- NAME: Lionel Barrymore
- OCCUPATION: Actor
- BIRTH DATE: April 28, 1878
- DEATH DATE: November 15, 1954
- Did You Know?: Severe arthritis confined Lionel Barrymore to a wheelchair in the late 1930s.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- PLACE OF DEATH: Van Nuys, California
- AKA: Lionel Blythe
- Full Name: Lionel Barrymore
- Originally: Lionel Herbert Blythe
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Head of the famous Barrymore acting family, Lionel Barrymore was one of the most important character actors of the early 20th century.
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Barrymore continued to stay busy well into his 70s, appearing in his final film, the musical comedy Main Street to Broadway, in 1953.
Lionel Barrymore was married twice. With his first wife, Doris Rankin, he had two daughters, neither of whom lived beyond infancy. The couple later divorced. Barrymore's second wife, Irene Fenwick, died in 1936.
On November 15, 1954, Barrymore, who'd been suffering heart problems, died at Valley Hospital near his home in Van Nuys, California. Toward the end of his life, Barrymore estimated that his family of actors had appeared on stage and in film for 200 consecutive years. The family tradition has continued since his death, most notably with his great niece, contemporary film star Drew Barrymore.
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