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Barr, Patrick (I) Biography




biography of Barr, Patrick (I)

Patrick David Barr
13 February 1908, Akola, India
29 August 1985, Wandsworth, London, England, UK
Patrick Barr, born into a judicial family in British India in 1908, was active for more than half a century on the stage, screen and, later, very successfully on television. Tall and distinguished, the son of a judge and (in retirement) theatrical manager, Barr was educated at Radley and Trinity College, Oxford ,winning a "blue" in the 1929 University Boat Race. Having first worked as an engineer, he made the move to acting at the comparatively late age of twenty-five. His West End stage debut, followed in 1936 in a production of "The Country Wife" at the Old Vic. The following year, he made his debut on the New York stage. During the Second World War, he was a conscientious objector serving with a Free French ambulance unit in North Africa. For his bravery, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre. On his return to the United Kingdom, he resumed his acting career in a revival of 'Noel Coward' (qv)'s "Private Lives" at the Apollo Theatre. For the next fifteen years, he appeared almost non-stop on the West End Stage, the longest-running being "Like a Dove", in which he played "Lord Dungavel" for over two years. By the mid 1950s, the popularity of television was growing dramatically and Barr became more widely-known as a result, twice becoming "Television Actor of the Year". In 1970, he made a strong return to the stage, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company for the season at Stratford. He played the ghost in "Hamlet", "Alonso" in "The Tempest" and "Escalus" in "Measure for Measure". His first film, _The Merry Men of Sherwood (1932)_ (qv) in 1932 was the first of numerous character parts and, while never attaining first billing as he had on the stage and television, his talents were always in demand. Patrick Barr was married twice. He died aged 77 on August 29 1985.
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-   'Dr. Barnes-Wallis' (? - 29 August 1985) (his death)

-   '?' (? - ?) (divorced); 1 child


-   He is the father of 'Belinda Barr (I)' (qv).

-   Attended the Royal Premiere of _The Dam Busters (1955)_ (qv) on 19 May 1955 at The Empire, Leicester Square. In attendance were: 'Richard Todd (I)' (qv) and his wife, Dr. Barnes-Wallis, and 'Princess Margaret' (qv). The event was filmed by Pathe.

-   Father-in-law of 'John Timbers' (qv).


-   Played Gamling in the BBC radio broadcast of The Lord of the Rings.

-   1951: "The Shadow of Doubt", a play by 'Norman King (II)' (qv). Saville Theatre, 135-149 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC1. Cast list included: 'John Clements (I)' (qv), 'Jane Baxter (I)' (qv), 'Eileen Way' (qv), 'Peter Collingwood' (qv), Patrick Barr, 'Raymond Huntley' (qv), 'Henry Hewitt' (qv) and 'Anne Leon' (qv).

-   1977: "Cause Celebre", a play by 'Terence Rattigan' (qv). Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London SW1. Cast List included: 'Glynis Johns' (qv), 'Anthony Pedley' (qv), 'Matthew Ryan (I)' (qv), 'Douglas Melbourne' (qv), 'Sheila Grant (I)' (qv), 'Neil Daglish' (qv), 'Helen Lindsay (I)' (qv), 'Jeremy Hawk' (qv), 'Adam Richardson (I)' (qv), 'Angela Browne' (qv), 'Kevin Hart (II)' (qv), Patrick Barr, 'Kenneth Griffith (I)' (qv), 'Bernard Archard (I)' (qv), 'Darryl Forbes-Dawson' (qv), 'Philip Bowen' (qv), 'David Glover (I)' (qv), 'Peggy Aitchison' (qv), 'Anthony Howard (I)' (qv) and 'David Masterman' (qv).

-   (1967) He acted in 'Tennessee Williams' (qv)' play, "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale", at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, Surrey, England with 'Siân Phillips' (qv), 'Kevin Colson' (qv) and 'Elspeth March' (qv) in the cast. 'Philip Wiseman (I)' (qv) was the director. 'Stefanos Lazaridis' (qv) was the designer.

