Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Lionel

Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore (of the famous acting family) was born today in 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In later years his arthritis kept him in a wheelchair, but he kept on acting - Key Largo, for instance. Dr Gillespie in the Dr Kildare films, Mr Potter in It's A Wonderful Life, Grandpa in the wonderful You Can't Take It With You, Peggoty in David Copperfield, Billy Bones in Treasure Island, Disko Troop in Captains Courageous, and his Oscar-winning turn in A Free Soul: he left behind a wonderful body of work.

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