Barry Norton

Place of birth:
Buenos Aires, Argentina:
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.


Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
as Extra (uncredited)
Serenade (1956)
as Party Guest (uncredited)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
as Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Small Town Girl (1953)
as Party Guest
Trouble Along the Way (1953)
as Party Guest
The Jazz Singer (1953)
as Nightclub Patron
Young Man with Ideas (1952)
as Lawyer at Seminar (uncredited)
Something to Live For (1952)
as Man in Tweeds
Room for One More (1952)
as Boy Scout Ceremony Attendee (uncredited)
Hollywood Story (1951)
as Christmas Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Rocketship X-M (1950)
as Reporter (uncredited)
The Gal Who Took the West (1949)
as Officer at Party
Johnny Allegro (1949)
An Innocent Affair (1948)
as Rocket Roof Patron (uncredited)
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
as Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947)
as Rurale
Devil Monster (1946)
as Robert Jackson
Above Suspicion (1943)
as German Cafe Patron (Uncredited)
Mission to Moscow (1943)
as Ball Guest
Casablanca (1942)
as Gambler at Rick's (uncredited)
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
as One of Maria's Suitors (uncredited)
The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
as Nightclub Patron (Uncredited)
Blue, White, and Perfect (1942)
as Man at Ship Dock (uncredited)
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941)
as Nightclub Patron
Hold That Ghost (1941)
as Club Patron (uncredited)
Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
as Bowler (uncredited)
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
as Palm Beach Casino Patron (Uncredited)
The Lady Eve (1941)
as Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)
as Hotel Guest
Down Argentine Way (1940)
as Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
as Dissaproving Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Should Husbands Work? (1939)
as Ronald McDonald
Second Fiddle (1939)
as Nightclub Patron
Angel of Mercy (1939)
as President Garfield's Secretary (uncredited)
The Buccaneer (1938)
as Villere
I'll Take Romance (1937)
as Juan
Rich Relations (1937)
as Don Blair
Camille (1936)
as Emile (uncredited)
Captain Calamity (1936)
as Carr
Murder at Glen Athol (1936)
as Tom Randel
Woman Wanted (1935)
as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Caravan (1934)
as Young Officer at Beer Garden (Uncredited)
Imitation of Life (1934)
as Young Man Proposing Toast (uncredited)
Grand Canary (1934)
as Robert Tranter
Unknown Blonde (1934)
as Bob Parker
Only Yesterday (1933)
as Jerry (Uncredited)
Lady for a Day (1933)
as Carlos
Cocktail Hour (1933)
as Prince Philippe de Longville
Luxury Liner (1933)
as Prince Vladimir Gleboff
Dishonored (1931)
as Young Lieutenant - Firing Squad
Drácula (1931)
as Juan Harker
Oriente es Occidente (1930)
The Red Dance (1928)
as Rasputin's Assassin (uncredited)
4 Devils (1928)
as Adolf
The Legion of the Condemned (1928)
as Byron Dashwood
The Wizard (1927)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
as Ballroom Dancer / Kissing Couple (uncredited)
A Man About Town (1927)
as Amos, a Centerville Clerk
The Heart of Salome (1927)
as Henri Bezanne
Ankles Preferred (1927)
The Lily (1926)
as Max de Maigny
The Black Pirate (1926)
as Youth (uncredited) All About Movies © 2020

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