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Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore


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Also Known As: Died: November 15, 1954
Born: April 28, 1878 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...


Barrymore played Scrooge in an annual radio broadcast of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" which became something of a time-honored tradition.

"If John and Ethel were the royalty of the Barrymore acting family, brother Lionel was the journeyman actor of the clan. During his fifty-year film career, he avoided romantic leads, preferring to disguise his distinguished six-foot, 155-pound frame in unusual character assignments. Equally adept at sympathetic, heroic, villainous, comedic avuncular, startling, or majestic roles, the excellence of his acting was overshadowed often in later years by his bulky wheelchaired presence." --James Robert Parish ("The MGM Stock Company")

Received a Treasury Department citation in 1954 for cooperation in helping promote investment in U.S. Savings Bonds.

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