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John Barrymore

Date of Birth: February 14, 1882

Date of Death: May 29, 1942 (60)

Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA, USA

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John Barrymore STAGE CREDITS

Allan Manville



Gwymplane Soldier

Richard, Duke of Gloucester, afterwards Richard III

Giannetto Malespini

Giannetto Malespini

Peter Ibbetson

William Falder

Chick Hewes

Julian Rolfe

George MacFarland



Robert Hudson

Nathaniel Duncan

Original Broadway Production, 1909


Tony Allen [Replacement]


Charley Hyne

Charley Hyne


John Barrymore Movies

[1914]The Man from Mexico Fitzhugh

[1915]Are You a Mason? Frank Perry

[1915]The Dictator Brooke Travers

[1916]Nearly a King Jack Merriwell, Prince of Bulwana

[1916]The Lost Bridegroom Bertie Joyce

[1917]Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman A.J. Raffles

[1917]National Red Cross Pageant The Tyrant - Russian episode

[1918]On the Quiet Robert Ridgeway

[1919]The Test of Honor Martin Wingrave

[1919]Here Comes the Bride Frederick Tile

[1920]Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll, Mr. Edward Hyde

[1921]The Lotus Eater Jacques Leroi

[1922]Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes

[1924]Beau Brummel George BryonBeauBrummel

[1926]Don Juan Don Jose de Marana, Don Juan de Marana

[1926]The Sea Beast Captain Ahab Ceeley

[1927]When a Man Loves Chevalier Fabien des Grieux

[1927]The Beloved Rogue François Villon

[1928]Tempest Sgt. Ivan Markov

[1929]Show of Shows Richard III inHenry VI Part III

[1929]General Crack Prince Christian Rudolph Augustus Kettlar - Duke of Kurland

[1929]Eternal Love Marcus Paltran

[1930]Moby Dick Captain Ahab Ceely

[1930]The Man from Blankley's Lord Strathpeffer

[1931]Svengali Svengali

[1931]The Mad Genius Vladimar Ivan Tsarakov

[1932]Grand Hotel Baron Felix von Geigern

[1932]Arsène Lupin Duke of Charmerace

[1932]A Bill of Divorcement Hilary Fairfield

[1932]State's Attorney Tom Cardigan

[1932]Rasputin and the Empress Prince Paul Chegodieff

[1933]Night Flight Riviere

[1933]Topaze Professor Auguste A. Topaze

[1933]Reunion in Vienna Archduke Rudolf von Habsburg

[1933]Dinner at Eight Larry Renault

[1933]Counsellor at Law George Simon

[1934]Twentieth Century Oscar Jaffe

[1934]Long Lost Father Carl Bellairs

[1936]Romeo and Juliet Mercutio - Kinsman to the Prince and Friend to Romeo

[1937]Maytime Nicolai Nazaroff

[1937]Bulldog Drummond Comes Back Colonel Neilson

[1937]Bulldog Drummond's Revenge Colonel Nielson

[1937]Night Club Scandal Dr. Ernest S. Tindal

[1938]Spawn of the North Windy Turlon

[1938]Bulldog Drummond's Peril Colonel Nielson

[1938]Hold That Co-ed Governor

[1938]Marie Antoinette King Louis XV

[1939]Midnight Georges Flammarion

[1939]The Great Man Votes Gregory Vance

[1940]The Great Profile Evans Garrick

[1940]The Invisible Woman Professor Gibbs

[1941]Playmates John Barrymore

John Barrymore News

I HATE HAMLET Opens At The Ritz On June 9

On June 9, the comedy-drama play “I Hate Hamlet” will open at the Ritz Theatre Company, a historic New Jersey venue.

Review: I HATE HAMLET at Phoenix Theatre

I HATE HAMLET is a delightful romp for Shakespeare aficionados and newbies alike. The witty repartee just keeps coming as playwright Paul Rudnick dishes out great dialogue and some killer one liners. Nothing is funnier than actors making fun of actors, and I HATE HAMLET does it well. Despite its focus on one of the greatest dramas ever written, the show puts comedy front and center.

I HATE HAMLET Comes to Music Theatre of Connecticut Next Month

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage continues their 36th MainStage Season with the hilarious I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick. The play will introduce audiences to Andrew, a young and successful television star who relocates to New York where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment.

MARY ASTOR'S PURPLE DIARY - THE MUSICAL Will Have First Private Industry Reading Next Week

Michael & Mardie LLC (Michael Garin and Mardie Millit) will present the FIRST private industry reading of MARY ASTOR'S PURPLE DIARY, an original musical inspired by the book of the same name by Edward Sorel, with book by Mardie Millit and music and lyrics by Michael Garin.

