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FEBRUARY 15, 1882 – MAY 29, 1942
Star of the silent screen and patriarch of one of the world’s most famous acting families,
John Barrymore starred in the 1922 silent film, Sherlock Holmes. Based on William Gillette’s stage play of the same name, it appropriated many of the play’s plot devices. According to Barrymore, “Our film… will bring out the romantic side of Holmes… Gillette, you will remember, had Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s permission to marry him or kill him or do anything he liked with him. We merely avail ourselves more generously of that permission.
Barrymore starred opposite Roland Young as Dr. John Watson, but Barrymore’s larger than life presence stole the show. “His Holmes is not Conan Doyle’s creation, but an amalgam of the interpretations of Sidney Paget, Frederic Dorr Steele and William Gillette,” says Scott Allen Nollen. “In fact, if he had played his scenes without the familiar Holmesian accoutrements, he could be mistaken for any number of cinematic detectives.” For decades, the film was thought to be lost, but in the 1970s, the footage was rediscovered and restored.
John Barrymore was born as John Sidney Blyth on February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died May 29, 1942 in Los Angeles, California.