Richard Barthelmess

Richard Barthelmess

Highest Rated: 100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Lowest Rated: 75% Heroes for Sale (1933)

Birthday: May 09, 1895

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

One of the bright lights of the silent era, Richard Barthelmess began in supporting roles and gradually worked his way up to lead parts. He hit the big time with D.W. Griffith's hit film "Broken Blossoms or the Yellow Man and the Girl" (1919), in which he gave a compelling performance as a Chinese man in love with a Caucasian woman (Lillian Gish). The following year, he reunited with Griffith and Gish for "Way Down East" (1920), the highlight of which featured Barthelmess risking his life for real by jumping from one unsteady ice floe to another in the midst of a winter storm. The New York native continued his string of successes with pictures like "Tol'able David" (1921) and was one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Although he made the transition to talkies, his popularity eventually began to wane. After three years away from acting, Howard Hawks convinced him to return in "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939) and Barthelmess gave a strong turn. Largely forgotten in later years, Barthelmess deserved the notoriety he gained at the height of his career and was also worthy of later celebration beyond the core of silent film enthusiasts who helped keep his memory alive.

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No Score Yet 49% The Spoilers Bronco Kid Farrow (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Talked Too Much J.B. Roscoe (Character) - 1940
100% 82% Only Angels Have Wings Barthelmess (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spy of Napoleon Gerard de Lanoy (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 40% Four Hours to Kill Tony Mako (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Midnight Alibi Lance McGowan/Robert Anders (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Massacre Chief Joe Thunderhorse (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Modern Hero Pierre Radier/Paul Rader (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Central Airport James `'Jim'` Blaine (Character) - 1933
75% 66% Heroes for Sale Thomas "Tom" Holmes (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 67% Cabin in the Cotton Marvin Blake (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias the Doctor Karl Brenner (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Flight Cary Lockwood (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Finger Points Breckenridge `'Breck'` Lee (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 72% Flight Commander Dick Courtney (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lash Francisco Delfino "Pancho" (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 60% Son of the Gods Sam Lee (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drag David Carroll (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 50% Weary River Jerry Larrabee (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Noose Nickie Elkins (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drop Kick Jack Hamill (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Patent Leather Kid Patent Leather Kid (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shore Leave D.X. (Bilge) Smith (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul-Fire Eric Fane (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Enchanted Cottage Unknown (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bright Shawl Unknown (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Seventh Day John Alden Jr. (Character) - 1922
No Score Yet 73% Tol'able David David Kinemon (Character) - 1921
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Idol Dancer Dan McGuire (Character) - 1920
95% 69% Way Down East David Bartlett (Character) - 1920
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Flower Bruce Sanders (Character) - 1920
95% 71% Broken Blossoms The Yellow Nan (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scarlet Days Don Maria Alvarez (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rich Man, Poor Man Bayard Varick (Character) - 1918

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