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Barry Norton


Barry Norton was an Argentine-born actor in American films. He appeared in over ninety films from 1925 until the time of his death. He is perhaps best known for his role as Juan Harker in Dracula (1931).

Norton was born to an affluent family in Buenos Aires in 1905. His birth name was Alfredo Carlos Biraben.

Arriving in Hollywood in the 1920's, 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. Norton's acting was well received by audiences and critics at the time, and during the silent era he avoided being typecast as a latin lover. Said one theater owner in Golden City, Montana: "...Barry Norton has as yet to show me a bad performance. There's a boy that is a 'natural.'"

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