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Originally cast as the Baron de Varville but illness required him to be replaced.
Actor who got the part: Henry Daniell

Barrymore made a screen test for a film version of his greatest stage role in 1933, but his health and memory were no longer up to the task.

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Barrymore was wanted by Bette Davis to play Sheridan Whiteside, but his poor health made Warner Bros choose Monty Woolley who had played the role on Broadway.
Actor who got the part: Monty Woolley

A Star Is Born
According to Margot Peters' The House of Barrymore, Barrymore was the first choice of David O. Selznik for the role of Norman Maine. Due to his alcoholism, he was not able to be cast.
Actor who got the part: Fredric March

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» Grand Hotel
» Romeo and Juliet (1936)

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