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Alfredo Carlos Biraben

Also Known As: "Barry Norton"
Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Death: August 24, 1956 (51)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ferderico Biraben and Marguerite Losson
Husband of xx Rider
Father of Sharon Biraben Rider
Brother of Juan Pedro Maximiliano Biraben; Federico Juan Biraben; Jorge Eduardo Biraben and Estefania Noemi Lucia Biraben

Occupation: Actor
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About Alfredo Carlos Biraben

Barry Norton (June 16, 1905 — August 24, 1956) was an Argentine-born actor in American films. He appeared in over ninety films from 1925 until the time of his death. He is perhaps best known for his role as Juan Harker in the Spanish-language version of Dracula (1931), produced by Universal Pictures.

Arriving in Hollywood in the 1920s, Norton first appeared as an extra in The Black Pirate (1926) but was soon cast in Fox Films' The Lily that same year. His big break came when he was given the role of Pvt. 'Mother's Boy' Lewisohn in What Price Glory?, which turned out to be a huge commercial success. He landed substantial roles in Legion of the Condemned and 4 Devils (both 1928), which were also very successful. Norton's acting was well received by audiences and critics at the time, and during the silent era he avoided being typecast as a latin lover. Said one theater owner in Golden City, Montana: "...Barry Norton has as yet to show me a bad performance. There's a boy that is a 'natural.'" [1] In the early 1930s, Norton could still get leading roles in major films, albeit in a roundabout way. All the major Hollywood studios started producing alternate-language versions of their prestige productions, and Norton became one of dozens of latino actors utilized by the process. Dracula was one of these films, but Norton also appeared in Spanish-language versions of Paramount on Parade (1930), The Benson Murder Case (1930), and The Criminal Code (1931). In a few cases, Norton was one of the few actors who appeared in both versions of a film. Examples include Storm Over the Andes (Spanish version: Alas sobre El Chaco), The Sea Fiend (El diablo del Mar) and George A. Hirliman's Captain Calamity (El capitan Tormenta), the latter film reuniting him with Lupita Tovar, his romantic interest from Dracula.[2] In addition to roles in Spanish-territory films, Norton had several roles in numerous major films, usually playing sophisticated Europeans. With the decline in Spanish-language film production in Los Angeles, Norton's opportunities for leading roles became less and less frequent. Though he had a pleasing voice, his Argentine accent seemed incongruous with his appearance. According to some sources, he never mastered English very well.[3] In 1933 he secured what would be his last important role, playing Jean Parker's South American fiancé in Frank Capra's Lady for a Day (1933). Although he would continue to work for another fifteen years, Norton's last credited screen role would be Should Husbands Work? (1939). For the rest of his career, Norton continued to reside in Los Angeles and obtain small roles in films. Many films he appeared in are now considered to be classics. He died of a heart attack in Hollywood in 1956. Personal life[edit] Norton was born to an affluent family in Buenos Aires in 1905. His birth name was Alfredo Carlos Birabén.[4] Norton was married to Californian Josephine Biraben (previously Josephine Byers) and had one daughter, Sharon Biraben Rider and two grandchildren Jason Rider and Coleen Rider. Both Josephine in Sharon currently reside in Whittier, California. In her autobiography Being and Becoming, actress Myrna Loy wrote that she briefly dated Norton. Other sources link him romantically with Dorothy Dare and Alice Terry. In the latter's case, they appear to have been friends rather than lovers.[5] Selected filmography[edit] The Black Pirate (1926) The Lily (1926) What Price Glory? (1926) The Canyon of Light (1926) Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Mother Knows Best (1928) Legion of the Condemned (1928) Fleetwing (1928) 4 Devils (1928) Sins of the Fathers (1928) The Exalted Flapper (1929) El cuerpo del delito (1930) Amor audaz (1930) Galas de la Paramount (1930) Oriente y occidente (1930) El código penal (1931) Dishonored (1931) Dracula (1931) El pasado acusa (1931) Luxury Liner (1933) Cocktail Hour (1933) Lady for a Day (1933) Unknown Blonde (1934) Let's Be Ritzy (1934) The World Moves On (1934) Grand Canary (1934) Imitation of Life (1934) Anna Karenina (1935) Storm Over the Andes (1935) Alas sobre El Chaco (1935) Captain Calamity (1936) El capitan Tormenta (1936) Camille (1936) The Sea Fiend (1936) El diablo del Mar (1936) Marihuana (1936) Camille (1936 film) History Is Made at Night (1937) Hollywood Hotel (1937) The Buccaneer (1938) El trovador de la radio (1938) Second Fiddle (1939) Should Husbands Work? (1939) Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) One Night in the Tropics (1940) Casablanca (1942) Above Suspicion (1943) Zombies on Broadway (1945) The Razor's Edge (1946) Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) Monsieur Verdoux (1947) Angel on the Amazon (1948) What Price Glory? (1952) Yankee Pasha (1954) The Caine Mutiny (1954) A Star Is Born (1954) So This Is Paris (1955) Ain't Misbehavin' (1955) To Catch a Thief (1955) It's Always Fair Weather (1955) The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) The She-Creature (1956) Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Runaway Daughters (1956) Mister Cory (1957)

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June 16, 1905
Buenos Aires, Argentina
August 24, 1956
Age 51
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States