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John Gilbert



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jerusalem Countdown
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Split
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Unidentified
  • Frank
2006
No Score Yet KatieBird: Certifiable Crazy Person
  • Crossing Guard
2005
No Score Yet Yard Sale
  • CD Buying Husband
2005
No Score Yet The Glow
  • Victor
2002
No Score Yet Farewell to Harry
  • Belov
2002
0% The Art of Woo
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Eclipse
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Eclipse
  • Brian
1995
No Score Yet The Comrades of Summer
  • Dobolov
1992
73% The Adjuster
  • The Doctor
1992
76% White Men Can't Jump
  • "Jeopardy!" Announcer
1992
No Score Yet Montreal Vu Par... (six Variation Sur Un Theme(
  • [Vue D'Ailleurs]
1992
No Score Yet Face of a Stranger
  • Paul
1991
14% Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • Fat Sniper
1989
68% Rabid
  • Dr. Royce Gentry
1979
No Score Yet Girl in Blue
  • Jim
1973
89% Queen Christina
  • Don Antonio de la Prada
1933
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
40% 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
92% Flesh and the Devil
  • Leo von Sellenthin
1926
No Score Yet Bardelys the Magnificent
  • Bardelys
1926
No Score Yet La Boheme
  • Rodolfo
1926
No Score Yet The Merry Widow
  • Prince Danilo
1925
100% The Big Parade
  • James Apperson
1925
No Score Yet Universal & MGM Studio Tour 1925
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet He Who Gets Slapped
  • Bezano
1924
No Score Yet The Busher
  • Jim Blair
1919
No Score Yet The Show
  • Actor

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