Rikki Lee Travolta Set To Star In Chicagoland's I HATE HAMLET

Rikki Lee Travolta will head the cast of Elgin Theatre Company's mounting of Paul Rudnick's iconic comedy I Hate Hamlet opening September 30, 2022, at the Elgin Arts Showcase just north of Chicago. Under the direction of Regina Belt-Daniels, Travolta will play the role of Andrew Rally – a famous but not terribly talented TV star who is cast in the title role of Shakespeare in the Park's Hamlet.

Review: MORE OF A GOOD THING: AN EVENING OF THEATER at Classics Lost 'n' Found Theater Company

What did our critic think of MORE OF A GOOD THING: AN EVENING OF THEATER at Classics Lost 'n' Found Theater Company? We're going on the road! Briefly! We're taking four productions to Faribault on Saturday, 20 August for the MACT Fast Fest! Before we go, we want to share these productions with you! The Man Behind the Man in the Cape and Women's Work is Never Done by Noreen K. Brandt, as well as Steven LaVigne's two short solo plays Cock and Bull Queen Enid will be presented along with staged readings of scenes from our upcoming fall show!

BWW Review: Triumphant THE FUNNY GIRL IN ME: JOSEPHINE SANGES SINGS FANNY BRICE Debuts at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Josephine Sanges, John M. Cook, and Jeff Harnar have outdone themselves with the new Fanny Brice tribute show playing the Beechman. Read our critic's review.

Scripps Ranch Theatre Stages I HATE HAMLET

Scripps Ranch Theatre continues Season 42 with the comedy I HATE HAMLET by Paul Rudnick, directed by Phil Johnson. The production runs May 27 - June 12 on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. There will be a preview performance on May 27th. Patrons can purchase Tickets online at or contact SRT Patron Services Manager, Dani DeCarlo, at 858-395-0573.

West End Productions Presents Noel Coward's HAY FEVER in May

Written in 1924, one of Noël Coward's best-loved comedies, HAY FEVER is a cross between high farce and a comedy of manners.

The Ritz Theatre Company Unveils 2022-2023 Season

Following a triumphant 'Grand Reopening' back in September and amid a booming return season, The Ritz Theatre Company is aiming to make a giant splash in the months ahead, officially announcing a new season that reinforces the organization's ongoing commitment to 'embracing diversity in our stories and those who share them.'

I HATE HAMLET Comes to The Granite Theatre

In Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet, television star Andrew Rally is about to start rehearsals to play Hamlet—and he is terrified. Unsure of himself, worried about his career, Andrew doesn't know what to do.


Before there was Drew...The name Barrymore was revered in the world of entertainment long before perky Drew Barrymore acted, produced, became an author, created a cosmetics line, and hosted a television show. This month, Town Players of New Canaan will present William Luce's play, Barrymore, an almost one-man show about Drew's grandfather, John Barrymore, starring veteran stage and screen actor Will Jeffries.

World-Acclaimed Solo Performer Ronald Rand Releases New Book SOLO TRANSFORMATION ON STAGE

For the first time ever, Ronald Rand allows us to enter into his two-hour transformation as he embodies 79-year-old Harold Clurman, the 'Elder Statesman of the American Theatre,' as he brings him to life in his world-acclaimed solo play, LET IT BE ART! performing in 25 countries and twenty states.

Scripps Ranch Theatre Announces Season 2022 And Reopening Celebration

​​​​​​​Scripps Ranch Theatre, located on the campus of Alliant Int'l University in Scripps Ranch announced the reopening of their theatre. They will kick off with a Welcome Back Celebration! on December 4th at 7:30pm featuring musical and theatrical performances by some of their community's favorite performers - and have announced their 2022 Season which will start in January, 2022. 

I HATE HAMLET to be Presented by Syracuse Shakespeare-In-The-Park

Get ready for a farcical indoor production from Syracuse Shakespeare-In-The-Park in I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick. This modern comedy about an actor reluctantly cast in Shakespeare's best-known tragedy is directed by Dan Stevens and produced by Ronnie Bell.

Door Shakespeare Reading Series Presents I HATE HAMLET

Door Shakespeare Producing Artistic Director Michael Stebbins and Managing Director Amy Ensign announces the Autumn Door Shakespeare Reading Series offering: I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick. I Hate Hamlet will be presented on Monday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.

Albuquerque Little Theatre Returns To The Stage This Summer

After a very long wait, Albuquerque Little Theatre will be returning to live productions!

BWW Review: A Beloved New York Stage Actor Recalls Six Decades of Theatre in JOHN CULLUM: AN ACCIDENTAL STAR

The first time I saw John Cullum live on stage his fingers were clutched to a window frame of designer Robin Wagner's art deco luxury liner, playing the maniacally flamboyant theatre producer Oscar Jaffe attempting to board a moving train in his Tony-winning turn in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

Stratford Festival Mourns the Loss of Christopher Plummer

The Stratford Festival was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Christopher Plummer's death. The theatrical pioneer was a member of the Stratford acting company for 11 seasons between 1956 and 2012.


John Barrymore has appeared on Broadway in 23 shows.

John Barrymore has not appeared in the West End

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