonard Gillespie in MGM's nine Dr. Kildare films, a role he reprised in a further six films focussing solely on Gillespie and in a radio series entitled The Story of Dr. Kildare. He was a member of the theatrical Barrymore family.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 153

Birthday 1878-04-28

Day of Death 1954-11-15

Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Also Known As

  • Lionel Herbert Blythe
  • Lionel Blythe

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 The Mesmerist as The Innkeeper (archive footage)
2003 Complicated Women as Himself (archive footage)
2002 D.W. Griffith - Years of Discovery 1909-1913
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)
1964 Underdog (125 episodes)
1956 Our Mr. Sun as Father Time (voice)
1953 Main Street to Broadway as Himself
1952 Lone Star as Andrew Jackson
1951 Bannerline as Hugo Trimble
1951 The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story
1950 Right Cross as Sean O'Malley
1949 Malaya as John Manchester
1949 Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership as Himself
1949 Down to the Sea in Ships as Captain Bering Joy
1949 Breakdowns of 1949 as Himself
1948 Key Largo as James Temple
1947 Dark Delusion as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1946 Duel in the Sun as Sen. Jackson Tilt McCanles
1946 The Secret Heart as Dr. Rossiger
1946 It's a Wonderful Life as Henry F. Potter
1946 Three Wise Fools as Dr. Richard Gaunght
1945 The Valley of Decision as Pat Rafferty
1945 Between Two Women as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1944 Since You Went Away as Clergyman
1944 Dragon Seed as Narrator (voice)
1944 3 Men in White as Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
1944 A Guy Named Joe as The General
1944 Twenty Years After
1943 The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith as Gramps
1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1942 Tennessee Johnson as Thaddeus Stevens
1942 Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1942 Calling Dr. Gillespie as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1941 Lady Be Good as Judge Murdock
1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1941 The People Vs. Dr. Kildare as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1941 The Bad Man as Uncle Henry Jones
1941 The Penalty as 'Grandpop' Logan
1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as (archive footage)
1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World as Himself
1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1940 The Stars Look Down as Narrator (U.S. release only) (voice)
1940 The Miracle of Sound as Himself
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie
1939 On Borrowed Time as Julian Northrup aka Gramps
1939 From the Ends of the Earth as himself
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
1939 Let Freedom Ring as Thomas Logan
1938 Young Dr. Kildare as Dr. Gillespie
1938 You Can't Take It with You as Grandpa Martin Vanderhof
1938 Test Pilot as Drake
1938 A Yank at Oxford as Dan Sheridan
1937 Navy Blue and Gold as Captain 'Skinny' Dawes
1937 Saratoga as Grandpa Clayton
1937 Captains Courageous as Captain Disko Troop
1937 A Family Affair as Judge James K. Hardy
1936 Camille as Monsieur Duval
1936 The Road to Glory as Papa La Roche / Pvt. Morin
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy as Andrew Jackson
1936 The Devil-Doll as Paul Lavond
1936 The Voice of Bugle Ann as Spring Davis
1935 Ah, Wilderness! as Mr. Nat Miller
1935 The Return Of Peter Grimm as Peter Grimm
1935 Public Hero Number 1 as Dr. Josiah Glass
1935 Mark of the Vampire as Professor
1935 The Little Colonel as Colonel Lloyd
1935 David Copperfield as Dan Peggotty
1934 Treasure Island as Billy Bones
1934 The Girl from Missouri as T.R. Paige
1934 Carolina as Bob Connelly
1934 This Side of Heaven as Martin Turner
1933 Should Ladies Behave as Augustus Merrick
1933 Christopher Bean as Dr. Milton Haggett
1933 Night Flight as Robineau
1933 One Man's Journey as Eli Watt
1933 Dinner at Eight as Oliver Jordan
1933 The Stranger's Return as Grandpa Cyrus Tatum Storr
1933 Looking Forward as Tim Benton
1933 Sweepings as Daniel Pardway
1932 Rasputin and the Empress as Grigori Rasputin
1932 The Washington Masquerade as Jefferson "Jeff" Keane
1932 Grand Hotel as Otto Kringelein
1932 Arsene Lupin as Detective Guerchard
1932 The Broken Lullaby as Dr. H. Holderlin
1931 Mata Hari as General Serge Shubin
1931 The Christmas Party as Himself (uncredited)
1931 The Yellow Ticket as Baron Igor Andreeff
1931 Guilty Hands as Richard Grant
1931 A Free Soul as Stephen Ashe
1930 Free and Easy as Bedroom Scene
1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 as Himself - Director of 'Romeo and Juliet' (uncredited)
1929 The Mysterious Island as Count Andre Dakkar
1928 West of Zanzibar as Mr. Crane
1928 Alias Jimmy Valentine as Doyle
1928 The Lion and the Mouse as John Ryder
1928 Drums of Love as Duke Cathos de Alvia
1928 Sadie Thompson as Alfred Davidson
1927 Body and Soul as Dr. Leyden
1927 Women Love Diamonds as Hugo Harlan
1927 The Show as The Greek
1926 The Temptress as Canterac
1926 The Bells as Mathias
1926 The Lucky Lady as Count Ferranzo
1926 Paris at Midnight as Vautrin
1926 Wife Tamers as Mr. Barry
1926 Brooding Eyes as Slim Jim Carey
1925 Fifty-Fifty as Frederick Harmon
1925 The Girl Who Wouldn't Work as Gordon Kent
1924 America as Capt. Walter Butler
1923 The Eternal City as Baron Bonelli
1923 Unseeing Eyes as Conrad Dean
1922 The Face in the Fog as Boston Blackie Dawson
1920 The Devil's Garden
1916 The Quitter
1915 Wildfire as John Keefe
1914 Brute Force
1914 Strongheart as Billy Saunders
1914 Classmates
1913 The Strong Man's Burden as John - the Elder Brother
1913 An Indian's Loyalty as The Cattle Buyer
1913 The Switch Tower as First Counterfeiter
1913 The Yaqui Cur as The Easterner
1913 The Wanderer as The Male Lover
1913 The Little Tease as In Bar
1913 Fate as Father, Loving Family
1913 Oil and Water
1913 The Telephone Girl and the Lady
1913 Three Friends as Second Friend
1913 Death's Marathon
1912 The Burglar’s Dilemma as The Householder
1912 The New York Hat
1912 The Painted Lady as At Ice Cream Festival
1912 My Baby as At table
1912 The Musketeers of Pig Alley as The Musician's Friend
1912 The One She Loved as The Neighbor
1912 So Near, Yet So Far as In Club
1912 Friends as Grizzley Fallon - Dandy Jack's Friend
1912 The Massacre
1911 The Miser's Heart
1911 Fighting Blood

Directing

1931 Ten Cents a Dance Director
1930 The Sea Bat Director
1930 The Rogue Song Director
1930 Redemption Director
1929 His Glorious Night Director
1929 The Unholy Night Director
1929 Madame X Director
1917 Life's Whirlpool Director
1913 His Secret Director

Writing

1917 Life's Whirlpool Writer
1912 The Burglar’s Dilemma Writer

Sound

1929 His Glorious Night Music

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