Drew Barrymore's actor father JOHN D BARRYMORE has died at the age of 72.

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

But in a statement issued by her publicist yesterday (29NOV04), Drew said, "He was a cool cat. Please smile when you think of him."

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.

He had a a sporadic film career that began with Hollywood films in the 1950s including THE BIG NIGHT and WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS.

Yet he also possessed a a rebellious streak that led to numerous scrapes with the law, friends and family, including a long estrangement from Drew and her brother JOHN.

At various times was reported to be living like a hermit or a beggar, and Drew once said in an interview that there were times when she did not know where her father was.

30/11/2004 02:56