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      Richard Barthelmess

      Richard Barthelmess

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

      Lowest Rated: 57% Experience (1921)

      Birthday: May 9, 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.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Only Angels Have Wings
      100% Flight Commander
      96% Way Down East
      95% Broken Blossoms
      75% Heroes for Sale
      57% Experience

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      THE FIGHTING BLADE, Richard Barthelmess, 1923 THE LAST FLIGHT, Richard Barthelmess, 1931 THE NOOSE, Richard Barthelmess, 1928 THE FINGER POINTS, Richard Barthelmess, 1931. THE FINGER POINTS, Richard Barthelmess, 1931 THE LOVE FLOWER, Richard Barthelmess, 1920 BROKEN BLOSSOMS, Richard Barthelmess, 1919 MASSACRE, Richard Barthelmess, 1934 THE LAST FLIGHT, Helen Chandler, (in a gown by Earl Luick), Richard Barthelmess, 1931 THE LAST FLIGHT, Richard Barthelmess, Helen Chandler, 1931 THE DAWN PATROL, Neil Hamilton, Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 1930 CABIN IN THE COTTON, Bette Davis, Richard Barthelmess, 1932 WHEEL OF CHANCE, Richard Barthelmess, 1928 CLASSMATES, Madge Evans, Richard Barthelmess, 1924 WHEEL OF CHANCE, Richard Barthelmess, 1928 JUST SUPPOSE, Richard Barthelmess, Lois Moran, 1926 SON OF THE GODS, Richard Barthelmess, 1930 SON OF THE GODS, left: Richard Barthelmess, 1930 SON OF THE GODS, Richard Barthelmess, 1930 EXPERIENCE, from left: Kate Bruce, Richard Barthelmess, 1921

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 47% 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% 69% Heroes for Sale Thomas "Tom" Holmes (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias the Doctor Karl Brenner (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 66% Cabin in the Cotton Marvin Blake (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 60% The Last Flight Cary Lockwood (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Finger Points Breckenridge `'Breck'` Lee (Character) - 1931
      100% 69% Flight Commander Dick Courtney (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet 62% Son of the Gods Sam Lee (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lash Francisco Delfino "Pancho" (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet 44% Weary River Jerry Larrabee (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Drag David Carroll (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Noose Nickie Elkins (Character) - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scarlet Seas Steven Dunkin (Character) - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drop Kick Jack Hamill (Character) - 1927
      No Score Yet 25% 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 72% Tol'able David David Kinemon (Character) - 1921
      57% No Score Yet Experience Unknown (Character) - 1921
      96% 70% Way Down East David Bartlett (Character) - 1920
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Flower Bruce Sanders (Character) - 1920
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Idol Dancer Dan McGuire (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 Three Men and a Girl Christopher Kent (Character) - 1919
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hope Chest Tom Ballantyne (Character) - 1918
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rich Man, Poor Man Bayard Varick (Character) - 1918