Richard Barthelmess

Lowest Rated: 75% Heroes for Sale (1933)
Birthday: May 9, 1895
Birthplace: Not Available
Richard Barthelmess endeavored to follow the family tradition established by his actress mother Carolyn Harris, appearing in amateur theatricals while attending Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1916, the 21-year-old Barthelmess was invited to appear in films by a family friend, actress Alla Nazimova. His first film was the silent serial Gloria's Romance (1916). He joined D.W. Griffith's company in 1918 at the behest of Dorothy Gish, appearing opposite Dorothy's sister Lillian in the 1919 Griffith classic Broken Blossoms. Though he played a Chinese holy man in this film, Barthelmess was generally found in all-American roles; many historians consider his portrayal of a backwoods teen-aged mail carrier in Tol'able David (1921) (produced by Barthelmess' own Inspiration Film Co.) to be his finest effort. During the 1920s, Barthelmess was one of the biggest stars at First National Studios, pulling down $375,000 per year for such vehicles as The Patent Leather Kid and The Drop Kick (both 1927). He remained with First National when it was absorbed by Warner Bros. in 1928, continuing to star in such early talkies as The Dawn Patrol (1930) and Cabin in the Cotton (1932). Despite possessing a high, reedy voice, Barthelmess made a successful transition to sound; but after so many years on top, his popularity inevitably began to wane in the early 1930s. His last film performances were in character roles, often unsympathetic in nature; he was particularly effective as the disgraced pilot in Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings (1939). After serving as a lieutenant commander in World War II, Richard Barthelmess retired to a wealthy, comfortable existence, thanks to wise real-estate investments in the Long Island area.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Love Goddesses: A History of Sex in the Cinema Actor 1965
No Score Yet The Great Chase Actor 1962
No Score Yet The Mayor of 44th Street Ed Kirby 1942
No Score Yet The Spoilers Bronco Kid Farrell 1942
100% Only Angels Have Wings Bat Mac Pherson 1939
No Score Yet Spy of Napoleon Gerard de Lancy 1936
No Score Yet Midnight Alibi Lance McGowan / Robert Anders 1934
No Score Yet Massacre Chief Joe Thunderhorse 1934
75% Heroes for Sale Thomas 'Tom' Holmes 1933
No Score Yet Central Airport James 'Jim' Blaine 1933
No Score Yet Cabin in the Cotton Marvin Blake 1932
No Score Yet Alias The Doctor Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Last Flight Cary Lockwood 1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools Actor 1931
No Score Yet The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander) Dick Courtney 1930
No Score Yet Son of the Gods Sam Lee 1930
No Score Yet Weary River Jerry 1929
No Score Yet The Noose Nickie Elkins 1928
No Score Yet The Dropkick Jack Hamill 1927
No Score Yet The Patent Leather Kid Patent Leather Kid 1927
No Score Yet Ranson's Folly Lieutenant Ranson 1926
No Score Yet Soul-Fire Eric Fane 1925
No Score Yet Shore Leave Producer "Bilge" Smith 1925
No Score Yet Bright Shawl Charles Abbott 1923
No Score Yet Tol'able David David Kinemon 1921
94% Way Down East David Bartlett 1920
95% Broken Blossoms The Yellow Man 1919
No Score Yet The Greatest Question Actor 1919


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