Lionel Barrymore

Actor · Director · Writer
IVA Star Rating : 71
Lionel Barrymore was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains best known to modern audiences for the role of villainous Mr. Potter in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.

Lionel Barrymore was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains best known to modern audiences for the role of villainous Mr. Potter in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.

Birth Name

Lionel Herbert Blythe

Born

Sunday, 28 April 1878

Died

Monday, 15 November 1954

Actor Filmography

Before the Flood Father Time 2016
And the Oscar Goes to... Self 2014
Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass (archive footage) 2008
Settling the Score Canterac 2005
Checking Out: Grand Hotel Self / Various roles 2004
The Mesmerist The Innkeeper (archive footage) / The Innkeeper 2003
Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) / Self 2003
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream Self 1998
Escape from It's a Wonderful Life Potter 1996
Home Alone Henry F. Potter 1990
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

Before the Flood Father Time 2016
And the Oscar Goes to... Self 2014
Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass (archive footage) 2008
Settling the Score Canterac 2005
Checking Out: Grand Hotel Self / Various roles 2004
The Mesmerist The Innkeeper (archive footage) / The Innkeeper 2003
Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) / Self 2003
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream Self 1998
Escape from It's a Wonderful Life Potter 1996
Home Alone Henry F. Potter 1990
Hollywood Self 1980
That's Entertainment, Part II Clip from 'A Free Soul' / (archive footage) 1976
That's Entertainment! Self - at Banquet 1974
Hollywood: The Dream Factory Self - film clips 1972
Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed Self / Colonel 1968
Underdog 1964
The Big Parade of Comedy Oliver Jordan in 'Dinner at Eight' 1964
Our Mr. Sun Father Time (voice) / Father Time 1956
MGM Parade (archive footage), Capt. Disko Troop, Captain Disko Troop, Disko, Stephen Ashe in 'A Free Soul' 1955
Film Fun Self / (archive footage) 1955
Yesterday and Today (archive footage) 1953
Main Street to Broadway Lionel Barrymore / Self 1953
Lone Star Andrew Jackson 1952
Bannerline Hugo Trimble 1951
Right Cross Sean O'Malley 1950
Malaya John Manchester 1949
Down to the Sea in Ships Capt. Bering Joy / Bering Joy 1949
Key Largo James Temple 1948
The Ed Sullivan Show Self 1948
Dark Delusion Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1947
Duel in the Sun Sen. Jackson McCanles / Sen. Jackson Tilt McCanles 1947
The Secret Heart Dr. Rossiger 1946
It's a Wonderful Life Mr. Potter 1946
Three Wise Fools Dr. Richard Gaunght 1946
The Valley of Decision Pat Rafferty 1945
Between Two Women Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie / Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1945
Dragon Seed Narrator (voice) / Narrator 1944
Since You Went Away Clergyman 1944
3 Men in White Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie / Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1944
Some of the Best Otto Kringelein in 'Grand Hotel' / Oliver Jordan in 'Dinner At Eight' / Lionel Barrymore - Stephen Ashe in 'A Free Soul' / Captain Disko Troop in 'Captains Courageous' 1944
Twenty Years After (archive footage) 1944
A Guy Named Joe The General 1943
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie / Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1943
Tennessee Johnson Thaddeus Stevens 1942
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1942
Calling Dr. Gillespie Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1942
Dr. Kildare's Victory Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1942
Lady Be Good Judge Murdock 1941
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1941
The People vs. Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1941
The Bad Man Uncle Henry Jones 1941
The Penalty 'Grandpop' Logan 1941
Dr. Kildare's Crisis Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1940
The Miracle of Sound Self 1940
Dr. Kildare Goes Home Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1940
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (archive footage) 1940
Hollywood: Style Center of the World Self 1940
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1940
