John Drew Barrymore

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John Drew Barrymore (actually John Blyth Barrymore, Jr. * 4 June 1932 in Beverly Hills , California ; † 29. November 2004 in Los Angeles , California) was a US -American actor and member of the family of actors Barrymore .


Barrymore was the son of Hollywood legend John Barrymore and actress Dolores Costello . The parents separated when he was a child; after that he had hardly any contact with his father. His mother sent him to St. John's Military Academy to study. Even then, the 17-year-old Barrymore rebelled and instead of going to university, he signed his first film contract; he later came into conflict with the law and was detained several times.

Nevertheless, he celebrated successes in Hollywood productions such as The Big Night and While the City Sleeps from the late 1950s to the 1960s . Under the name "John Barrymore Jr." he appeared in several westerns. He also appeared in various television productions. Towards the end of the 1950s, he shifted his work to international productions, mostly shot in Italy. He was noticed several times by his choleric character and his impulsive manner; he often appeared late or not at all for filming, and he dropped out of some productions while filming was still in progress. He played his last minor role in the 1976 film Baby Blue Marine .

At least three marriages are recorded for Barrymore: in 1952 he married Cara Williams , the marriage went to son John Barrymore Jr. emerged. Just a year after the divorce, he married Gaby Palozzolo in 1960 ; this marriage, which resulted in one child, was divorced in 1970. In his third marriage he was married to Jaid Barrymore from 1971 to 1984 , from this marriage the actress Drew Barrymore comes . He is said to have had another marriage with actress Nina Wayne ; a daughter was born in 1966.

Barrymore had a difficult relationship with his children throughout his life. The reasons given by his daughter Drew in her memoirs were alcohol addiction, drugs, brawls, and domestic violence, as well as the fact that he rarely had time with his children.


He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his services .

Filmography (selection)

  • 1950: Battle at sunset (The Sundowners)
  • 1950: The Tiger of Texas (High Lonesome)
  • 1951: The Big Night
  • 1952: Baptism of Fire Invasion (Thunderbirds)
  • 1956: The Beast (While the City Sleeps)
  • 1958: The Gangster King of New York (Never Love a Stranger)
  • 1958: At seventeen on the precipice (High School Confidential)
  • 1959: Night of the Quarter Moon
  • 1960: Circassian uprising (I cosacchi)
  • 1960: The wife of the pharaohs (La donna dei faraoni)
  • 1960: Rasputin, the demon of Petersburg (L'ultimo tsar)
  • 1961: The conquest of Corinth (Il conquistatore di Corinto)
  • 1961: The battle for Troy (La guerra di Troia)
  • 1962: Pontius Pilatus - governor of horror (Ponzio Pilato)
  • 1963: Riding to freedom (Col ferro e col fuoco)
  • 1963: The Devil's Guys from Dorano (I diavoli di Spartivento)
  • 1963: Me, Christine Keeler (The Keeler Affair)

Web links

Commons : John Drew Barrymore  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Enrico Lancia, Fabio Melelli: Dictionnaire del cinema italiano. Attori stranieri del nostro cinema . Gremese 2006, pp. 23/24