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John Drew Barrymore, born John Blyth Barrymore, Jr. (June 4, 1932 – November 29, 2004), was a member of the Barrymore family of actors which included his father, John Barrymore, and his father`s siblings, Lionel and Ethel. He was the father of four children, including John Blyth Barrymore and Drew Barrymore.
Barrymore was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother was actress Dolores Costello, who was of Irish descent. His parents divorced when John was around 3 years old in 1935, but he claimed (probably falsely) to have met his father only once. John and his cousin, Dirk Drew Davenport, enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. Owing to their physical appearance, the military did not discover until several weeks later that the boys were under age. John ran away at age 17 and signed a film contract, but he repeatedly abandoned leading roles and had no major film career.
In 1958, he changed his name to John Drew Barrymore and had a brief resurgence in Italian movies, appearing in several leading roles. However, his social behavior obstructed any professional progress. In the 1960s, he was occasionally incarcerated for drug activity, public drunkenness, and spousal abuse.
In 1966, John Drew accepted a major guest role as Lazarus in the Star Trek episode "The Alternative Factor". He failed to show up (and was ultimately replaced at the last minute by actor Robert Brown), resulting in SAG suspending Barrymore for six months.
Although he continued to appear occasionally on screen, he became more and more reclusive. Suffering from the same problems which had destroyed his father, John Drew became a derelict. Estranged from his family, including his children, his lifestyle continued to worsen and his physical and mental health suffered. In 2003, his daughter, Drew Barrymore, moved him near her home despite their estrangement, paying his medical bills until his death from cancer. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to television.
He married four times, each marriage producing one child, and all four marriages ended in divorce:
Cara Williams: married 1952, divorced 1959; son John Blyth Barrymore
Gabriella Palazzoli: married October 11, 1960, divorced 19??; daughter Blyth Dolores Barrymore
Ildiko Jaid Mako: married 19??, divorced 19??; daughter Drew Barrymore
Nina Wayne: married 19??, divorced 19??; daughter Brahma (Jessica) Blyth Barrymore
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John Sidney Blyth Barrymore Jr
John Barrymore (Actor)
Dolores Costello (Actress)
Diana Barrymore (step sister) (Actress, daughter of John Barrymore and Blanche Oelrichs)
Maurice Barrymore (grandfather) (Patriarch of the Barrymores, actor), Maurice Costello (grandfather) (Actor. Dolores Costello dad), Georgiana Drew (grandmother) (Mother of John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, actress), Mae Costello (grandmother) (Actress. Dolores Costello mum)
John Drew Barrymore (born John Blyth Barrymore; June 4, 1932 â€“ November 29, 2004) was a film actor and member of the Barrymore family of actors, which included his father, John Barrymore, and his father's siblings, Lionel and Ethel. He was the father of four children, including John Blyth Barrymore and actress Drew Barrymore. Diana Barrymore was his half-sister from his father's second marriage.
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