Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blyth (c.1849 - c.1905) MP

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Birthplace: West Bengal, India
Death: Died in Amityville, NY, USA
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About Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blyth

Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blyth (September 21, 1849 in Amritsar, Punjab, India - March 26, 1905 in Amityville, New York) was the patriarch of the Barrymore acting family.

He was educated at Harrow School, England and studied Law at Oxford University. On March 21, 1872 he won the middleweight boxing championship of England. His father expected him to become a barrister, but Herbert fell in with a group of actors, which scandalized the elder Blyth. In order to spare his father the "shame" of having a son in such a "dissolute" vocation, he took the stage name Maurice Barrymore, inspired by a conversation he had with fellow actor Charles Vandenhoff about William Barrymore, an early 19th-Century English thespian after seeing a poster depicting Barrymore in the Haymarket Theatre. He wanted his first name to be pronounced in the French manner (môr-Ä'S) instead of the English (MÃ"R-is). His friends avoided that altogether by simply calling him "Barry". On December 29, 1874 he boarded the SS America for Boston, and joined Augustin Daly's troupe making his debut in Under the Gaslight.

He made his Broadway debut in December 1875 in Pique; in the cast was a young actress, Georgiana Drew. They married on December 31, 1876, and had three children: Lionel, Ethel, and John. Exactly one year after her death from consumption, he re-married.

On March 19, 1879, in Marshall, Texas, he and fellow actor Ben Porter were shot by Texas and Pacific engineer Jim Currie (who shared a cell with the accused killer of Diamond Bessie). Porter was killed; doctors spent the night operating on Barrymore to save his life. He made a full recovery, and returned to Marshall for the legal maneuverings that followed. Currie's brother was mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana and apparently used his influence to secure a not guilty verdict (after a 10 minute deliberation). An enraged Barrymore vowed never to return to Texas. [1]

He played opposite many other stars of the time including Minnie Maddern Fiske and Lillie Langtry. According to a 2004 A&E Biography piece, after the Ben Porter tragedy, Maurice asked Georgie to tour with him and Helena Modjeska in a play he had written. Georgie and the children had converted to Roman Catholicism under Helena's influence. Learning that he and Helena had resumed their romance, Georgie, who had been given ownership the play by Maurice, forced his hand by closing it. Helena's husband, its producer, sued her. The real reason for Georgie's actions never got into the press. However, Maurice's many dalliances did make the tabloids.

He eventually became infected with syphilis. The March 25 1905 New York Times reported: "He was playing a vaudeville engagement at a Harlem theatre when he suddenly dropped his lines and began to rave. The following day he became violent and was taken to Bellevue insane ward by his son John." He died in his sleep, and was buried by Ethel at Glenwood Cemetery in Philadelphia.

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Herbert Blyth (aka, Maurice Barrymore)'s Timeline

1849
September 21, 1849
West Bengal, India
1878
April 12, 1878
Age 28
1879
August 15, 1879
Age 29
1882
February 15, 1882
Age 32
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1905
March 25, 1905
Age 55
Amityville, NY, USA
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