Barrymore, Maurice

Barrymore, Maurice

▪ British actor
original name  Herbert Blythe  
born 1846, Fort Agra, India
died March 26, 1905, Amityville, N.Y., U.S.

      actor and sometime playwright, founder, with his wife, Georgiana Barrymore, of the renowned Barrymore theatrical family.

      Herbert Blythe's father was a surveyor for the British East India Company, and the boy was sent back to England for education at Harrow and Oxford. To the dismay of his parents, who hoped he would practice law, in 1872 he became a champion amateur boxer and then went on the stage. Adopting the stage name Barrymore, he went to America in 1875. Though never a star, Barrymore was an excellent supporting actor and acted with many of the great names of theatre. He played with Augustin Daly's company, where he met Georgiana Drew, whom he married in 1876. He later joined Lester Wallack's company; on occasion he would be on the stage with his wife and son John. He took engagements in London and tried his hand at playwriting, with scant success, although (with much rewriting help) he did write original plays for Helena Modjeska and played in some of them.

Additional Reading
James Kotsilibas-Davis, Great Times, Good Times: The Odyssey of Maurice Barrymore (1977).

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