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John Blyth Barrymore

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Death: November 29, 2004 (72)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Riverside County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sidney Barrymore and Dolores Barrymore
Ex-husband of Cara Williams; Gabriella Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (Mako)
Father of <private> Barrymore; <private> Barrymore; Jessica Brahma Blyth Barrymore and Drew Barrymore
Brother of Dolores Ethel Mae Barrymore and Diana Barrymore
Half brother of Geme Barrymore and Diana Barrymore

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About John Drew Barrymore

John Drew Barrymore, was born as John Blyth Barrymore, Jr. (June 4, 1929 in Beverly Hills, California – November 29, 2004 in Los Angeles) was a member of The Barrymore family of actors that included his father, John Barrymore, and his father's siblings, Lionel and Ethel. He was the father of 4 children, including John Blyth Barrymore and Drew Barrymore.

His mother was Dolores Costello. His parents divorced when John was around 6 years old in 1935, but he claimed (most likely fallaciously) to have met his father only once.

John and his cousin, Dirk Drew Davenport, enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. Due to their physical appearance, the military did not discover until several weeks later that the boys were underage. John ran away at age 17 and signed a film contract, but he repeatedly abandoned leading roles and had no major film career.

In 1958, he changed his name to John Drew Barrymore and had a brief resurgence in film, appearing in several leading roles. However, his social behavior obstructed any professional progress. In the 1960s, he was occasionally incarcerated due to drug activity, public drunkenness, and spousal abuse.

He married four times, each marriage produced one child, and all four marriages ended in divorce:

  1. Cara Williams: married 1952, divorced 1959; son John Blyth Barrymore
  2. Gabriella Palazzoli: married October 11, 1960, divorced 19??; daughter Blyth Dolores Barrymore
  3. Ildiko Jaid Mako: married 19??, divorced 1977; daughter Drew Barrymore
  4. Nina Wayne: married 19??, divorced 19??; daughter Jessica Barrymore

In the late 1960s, John Drew accepted a major guest role as Lazarus in the Star Trek episode "The Alternative Factor". He failed to show up (and was ultimately replaced at the last minute by actor Robert Brown), resulting in SAG suspending Barrymore for six months.

Although he continued to appear occasionally onscreen, he became more and more reclusive. Suffering from the same problems which had destroyed his father, John Drew became a derelict. Estranged from his family, including his children, his lifestyle continued to worsen and his physical and mental health suffered. In 2003, Drew moved him near her home despite their estrangement, paying his medical bills until his death from cancer.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to television.

Memory from his son John Jr.:

"My father died on November 29, 2004, we had a wake for him sometime around the middle of December and on December 21, 2004 we (pretty much just the family and a few very close friends) scattered his ashes inside the Joshua Tree monument. He would never talk about what arrangements he wanted once he knew he was dying but he talked about it incessantly before he knew he was dying.

He wanted me to just take his body out there and leave it for the critters but it's hard to get a permit for that kind of thing so scattering his ashes out there was the closest I could reasonably get.

Bake & shake, no grave, no monument, that's how he wanted it (me too for that matter)."

Died Los Angeles California Ashes scatter Joshua Tree National Park in San Bernadino / Riverside County California,

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John Drew Barrymore's Timeline

June 4, 1932
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA
July 31, 1966
Age 34
February 22, 1975
Age 42
Culver City, CA, USA
November 29, 2004
Age 72
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States