George Barbier (actor)

George W. Barbier (November 19, 1864 – July 19, 1945) was an American stage and film actor who appeared in 88 films.

George Barbier
George Barbier in 1937
Born(1864-11-19)November 19, 1864
DiedJuly 19, 1945(1945-07-19) (aged 80)
NationalityUnited States
Years active19001945
Spouse(s)Caroline Thatcher

Early life and education

Barbier was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He entered the Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland, Pennsylvania to study for the ministry but gave it up to go on the stage.


Barbier 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,[1] The Front Page and The Man Who Came Back.

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 life

Barbier married Caroline "Carrie" Thatcher (June 1868, Pennsylvania June 8, 1939), a stage actress; theirs was reportedly "one of the most successful marriages in Hollywood."[2]

Barbier was originally interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California but was disinterred and reburied in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Complete filmography


  1. "GEORGE BARBIER, ACTOR DIES AT 80; Stage and Screen Veteran Had Lead Role Here in Frohman's 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Studied for the Ministry Motion-Picture Parts Listed". New York Times. July 21, 1945. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. Scott, Tony (2001). The Stars of Hollywood Forever. p. 19. ISBN 9781312916975.
  3. Eyman, Scott (2000). Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 168. ISBN 0-8018-6558-1. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. Nott, Robert (2004). The Films of Randolph Scott. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7864-3759-7. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. Reid, John Howard (2013). History in Movies Hollywood Style. Lulu. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-304-05602-3. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. Vogel, Frederick G. (2003). Hollywood Musicals Nominated for Best Picture, 1929 through 1995. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7864-4342-0. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
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