Richard Barthelmess

Richard Barthelmess
Elmer Fryer / Warner Brothers and First National Pictures


Richard Barthelmess
Film: North side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born May 9, 1895 in New York, NY
Died Aug. 18, 1963 in Southampton, NY

Lillian Gish once described Richard Barthelmess as having "the most beautiful face of any man who ever went before the camera." Besides being breathtakingly handsome, Barthelmess was a subtle, sensitive actor. He first made his mark in D.W. Griffith's "Broken Blossoms" as the Yellow Man.

One of his most popular films was the 1921 melodrama "Tol'able David," directed by Henry King. Barthelmess turns on the charm as a young, naive country lad who finally gets to prove his mettle when he takes on three thugs who killed his older brother and caused the death of his beloved pa. Kino's edition is digitally mastered from an original nitrate 35mm print and features an interview with King from 1977.

One of the most popular actors of the 1920s, Barthelmess continued to work in talkies, but by then his star had dimmed. He retired from films in 1942.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1927 Best Actor The Noose Nomination
    1927 Best Actor The Patent Leather Kid Nomination

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