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John Gilbert
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John Gilbert in 1931
Born
John Cecil Pringle

(1897-07-10)July 10, 1897
Died January 9, 1936(1936-01-09) (aged 38)
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Nationality American
Other names Jack Gilbert
Education Hitchcock Military Academy
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • writer
Years active 1914–1934
Spouse(s)
Olivia Burwell
(m. 1918; divorce 1921)

Leatrice Joy
(m. 1922; divorce 1925)

Ina Claire
(m. 1929; divorce 1931)

Virginia Bruce
(m. 1932; divorce 1934)
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John Gilbert (born John Cecil Pringle; July 10, 1897 – January 9, 1936) was an American actor, screenwriter and director. He rose to fame during the silent film era and became a popular leading man known as "The Great Lover". His legendary breakthrough came in 1925 with his starring roles in The Merry Widow and The Big Parade. At the height of his career, Gilbert rivaled Rudolph Valentino as a box office draw.

Gilbert's career declined precipitously when silent pictures gave way to talkies. Though Gilbert was often cited as one of the high-profile examples of an actor who was unsuccessful in making the transition to sound films, his decline as a star had far more to do with studio politics and money than with the sound of his screen voice, which was rich and distinctive.

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