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Head of the famous Barrymore acting family, Lionel Barrymore was one of the most important character actors of the early 29th century.
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In 1926, Lionel Barrymore left Broadway for Hollywood and began a long line of outstanding screen roles in such films as The Mysterious Island and A Free Soul, for which he won an Academy Award, and went on to appear in Grand Hotel, Captains Courageous, Duel in the Sun and Key Largo. Barrymore was also a radio actor, and was noted for his annual radio performance as Scrooge in Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol. He died in Van Nuys, California, on November 15, 1954.
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