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Barrymore dies at 72

Acting dynasty loses another member

Actor John Drew Barrymore, the father of Drew Barrymore, died Monday. He was 72.

“He was a cool cat. Please smile when you think of him,” Drew Barrymore said in a statement issued by the office of Chris Miller, publicist for the actress and her production company, Flower Films.

No information was released about the cause of death or where in Los Angeles he died.

John D. Barrymore was part of an acting dynasty that included his father, John Barrymore, and his father’s siblings, Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore.

After appearing in several B-movies and Westerns during the 1950s, he made several appearances in Italian sword-and-sandal epics during the 1960s, including “Pontius Pilate,” “The Trojan Horse,” “Daggers of Blood” and “War of the Zombies.”

He also guested on numerous TV shows including “Kung Fu,” “Gunsmoke” and “Wagon Train.”

After several incarcerations for drug and alcohol offenses, he retired from acting in the 1970s.

Born in Beverly Hills, his mother was actress Dolores Costello.

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