Barry Norton

Barry Norton

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1905-06-16
Deathday: 1956-08-24 (51 years old)

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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.

Filmography

All 98

Movies 97

TV Shows 1

Self 1

Extra (uncredited)
Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

Movie
4.67
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Written on the Wind

Written on the Wind (1956)

Movie
Party Guest (uncredited)
Serenade

Serenade (1956)

Movie
Frenchman (uncredited)
To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief (1955)

Movie
5
Carousel Club Diner (uncredited)
White Christmas

White Christmas (1954)

Movie
10
Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born (1954)

Movie
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Movie
4.33
Diner / Party Guest (uncredited)
Lucky Me

Lucky Me (1954)

Movie
Plane Passenger (uncredited)
How to Marry a Millionaire

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Movie
1
Party Guest
Small Town Girl

Small Town Girl (1953)

Movie
Party Guest
Trouble Along the Way

Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Movie
Nightclub Patron
The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer (1953)

Movie
Man in Audience / Backstage Guest (uncredited)
Four Star Playhouse

Four Star Playhouse (1952)

TV Show
Lawyer at Seminar (uncredited)
Young Man with Ideas

Young Man with Ideas (1952)

Movie
Man in Tweeds (uncredited)
Something to Live For

Something to Live For (1952)

Movie
Boy Scout Ceremony Attendee (uncredited)
Room for One More

Room for One More (1952)

Movie
The Strange Door

The Strange Door (1951)

Movie
4
Christmas Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Hollywood Story

Hollywood Story (1951)

Movie
Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Mister 880

Mister 880 (1950)

Movie
Reporter (uncredited)
Rocketship X-M

Rocketship X-M (1950)

Movie
4
Man at Train Station / Café Guest (uncredited)
Young Man with a Horn

Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Movie
Country Club Patron (uncredited)
No Man of Her Own

No Man of Her Own (1950)

Movie
Del Rio Club Patron (uncredited)
East Side, West Side

East Side, West Side (1949)

Movie
6
Johnny Allegro

Johnny Allegro (1949)

Movie
Rocket Roof Patron (uncredited)
An Innocent Affair

An Innocent Affair (1948)

Movie
Man at Van Barth's (uncredited)
The Big Clock

The Big Clock (1948)

Movie
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Monsieur Verdoux

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Movie
1
Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Variety Girl

Variety Girl (1947)

Movie
Rurale
Twilight on the Rio Grande

Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947)

Movie
Robert Jackson
Devil Monster

Devil Monster (1946)

Movie
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Without Reservations

Without Reservations (1946)

Movie
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Christmas in Connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Movie
3
Nightclub Patron (Uncredited)
Maisie Goes to Reno

Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)

Movie
German Cafe Patron (Uncredited)
Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion (1943)

Movie
Ball Guest (uncredited)
Mission to Moscow

Mission to Moscow (1943)

Movie
Keeper of the Flame

Keeper of the Flame (1943)

Movie
Gambler at Rick's (uncredited)
Casablanca

Casablanca (1943)

Movie
6.75
One of Maria's Suitors (uncredited)
You Were Never Lovelier

You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Movie
Nightclub Patron (Uncredited)
The Big Street

The Big Street (1942)

Movie
Nightclub Patron (Uncredited)
The Falcon Takes Over

The Falcon Takes Over (1942)

Movie
3.33
Man at Ship Dock (uncredited)
Blue, White, and Perfect

Blue, White, and Perfect (1942)

Movie
Party Guest (uncredited)
Hellzapoppin'

Hellzapoppin' (1941)

Movie
Nightclub Patron
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby

The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941)

Movie
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls (1941)

Movie
Club Patron (uncredited)
Hold That Ghost

Hold That Ghost (1941)

Movie
Bowler (uncredited)
Tom, Dick and Harry

Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)

Movie
4
Palm Beach Casino Patron (Uncredited)
Ziegfeld Girl

Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

Movie
Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve (1941)

Movie
4.5
Hotel Guest
Mexican Spitfire Out West

Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)

Movie
Co-Worker in Office (uncredited)
Christmas in July

Christmas in July (1940)

Movie
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Down Argentine Way

Down Argentine Way (1940)

Movie
Dissaproving Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Dance, Girl, Dance

Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Movie
Ronald McDonald
Should Husbands Work?

