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Hollywood Memorial

Lionel Barrymore

In the first half of the 20th Century, Ethel Barrymore and her brothers John and Lionel were probably the most famous family of actors in the English-speaking world. He appeared in over 85 silent films from the time of his first role in 1911 to the invention of talkies in 1929. After signing a contract with MGM in 1926, he left the New York stage for good to relocate to Culver City, California. He ultimately spent over a quarter of a century under contract to MGM, lending his talents to over 100 films. He also brought Ethel and John to MGM and the brother teamed in films such as ‘Grand Hotel,’ ‘Dinner at Eight,’ and ‘Arsene Lupin.’ His 1931 performance in ‘A Free Soul’ with Clark Gable earned him an Oscar, although he is most remembered for his work with Spencer Tracy in ‘Captains Courageous’ and later as the evil ‘Mr. Potter’ in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ His crypt is in the mausoleum of Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles.