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John Gilbert ACTOR


John Gilbert was born on July 10th, 1899 in Logan, Utah with the birth name John Cecil Pringle.  John was born into a family already involved in show business.  His father worked as a comic with the Pringle Stock Company. 
As he grew up, his father got him involved in the industry at by 1915 he was working as an extra with Thomas H. Ince's company and soon followed this with working as a lead player within two years of being with the company.
Along with working as an actor he was also gaining experience working as a screen writer and assistant director.  Soon he was getting small parts in a number of films and those in the industry were beginning to take notice of him.  When Fox films approached him, he was offered a three year contract with them.
After earning a great amount of respect in a number of films with Fox Studio's, Gilbert was then approached by MGM studios and he chose to make the career move and sign with them.  John was now getting lead roles.  

Some of his films in the mid 20's were, "His Hour" (1924), "The Big Parade" (1925), "La Boheme" (1926), "Love" (1927), "Flesh and the Devil" (1926) and "A Woman of Affairs" (1928).  His popularity had begun to reach the level of stardom he was after, however as sound films were coming in to the new era, his voice was not so easily adaptable and it was difficult to make the transition.  on top of this, his personal life was being affected due to his alcohol addiction.  

MGM did try to help him make the transition but he was having to portray different types of characters then he was used to and after four more roles in, "Redemption" (1930), "Way for a Sailor" (1930), "Fast Workers" (1933) and his final film role in, "Queen Christina" (1933) his career came to an end.
John Gilbert married a total of four times throughout his lifetime.  His first marriage was to Olivia Burwell from 1918 through 1922.  He then married Leatrice Joy on January 4th, 1922 and they had one child together before ending their marriage on May 28th, 1925.  He then chose to marry for a third time to Ina Claire in 1929 and they had no children together before this marriage too ended in 1931.  His fourth and final time to marry was to Virginia Bruce on August 11th, 1932 and they had one child together before this marriage also did not succeed ending on May 25th, 1934.

Two years following his last divorce, Gilbert passed away on January 9th, 1936 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from heart failure.  He is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. 


1934 The Captain Hates the Sea 
1933 Queen Christina 
1933 Fast Workers 
1932 Downstairs 
1931 West of Broadway 
1931 The Phantom of Paris 
1931 Gentleman's Fate 
1930 Way for a Sailor 
1930 Redemption 
1929 His Glorious Night 
1929 Desert Nights 
1928 A Woman of Affairs 
1928 The Masks of the Devil 
1928 Four Walls 
1928 The Cossacks
1927 Love 
1927 Man, Woman and Sin 
1927 Twelve Miles Out 
1927 The Show 
1926 Flesh and the Devil 
1926 Bardelys the Magnificent 
1926 La bohème 
1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ 
1925 The Big Parade 
1925 The Merry Widow 
1924 The Wife of the Centaur 
1924 The Snob 
1924 He Who Gets Slapped 
1924 His Hour 
1924 Romance Ranch 
1924 The Lone Chance 
1924 A Man's Mate 
1924 The Wolf Man 
1924 Just Off Broadway 
1923 Cameo Kirby 
1923 The Exiles 
1923 St. Elmo 
1923 Madness of Youth 
192T ruxton King 
1923 While Paris Sleeps 
1922 A California Romance 
1922 The Love Gambler
1922 Calvert's Valley 
1922 Monte Cristo 
1922 Honor First 
1922 The Yellow Stain 
1922 Arabian Love 
1922 Gleam O'Dawn 
1921 Ladies Must Live 
1921 Shame 
1921 The Servant in the House 
1920 Deep Waters 
1920 The Great Redeemer 
1920 The White Circle 
1919 Should a Woman Tell? 
1919 Heart o' the Hills 
1919 Widow by Proxy 
1919 For a Woman's Honor 
1919 The Red Viper 
1919 A Little Brother of the Rich 
1919 The Man Beneath 
1919 The Busher 
1919 The White Heather 
1918 The Dawn of Understanding
1918 Three X Gordon 
1918 The Mask 
1918 Doing Their Bit 
1918 Wedlock 
1918 One Dollar Bid 
1918 More Trouble 
1918 Shackled 
1918 Nancy Comes Home 
1917 Up or Down? 
1917 The Devil Dodger 
1917 Golden Rule Kate 
1917 The Mother Instinct 
1917 The Hater of Men 
1917 The Millionaire Vagrant 
1917 Happiness 
1917 The Dark Road
1917 Princess of the Dark 
1917 The Bride of Hate 
1917 The Weaker Sex
1916 The Sin Ye Do 
1916 Shell 43 
1916 Eye of the Night 
1916 The Phantom 
1916 The Apostle of Vengeance 
1916 Civilization 
1916 The Aryan 
1916 Hell's Hinges 
1916 The Last Act 
1916 Bullets and Brown Eyes 
1916 The Corner 
1915 Aloha Oe 
1915 Matrimony 
1915 The Coward   

Matinee Classics - The Busher starring Charles Ray, Colleen Moore, John Gilbert, Jay Morley and Otto Hoffman
Matinee Classics - The Busher starring Charles Ray, Colleen Moore, John Gilbert, Jay Morley and Otto Hoffman
Matinee Classics - Bardelys the Magnificent starring John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Roy D'Arcy, Lionel Belmore, Emily Fitzroy, George K. Arthur, Arthur Lubin, Theodore von Eltz, Karl Dane, Edward Connelly, Fred Malatesta, John T. Murray, Joe Smith Marba, Daniel G. Tomlinson, Emile Chautard, John Wayne and Lou Costello
Matinee Classics - A Woman of Affairs starring John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Johnny Mack Brown, Douglas Fairbanks and Lewis Stone
Matinee Classics - Shackled starring Louise Glaum, Charles West, John Gilbert, Roberta Wilson, Lawson Butt, Herschel Mayall and Roy Laidlaw
Matinee Classics - The Big Parade starring John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell, Claire Adams, Robert Ober, Tom O'Brien and Karl Dane
Matinee Classics - The Big Parade starring John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell, Claire Adams, Robert Ober, Tom O'Brien and Karl Dane

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