Richard Barthelmess

1895 - 1963

The actor Richard Barthelmess came in touch with the theater at a very young age because his mother was also an actress. Therefore Richard Barthelmess made his first experiences at the theater too.
After afirst cinematical work for "Gloria's Romance" (16) he was engaged by the actress and friend of her mother Alla Nazimova for a role in the movie "War Brides" (16). From now he dedicate to the film business.
Richard Barthelmess took part in movies like "Snow White" (16), "The Moral Code" (17), "The Eternal Sin" (17), "The Streets of Illusion" (17), "Camille" (17), "The Seven Swans" (17), "Rich Man, Poor Man" (18) and "Wild Primrose" (18) in the next years.

In1919 he was signed on by D.W. Griffith and he got the leading role in "Broken Blossoms" (19) at Lillian Gish's side - the movie is regarded as a classic today. With this role he finally became a star.

In the 20's he was convincing with movies like "Way Down East" (20), "Tol'able David" (21), "Fury" (23), "Classmates" (24), "The White Black Sheep" (26), "The Patent Leader Kid" (27) and "The Noose" (28). For the two last-mentioned movies he was nominated for the Oscar.

But with the rise of the talkies came the end of his career into view. It is true that he was able to appear in some great movies at the beginning of the 30's but his roles became constantly smaller.
To his last movies of the 30's belong "Son of the Gods" (30), "The Dawn Patrol" (30), "The Cabin in the Cotton" (32), "Massacre" (34), "Midnight Alibi" (34), "Spy of Napoleon" (36) and "Only Angels Have Wings" (39).
With the productions "The Man Who Talked Too Much" (40), "The Spoilers" (42) and "The Mayor of 44th Street" (42) he said goodbye to the silver screen.

In 1942 he volunteered forthe army and served in World War II. After the end of the war he retired in Long Island, New York.

Richard Barthelmess was one of 36 foundation members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). In 1921 he also founded his own production company "Inspiration Film Company".
He was among others married with actress Mary Hay.

Other movies with Richard Barthelmess:
Just a Song at Twilight (16) The Valentine Girl (17) The Soul of a Magdalen (17) Bab's Diary (17) Bab's Burglar (17) Nearly Married (17) For Valour (17) Sunshine Nan (18) Hit-the-Trail Holliday (18) The Hope Chest (18) Boots (19) The Girl Who Stayed at Home (19) Three Men and a Girl (19) Peppy Polly (19) I'll Get Him Yet (19) Scarlet Days (19) The Love Flower (20) The Idol Dancer (20) Experience (21) The Seventh Day (22) Sony (22) The Bond Boy (22) The Bright Shawl (23) The Fighting Blade (23) Twenty-One (23) The Enchanted Cottage (24) New Toys (25) Soul-fire (25) Shore Leave (25) The Beautiful City (25) Camille (26) Just Suppose (26) Ranson's Folly (26) The Amateur Gentleman (26) The Drop Kick (27) The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (28) Wheel of Chance (28) Out of the Ruins (28) Scarlet Seas (28) Weary River (29) Young Nowheres (29) Drag (29) The Show of Shows (29) The Lash (30) The Finger Points (31) The Last Flight (31) Alias the Doctor (32) Central Airport (33) Heroes for Sale (33) A Modern Hero (34) Four Hours to Kill! (35)

New Toys (25) Soul-Fire (25)