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Barry Norton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Barry Norton (born Alfredo Carlos Birabén; June 16, 1905 – August 24, 1956) was an Argentinian-American actor. He appeared in over 90 films, starting in silent films from 1925 until his death in 1956. He is perhaps best known for his role as Juan Harker in Universal Pictures' Spanish-language version of Drácula in 1931, the English language role of Jonathan Harker originated by David Manners. 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. His acting was well received by audiences and critics at the time, and during the silent era he avoided being typecast as a Latin lover. One theater owner in Golden City, Montana said, "[Norton] has as yet to show me a bad performance. There's a boy that is a 'natural'." In the early 1930s, Norton could still get leading roles in major films. Major Hollywood studios started producing alternate-language versions of their prestige productions, and he became one of dozens of Latino actors needed. Drácula 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, he 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 Captain Calamity (El capitan Tormenta), the latter film reuniting him with Lupita Tovar, his romantic interest from Dracula. In addition to roles in Spanish-territory films, he had 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. In 1933, he secured what would be his last important role, playing Jean Parker's Spanish fiancé in Frank Capra's Lady for a Day (1933). Although he would continue to work for another 15 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.

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Jun 16, 1905 In Buenos Aires, Argentina
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Black Pirate 1926-03-08
Latest Project:
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days 1956-10-17
Known For
Poster of Around the World in Eighty Days
Poster of The Caine Mutiny
Poster of Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Poster of Ankles Preferred
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days Extra (uncredited) 1956-10-17
Movie Serenade Party Guest (uncredited) 1956-03-23
Movie The Caine Mutiny Ship's Officer (uncredited) 1954-06-23
Movie The Jazz Singer Nightclub Patron 1953-02-14
Movie Small Town Girl Party Guest 1953-04-10
Movie Trouble Along the Way Party Guest 1953-04-04
Movie Room for One More Boy Scout Ceremony Attendee (uncredited) 1952-01-10
Movie Young Man with Ideas Lawyer at Seminar (uncredited) 1952-05-02
Movie Something to Live For Man in Tweeds 1952-03-07
Movie Hollywood Story Christmas Parade Spectator (uncredited) 1951-06-01
Movie Rocketship X-M Reporter (uncredited) 1950-06-02
Movie The Gal Who Took the West Officer at Party 1949-09-01
Movie Johnny Allegro Unknown 1949-05-26
Movie An Innocent Affair Rocket Roof Patron (uncredited) 1948-10-15
Movie Twilight on the Rio Grande Rurale 1947-03-31
Movie Monsieur Verdoux Garden Party Guest (uncredited) 1947-09-26
Movie Devil Monster Robert Jackson 1946-06-29
Movie Maisie Goes to Reno Nightclub Patron (Uncredited) 1944-08-15
Movie Mission to Moscow Ball Guest (uncredited) 1943-04-29
Movie Above Suspicion German Cafe Patron (Uncredited) 1943-05-31
Movie Blue, White, and Perfect Man at Ship Dock (uncredited) 1942-01-06
Movie The Falcon Takes Over Nightclub Patron (Uncredited) 1942-05-29
Movie The Big Street Nightclub Patron (Uncredited) 1942-08-13
Movie Casablanca Gambler at Rick's (uncredited) 1942-11-26
Movie You Were Never Lovelier One of Maria's Suitors (uncredited) 1942-11-19
Movie The Lady Eve Passenger on Ship (uncredited) 1941-02-25
Movie Ziegfeld Girl Palm Beach Casino Patron (Uncredited) 1941-04-25
Movie Hold That Ghost Club Patron (uncredited) 1941-08-08
Movie Tom, Dick and Harry Bowler (uncredited) 1941-06-13
Movie The Mexican Spitfire's Baby Nightclub Patron 1941-11-28
Movie Down Argentine Way Racetrack Spectator (uncredited) 1940-10-11
Movie Dance, Girl, Dance Dissaproving Theatre Patron (uncredited) 1940-08-30
Movie Mexican Spitfire Out West Hotel Guest 1940-10-29
Movie Second Fiddle Nightclub Patron 1939-06-30
Movie Angel of Mercy President Garfield's Secretary (uncredited) 1939-05-20
Movie Should Husbands Work? Ronald McDonald 1939-07-26
Movie The Buccaneer Villere 1938-02-04
Movie Rich Relations Don Blair 1937-02-01
Movie I'll Take Romance Juan 1937-11-17
Movie Murder at Glen Athol Tom Randel 1936-02-27
Movie Captain Calamity Carr 1936-11-28
Movie Camille Emile (uncredited) 1936-12-26
Movie Woman Wanted Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1935-08-02
Movie Unknown Blonde Bob Parker 1934-04-23
Movie Grand Canary Robert Tranter 1934-07-20
Movie Imitation of Life Young Man Proposing Toast (uncredited) 1934-11-23
Movie Caravan Young Officer at Beer Garden (Uncredited) 1934-12-30
Movie Luxury Liner Prince Vladimir Gleboff 1933-02-03
Movie Cocktail Hour Prince Philippe de Longville 1933-06-05
Movie Lady for a Day Carlos 1933-09-13
Movie Only Yesterday Jerry (Uncredited) 1933-11-01
Movie Drácula Juan Harker 1931-03-11
Movie Dishonored Young Lieutenant - Firing Squad 1931-04-04
Movie Oriente es Occidente Unknown 1930-11-30
Movie 4 Devils Adolf 1928-10-03
Movie The Legion of the Condemned Byron Dashwood 1928-03-10
Movie The Red Dance Rasputin's Assassin (uncredited) 1928-12-02
Movie Sins of the Fathers Tom Spengler 1928-12-28
Movie The Heart of Salome Henri Bezanne 1927-05-08
Movie Ankles Preferred Unknown 1927-02-27
Movie A Man About Town Amos, a Centerville Clerk 1927-05-15
Movie Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans Ballroom Dancer / Kissing Couple (uncredited) 1927-11-04
Movie The Wizard Unknown 1927-11-27
Movie The Black Pirate Youth (uncredited) 1926-03-08
Movie The Lily Max de Maigny 1926-10-03