John Gilbert

John Gilbert

Highest Rated: 50% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

Birthday: Jul 10, 1897

Birthplace: Not Available

A major talent of the silent era, John Gilbert is best remembered today as a textbook victim of the Hollywood machinery, a classic example of the motion picture industry's ability not only to manufacture stars but also destroy them. Born John Pringle in Logan, Utah on July 10, 1899, he broke into movies in 1915 as a bit player in Matrimony. His big break came four years later, when he appeared opposite Mary Pickford in Heart O' the Hills. Soon Gilbert was a star, moving to Fox during the 1920s and cementing his reputation as a leading adventure and western hero thanks to such swashbuckling fare as the 1922 hit Monte Cristo.By the middle of the decade, Gilbert was a cinema idol with few peers, starring in a string of successes ranging from the 1924 hit He Who Gets Slapped to the back-to-back 1925 smashes The Merry Widow and The Big Parade. In 1927 he teamed with Greta Garbo in MGM's Flesh and the Devil; the two stars were soon rumored to be romantically involved, and the intensity of the on-screen relationship made subsequent pairings like 1927's Love and the following year's A Woman of Affairs major hits. However, following the deterioration of Gilbert's relationship with Garbo, he came into conflict with studio-mogul Louis B. Mayer, effectively ending his career. While Gilbert's later fall from grace was publicly attributed to the awkwardness of his voice following the advent of the talkies, Hollywood insiders knew the truth -- Gilbert was the victim of Mayer's considerable wealth and influence. The writing was on the wall: the studio heads could crush anyone who crossed their paths, regardless of their popularity and star power. Gilbert was perhaps their most celebrated sacrifice. On January 9, 1936 he died of a massive heart attack.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Split Actor 2009
No Score Yet Eclipse Actor 1997
No Score Yet Montreal Vu Par... (six Variation Sur Un Theme( [Vue D'Ailleurs] 1992
No Score Yet Girl in Blue Jim 1973
No Score Yet The Captain Hates the Sea Steve Bramley 1934
No Score Yet Fast Workers Gunner Smith 1933
No Score Yet Downstairs Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Phantom of Paris Cheri-Bibi 1931
No Score Yet Gentleman's Fate Jack Thomas 1931
50% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Himself/Romeo 1929
No Score Yet Desert Nights Hugh 1929
No Score Yet A Woman of Affairs Neville 'Nevs' Holderness 1928
No Score Yet The Cossacks Lukashka 1928
No Score Yet Four Walls Benny 1928
No Score Yet Love (Anna Karenina) Count Vronsky 1927
No Score Yet The Show Cock Robin 1927
No Score Yet Bardelys the Magnificent Bardelys 1926
No Score Yet La Boheme Rodolfo 1926
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Prince Danilo 1925
No Score Yet He Who Gets Slapped Bezano 1924
No Score Yet White Heather Dick Beach 1919
No Score Yet The Busher Jim Blair 1919


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