John Sidney

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Sidney Blyth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1882 to Maurice and Georgie. The family was constantly on the move, he attended no less than four schools. That didn’t help as he was expelled in 1891 when he was sent to the Seton Hall Preparatory School in New Jersey. From what I’ve read he had a real problem with discipline.

In 1895, he entered Georgetown Preparatory School but was expelled two years later. He travelled to England in 1898 where he joined King’s College School, Wimbledon. He moved back to New York in 1900, finding work as an illustrator on The New York Evening Journal for $50.00 per week.

He worked on stage in minor roles before hitting it big in the movies. If you haven’t guessed who John is by now, I know you’ll know him by his stage name of John Barrymore. He had a life- long issue with alcohol which caused his early death. He died in 1941 at 60.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray drinking's a killer ..... that's much too young to pass away....

Mar 23, 2019 02:58 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - I didn't know a lot of John Barrymore's early life but reading of those discipline issues and expulsions made me think the person was going to be from the creative side of the world. Obviously school bored him and he needed other outlets to express himself.

Mar 23, 2019 03:25 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I did know that John Barrymore had come from Philadelphia but I didn't know the rest of the story.

Mar 23, 2019 03:52 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. What a story and so very incredible. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 23, 2019 04:50 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Another tidbit of information I didn't know. John Barrymore's life is similar to others I read about. Drinking is a killer and leads to an early demise.

Mar 23, 2019 05:23 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

So sad of the ending he sure could have gone on for a long time in his profession.

Mar 23, 2019 05:43 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John did it his way, not necessarily the right way! Enjoy your day!

Mar 23, 2019 06:28 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I saw Wimbledon mentioned and thought it might be about tennis, but I guess there is more than tennis in the world?

Mar 23, 2019 06:41 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- well I totally had no clue about that one!!! Hope it's warming up for you soon for golf. 

Mar 23, 2019 08:50 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Thank you for the story about John Barrymore which is an iconic name in Hollywood James Dray 

Mar 23, 2019 09:44 AM #10
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

There's been a lot of alcohol related posts this week on AR. None were happy either.

Mar 23, 2019 09:51 AM #11
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

We do produce some very famous people here in Philly James Dray but I was not aware of John Barrymore 

Mar 23, 2019 11:32 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Barrymore had a distinguished family of actors, including Drew Barrymore who is still acting these days. A

Mar 23, 2019 12:27 PM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing John Barrymore's story.  It is sad to see how self distructive some people are when it comes to discipline.

Mar 23, 2019 09:39 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow, what a great compressed Bio of John Barrymore, I find that many in the entertainment industry have issues, especially the ones that are really fantastic artists, Endre

Mar 23, 2019 11:33 PM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He was a bit before my time James Dray .

Mar 24, 2019 07:09 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I can still watch Grand Hotel and of course movies with the whole clan.

Mar 25, 2019 07:09 AM #17
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