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March 5, 2020

40 Handsome Portrait Photos of John Gilbert in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1897 in Bel Air, California, American actor, screenwriter and director John Gilbert rose to fame during the silent film era and became a popular leading man known as “The Great Lover”.

At the height of his career, Gilbert rivaled Rudolph Valentino, another silent film era leading man, as a box office draw.

Gilbert's popularity began to wane 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 talkies, 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.

By 1934, alcoholism had severely damaged Gilbert's health. He suffered a serious heart attack in December 1935, which left him in poor health.

Gilbert suffered a second heart attack at his Bel Air home in 1936, which was fatal. Aged 38. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1755 Vine Street for his contribution to the motion picture industry.

These handsome pics captured portrait of John Gilbert in the 1920s and 1930s.


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