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Dick Barrymore

Hall of Fame Class of 2000

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Dick Barrymore’s movies helped publicize the skiing industry.

Dick Barrymore was born in 1933 in California. He was one of a small group of ski movie makers who traversed the country for many years showing and personally narrating, with wit and humor, their films at ski clubs, auditoriums and movie houses.

Dick, who is not related to the “famous” movie Barrymore (he says he is the “famous” one) made nine 90-minute features including The Last of the Ski Bums and Ski West Young Man for his ski club showings. He also shot 30 short films, including A Bit of Madness, The Derby, The Portillo Story and Canadian Mt. Holiday.

Two films for K2 and The Performers were early depictions of free-style skiing. In over thirty years of shooting ski film all over the world, he along with John Jay and Warren Miller delighted untold thousands of snow lovers all over the USA and undoubtedly induced hordes of curious viewers to try the sport.

Barrymore authored the book, Breaking Even which was published in 1997. In it, he tells the story of one man’s passion for the outdoors.

John Jay and Warren Miller, who were already in the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, felt it was time for Dick Barrymore to join them.

Dick Barrymore was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 2000.

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