Answer: Lionel Barrymore
Barrymore, born in 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania played Mr. Potter. Mr. Potter was an old man who lived in Bedford Falls, New York and was described as the richest person in town. At the beginning of the movie, Mr. Potter insulted George's father and George heard this so he blasted Mr. Potter for being mean to his father. In one scene, Mr. Potter mentioned, at a meeting at the Bailey Savings & Loan, that it was the only business which he was unable to own outright. However, he did have an investment in the business. Midway through the movie, George went to Mr. Potter for financial aid, since Billy misplaced $8,000 of his company's money (George was taking responsibility for it) and Mr. Potter called the police to have George arrested. Mr. Potter did this since he was a stockholder in the building and loan company. Meanwhile, Mr. Potter located the $8,000 himself but refused to tell George this. In Mr. Potter's final scene, he told George he would have a merry Christmas in jail but George managed to come up with the $8,000 and was not arrested.
Barrymore was in the movies, "You Can't Take it With You", "Key Largo" and "Grand Hotel". In 1931, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for "A Free Soul". Other Oscar nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role that year were Jackie Cooper for "Skippy", Richard Dix for "Cimarron", Fredric March for "The Royal Family of Broadway" and Adolphe Menjou for "The Front Page". In 2003, the American Film Institute ranked Mr. Potter as the sixth greatest film villain/villainess out of fifty characters.