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George W. Barbier (November 19, 1864 – July 19, 1945) was an American film and stage actor.

George Barbier
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George Barbier in 1937
Born (1866-11-19)November 19, 1866
Philadelphia, PA, U.S.
Died July 19, 1945(1945-07-19) (aged 78)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Nationality United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1900-1945
Spouse(s) Caroline Thatcher



George Barbier, Willard Robertson, Claude Cooper, Allen Jenkins and William Foran in the original Broadway production of The Front Page (1928)

Barbier entered the Crozer Theological Seminary to study for the ministry but gave it up to go on the stage. He began his career in light opera and spent several years in repertory and stock companies. He eventually played on Broadway, where he appeared in seven productions between 1922 and 1930, among them The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Man Who Came Back.[citation needed]

He signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1929 and later worked as a character actor for most of the major studios. His first film was The Big Pond (1930). The weighty, white-haired Barbier often played pompous, but mostly kind-hearted businessmen or patriarchs in supporting roles. George Barbier appeared in 88 films until his death in 1945.

Personal lifeEdit

He married Caroline "Carrie" Thatcher (June 1868, Pennsylvania – June 8, 1939), a stage actress; theirs was reportedly "one of the most successful marriages in Hollywood."[1]

Complete filmographyEdit

George Barbier with Harold Lloyd in The Milky Way


  1. ^ Scott, Tony (2001). The Stars of Hollywood Forever. p. 19. ISBN 9781312916975. 

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