John Gilbert

Biography

John Gilbert (July 10, 1899 – January 9, 1936) was an American actor and a major star of the silent film era. Known as "the great lover", he rivaled even Rudolph Valentino as a box office draw. Though he was often cited as one of the high profile examples of an actor who was unsuccessful in making the transition to talkies, his decline as a star in fact had to do with studio politics and money and not the sound of his screen voice.[1] According to the actress Eleanor Boardman and others, a fight between Louis B. Mayer and Gilbert erupted at what was to be his marriage to Greta Garbo, for which she failed to turn up, when Mayer made a snide remark. Gilbert promptly knocked his boss down, for which Mayer swore he'd get even. Gilbert's daughter has alleged that Mayer then proceeded to sabotage the recording of his voice by increasing the treble; giving direction of his films to an inexperienced director who was on narcotic pain medication; refusing him good scripts, such as 1930's The Dawn Patrol which directors wanted to star him in; and editing his projects to ruin his films.

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Queen Christina

Antonio

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Flesh and the Devil

Leo von Harden

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The Big Parade

James Apperson

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The Moment After II: The Awakening

Peter McCullum

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To Leslie

Warren

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Downstairs

Karl Schneider

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HE Who Gets Slapped

Bezano

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The Merry Widow

Prince Danilo Petrovich

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The Show

Cock Robin

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Love

Vronsky

Starring In
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There Are No Saints

Bobby

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To Leslie

Warren

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40-Love

J.G.

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Secret Santa

Leonard

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Slamma Jamma

Dr. Bill Steward

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In Dubious Battle

Masked Man #2

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Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man

Self

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Tequila la Historia de una Pasión

Adams

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Drive Thru

Jack Benjamin

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The Wager

Detective

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Unidentified

Frank

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The Moment After II: The Awakening

Peter McCullum

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Redwall - Friends and Foes (Vol. 2)

John Churchmouse (unknown episodes)

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Stephen Hawking and the Theory of Everything

Dr. Woodford

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Six: The Mark Unleashed

Commander

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The Glow

Victor

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Avenging Angelo

Whitney Towers

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Farewell to Harry

Belov

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Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Feast Of All Saints

Magloire Dazincourt

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The Moment After

Peter McCollum

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Burial of the Rats

Additional Soldier

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Scelte del Cuore

Utermeyer

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By Way of the Stars

Captain Hébert

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The Adjuster

The Doctor

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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Fat Sniper

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Lonesome Dove

(3 episodes, 1994)

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War of the Worlds - The Complete First Season

Sensky / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1990)

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Rabid

Dr. Royce Gentry

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The Love Goddesses

Himself (archive footage)

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M-G-M’s The Big Parade of Comedy

Actor Arriving at MGM (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The March Hare

Connor

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Queen Christina

Antonio

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Downstairs

Karl Schneider

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The Phantom of Paris

Chéri-Bibi

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Gentleman's Fate

Giacomo Tomasulo aka Jack Thomas

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The Hollywood Revue of 1929

John Gilbert / Romeo

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Show People

John Gilbert (uncredited)

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A Woman of Affairs

Neville Holderness

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The Cossacks

Lukashka

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Love

Vronsky

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The Show

Cock Robin

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Flesh and the Devil

Leo von Harden

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Bardelys the Magnificent

Bardelys

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The Merry Widow

Prince Danilo Petrovich

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Crowd Extra in Chariot Race (uncredited)

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The Big Parade

James Apperson

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HE Who Gets Slapped

Bezano

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Heart o' the Hills

Gray Pendleton (as Jack Gilbert)

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The Coward

A Young Virginian (uncredited)

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Civilization

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