Should Husbands Work? (1939)

Movie
Nightclub Patron
Second Fiddle

Second Fiddle (1939)

Movie
President Garfield's Secretary (uncredited)
Angel of Mercy

Angel of Mercy (1939)

Movie
Villere
The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer (1938)

Movie
Juan
I'll Take Romance

I'll Take Romance (1937)

Movie
Don Blair
Rich Relations

Rich Relations (1937)

Movie
Emile (uncredited)
Camille

Camille (1936)

Movie
Carr
Captain Calamity

Captain Calamity (1936)

Movie
Carlos
Marihuana El Monstruo Verde

Marihuana El Monstruo Verde (1936)

Movie
Roberto
The Sea Fiend

The Sea Fiend (1936)

Movie
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
The Great Ziegfeld

The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Movie
Tom Randel
Murder at Glen Athol

Murder at Glen Athol (1936)

Movie
Agente de prensa
Así es la mujer

Así es la mujer (1936)

Movie
Roberto
The Devil of the Sea

The Devil of the Sea (1935)

Movie
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Woman Wanted

Woman Wanted (1935)

Movie
Diaz
Storm Over the Andes

Storm Over the Andes (1935)

Movie
Young Officer at Beer Garden (Uncredited)
Caravan

Caravan (1934)

Movie
Young Man Proposing Toast (uncredited)
Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life (1934)

Movie
Robert Tranter
Grand Canary

Grand Canary (1934)

Movie
Jacques Girard (1924)
The World Moves On

The World Moves On (1934)

Movie
Bob Parker
Unknown Blonde

Unknown Blonde (1934)

Movie
Jerry (Uncredited)
Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday (1933)

Movie
Carlos
Lady for a Day

Lady for a Day (1933)

Movie
Prince Philippe de Longville
Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour (1933)

Movie
Prince Vladimir Gleboff
Luxury Liner

Luxury Liner (1933)

Movie
Young Lieutenant - Firing Squad
Dishonored

Dishonored (1931)

Movie
Juan Harker
Drácula

Drácula (1931)

Movie
5.15
Billy Benson
East is West

East is West (1930)

Movie
Enrique Loder
Curmudgeon

Curmudgeon (1930)

Movie
Self - Master of Ceremonies
Galas de la Paramount

Galas de la Paramount (1930)

Movie
Sandy Carlton
Bold Love

Bold Love (1930)

Movie
Tom Spengler
Sins of the Fathers

Sins of the Fathers (1928)

Movie
Rasputin's Assassin (uncredited)
The Red Dance

The Red Dance (1928)

Movie
Young Composer
Mother Knows Best

Mother Knows Best (1928)

Movie
Adolf
4 Devils

4 Devils (1928)

Movie
Jaafor
Fleetwing

Fleetwing (1928)

Movie
Byron Dashwood
The Legion of the Condemned

The Legion of the Condemned (1928)

Movie
Reginald Van Lear
The Wizard

The Wizard (1927)

Movie
Ballroom Dancer / Kissing Couple (uncredited)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

Movie
4.63
Amos, a Centerville Clerk
A Man About Town

A Man About Town (1927)

Movie
Henri Bezanne
The Heart of Salome

The Heart of Salome (1927)

Movie
Jimmy
Ankles Preferred

Ankles Preferred (1927)

Movie
Ricardo Deane
The Canyon of Light

The Canyon of Light (1926)

Movie
Pvt. Kenneth 'Mother's Boy' Lewisohn
What Price Glory

What Price Glory (1926)

Movie
Max de Maigny
The Lily

The Lily (1926)

Movie
Youth (uncredited)
The Black Pirate

The Black Pirate (1926)

Movie

Ratings

Average 5.48
Based on 1,08 Million movie and tv ratings over time
1926
1934
1940
1935
1956

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1905-06-16

Deathday
1956-08-24 (51 years old)

Birth name
Alfredo C. Birabén

Place of birth
United States of America, United States of America

Citizenships
Argentina

Also known as
Alfredo Carlos Birabén


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