Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore (born April 28, 1878, died November 15, 1954), original name: Lionel Blythe, was an American actor of stage, radio and film, elder brother of Ethel and John Barrymore. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died in Van Nuys, California.
He played the irascible Doctor Gillespie in a series of Doctor Kildare and Doctor Gillespie movies in the 1930s and 1940s. Years later, after breaking his hip twice, he was confined to a wheelchair, but still acted. He is perhaps currently best known as Mr. Potter, the miserly banker, in It's a Wonderful Life, 1946.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street.
See also: Barrymore family