Saturday, May 9, 2020

Richard Barthelmess, 125 -- May 9, 2020
Actor Richard Barthelmess was born 125 years ago today, on 09-May-1895. He played leads opposite Lillian Gish in two movies directed by DW Griffith, Broken Blossoms and Way Down East.  Barthelmess joined with Charles Duell and director Henry King to form the Inspiration Picture Company.  Their first production was Tol'able David, which became a huge hit.  After the talkies started, he dropped from the lead in the original Dawn Patrol to smaller parts. 

He served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II.  He left the film business after the war. 

Photoplay, June, 1925

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