The Stars Look Down Narrator (U.S. release only) (voice) / Narrator (U.S. release only) 1940
The Secret of Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie / Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1939
From the Ends of the Earth Self 1939
The Movies March On Self (segment The New York Hat) / Self (segment The New York Hat) (archive footage) 1939
On Borrowed Time Julian Northrup - Gramps / Julian Northrup aka Gramps 1939
Calling Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1939
Let Freedom Ring Thomas Logan 1939
Young Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Gillespie 1938
You Can't Take It with You Martin Vanderhof / Grandpa Martin Vanderhof 1938
Test Pilot Howard B. Drake 1938
A Yank at Oxford Dan Sheridan 1938
Navy Blue and Gold Capt. 'Skinny' Dawes / Captain 'Skinny' Dawes 1937
Saratoga Grandpa Clayton 1937
Captains Courageous Captain Disko / Captain Disko Troop 1937
A Family Affair Judge James K. Hardy / Judge Hardy 1937
Camille Monsieur Duval 1936
The Road to Glory Pvt. Morin / Papa La Roche 1936
The Gorgeous Hussy Andrew Jackson 1936
The Devil-Doll Paul Lavond 1936
The Voice of Bugle Ann Spring Davis / Springfield Davis 1936
Ah Wilderness! Nat Miller 1935
The Return of Peter Grimm Peter Grimm 1935
Public Hero Number 1 Doctor Josiah Glass / Dr. Josiah Glass 1935
Mark of the Vampire Professor Zelin 1935
The Little Colonel Colonel Lloyd 1935
David Copperfield Dan Peggotty 1935
Treasure Island Billy Bones 1934
The Girl from Missouri Thomas Randall Paige / T.R. Paige 1934
Carolina Bob Connelly 1934
This Side of Heaven Martin Turner 1934
Should Ladies Behave Augustus Merrick 1933
Christopher Bean Dr. Milton Haggett 1933
Night Flight Insp. Robineau / Robineau 1933
One Man's Journey Eli Watt 1933
Dinner at Eight Oliver Jordan 1933
The Stranger's Return Grandpa Cyrus Tatum Storr / Grandpa Storr 1933
Looking Forward Tim Benton 1933
Sweepings Daniel Pardway 1933
Rasputin and the Empress Grigori Yefimovitch Rasputin / Grigori Rasputin 1932
The Washington Masquerade Jeff Keane / Jefferson "Jeff" Keane 1932
Grand Hotel Otto Kringelein 1932
The Movie Album Self 1932
Arsène Lupin Detective Guerchard / Guerchard 1932
Broken Lullaby Dr. H. Holderlin 1932
Mata Hari General Serge Shubin / General Shubin 1931
The Christmas Party Lionel Barrymore 1931
The Yellow Ticket Baron Igor Andreeff 1931
Guilty Hands Richard Grant 1931
A Free Soul Stephen Ashe 1931
Free and Easy Lionel Barrymore - Director of Bedroom Scene / Bedroom Scene 1930
The Mysterious Island Count Andre Dakkar / Andre Dakkar 1929
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Lionel Barrymore - Director of 'Romeo and Juliet' 1929
West of Zanzibar Crane 1928
Drums of Love Duke Cathos de Alvia 1928
Sadie Thompson Alfred Davidson 1928
Body and Soul Dr. Leyden 1927
The Show The Greek 1927
The Temptress Canterac 1926
The Bells Mathias 1926
The Lucky Lady Count Ferranzo 1926
Paris at Midnight Vautrin 1926
Wife Tamers Mr. Barry 1926
The Barrier Stark Bennett 1926
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Chariot Race Spectator 1925
America Capt. Walter Butler / Captain Walter Butler 1924
Decameron Nights Saladin 1924
The Eternal City Baron Bonelli 1923
Unseeing Eyes Conrad Dean 1923
The Exploits of Elaine Undetermined Role 1914
The Primitive Man 1914
Strongheart Billy Saunders 1914
Judith of Bethulia Extra 1914
Classmates Bubby Dumble 1914
The Strong Man's Burden John - the Elder Brother 1913
The Switch Tower First Counterfeiter 1913
Death's Marathon The Financial Backer 1913
The Yaqui Cur The Easterner 1913
The House of Darkness The Doctor 1913
The Wanderer The Male Lover 1913
The Telephone Girl and the Lady The Desk Sergeant 1913
Three Friends Second Friend 1913
The Burglar's Dilemma The Householder / The Author 1912
The New York Hat Preacher Bolton - the Minister / Minister 1912
Brutality At Wedding 1912
The Musketeers of Pig Alley The Musician's Friend 1912
The Painted Lady At Ice Cream Festival 1912
So Near, Yet So Far In Club 1912
Friends Grizzley Fallon - Dandy Jack's Friend / Grizzly Fallon - Dandy Jack's Friend 1912
The Miser's Heart Jules - the Thief 1911
The Battle Wagon Driver 1911
Fighting Blood 1911
The White Caps Abusive husband 1905

Director Filmography

1931 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
1930 Oscar Best Director Nominated
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