Who died on this date:
On August 17, 1963, film star Richard Barthelmess died. He was born on May 9, 1895 and was an Oscar nominated silent film actor and one of the original members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He made his first film appearance in 1916 in the serial Gloria’s Romance as an extra. His next role, in War Brides, attracted the attention of legendary director D.W. Griffith, who offered him several important roles, finally casting him opposite Lillian Gish in Broken Blossoms (1919) and Way Down East (1920). He soon became one of Hollywood’s highest paid performers, starring in such classics as The Patent Leather Kid (1927) and The Noose (1928); he was nominated for Best Actor at the first Academy Awards for his performance in both these films.
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