-   Young Madame Conti (1937). Melodrama. Book adapted by Hubert Griffith and Benn W. Levy. From a play by 'Bruno Frank' (qv). Scenic Design by Ernst Stern. Directed by 'Benn W. Levy' (qv). Music Box Theatre: 31 Mar 1937- Apr 1937 (closing date unknown/22 performances). Cast: 'Patrick Barr (I)' (qv)(as "Stephen Horka"), Joseph Burton (as "Ensemble"), Nell Converse (as "Ensemble"), 'Constance Cummings (I)' (qv) (as "Nella Conti"), Courtlandt Davis Third Judge"), Dorothy Dewhurst (as "Wardress"), William Dewhurst (as "The President of the Court"), Tom Dillon (as "Mr. Lechner"), J.H. Emerson (as "Ensemble"), William Fox (as "Arnold Zimmerman"), G. Swayne Gordon (as "Judge Becker"), Hitous Gray (as "Ensemble"), Cameron Hall (as "Dr. Schonberg"), Raymond Huntley (as "Dr. Reuchlin"), Robert Joseph (as "Ensemble"), Herbert Kreitel (as "Ensemble"), Phillip Leaver (as "Otto Farenthold"), Ira Lee (as "Ensemble"), Gertrude Magill (as "Ensemble"), Mary Martin (as "Ensemble"), George Miller (as "Ensemble"), Betty Norton (as "Betty Wanninger"), Paul Pascoe (as "Ensemble"), Edward Power (as "Ensemble"), Nellie Ranson (as "Ensemble"), William Rolston (as "Second Janitor"), Varley Vezey (as "Ensemble"), 'Ruth Vivian' (qv) (as "Mrs. Ebersbacher"), Charles Wellesley (as "The Governor"), Robert Woods (as "Clerk of the Court"). Produced by Bernard Klawans.

-   Active on Broadway in the following productions:


-   "The Times" (UK), 2 September 1985, "Obituary: Patrick Barr"


-   "Picturegoer" (UK), 5 March 1955


-   "Picture Show" (UK), 16 June 1956

-   "TV Mirror" (UK), 4 December 1954, Vol. 3, Iss. 23

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  1. The Ties That Bind Us (2008) (V)
  2. "The Theban Plays by Sophocles" (1986) {Antigone}
  3. A Voyage Round My Father (1984) (TV)
  4. Octopussy (1983)
  5. The Godsend (1980)
  6. Atom Spies (1979) (TV)
  7. Home Before Midnight (1979)
  8. "Telford's Change" (1979) {(#1.1)}
  9. "Telford's Change" (1979) {(#1.2)}
  10. "Telford's Change" (1979) {(#1.3)}
  11. The First Great Train Robbery (1978)
  12. "The Mackinnons" (1977) {A New Life (#1.13)}
  13. "The Mackinnons" (1977) {Man from the Past (#1.2)}
  14. "The Mackinnons" (1977) {Playboy of the Western Highlands (#1.10)}
  15. "The Mackinnons" (1977) {Shame the Devil (#1.7)}
  16. "The Mackinnons" (1977) {The Ex-Mrs. Mackinnon (#1.11)}
  17. "The Mackinnons" (1977) {The Inheritance (#1.9)}
  18. "The Mackinnons" (1977) {They Also Serve... (#1.4)}
  19. "The Mackinnons" (1977) {Working Weekend (#1.5)}
  20. "Second Verdict" (1976) {Murder on the 10.27 (#1.4)}
  21. "The Molly Wopsies" (1976) {All Was Gathered Safely In (#1.2)}
  22. "The Molly Wopsies" (1976) {The Initiation (#1.1)}
  23. "The Molly Wopsies" (1976) {The New Uniform (#1.5)}
  24. "The Fight Against Slavery" (1975)
  25. "Churchill's People" (1974) {March On, Boys! (#1.16)}
  26. "Crown Court" (1972) {Dead Drunk (#4.48)}
  27. "Days of Hope" (1975) {1924 (#1.3)}
  28. "Sutherland's Law" (1973) {The Rag Doll (#4.10)}
  29. "Ten from the Twenties" (1975) {The Anarchist (#1.6)}
  30. "The Venturers" (1975) {Gilt Edged (#1.4)}
  31. House of Whipcord (1974)
  32. The Black Windmill (1974)
  33. "Great Mysteries" (1973) {A Time to Remember (#1.20)}
  34. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
  35. "Crown Court" (1972) {Just Good Friends: Part 1 (#2.118)}
  36. "Crown Court" (1972) {Just Good Friends: Part 2 (#2.119)}
  37. "Crown Court" (1972) {Just Good Friends: Part 3 (#2.120)}
  38. "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes" (1971) {Five Hundred Carats (#2.2)}
  39. The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)
  40. "Kate" (1970) {A Man for All That (#3.3)}
  41. "Kate" (1970) {A Step in the Right Direction (#3.7)}
  42. "Kate" (1970) {A Very Long Spoon (#3.1)}
  43. "Kate" (1970) {Accidents Will Happen (#3.10)}
  44. "Kate" (1970) {Back to Square One (#3.12)}
  45. "Kate" (1970) {Moonlight and Roses (#3.8)}
  46. "Kate" (1970) {Second Time Round (#3.6)}
  47. "Kate" (1970) {The Woman Behind the Man (#3.9)}
  48. "Horizon" (1964) {Darwin's Bulldog}
  49. "Paul Temple" (1969) {Catch Your Death (#3.13)}
  50. "Department S" (1969) {The Bones of Byrom Blain (#2.14)}
  51. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {The Pueblo Affair (#3.16)}
  52. "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" (1969) {You Can Always Find a Fall Guy (#1.25)}
  53. "The Main Chance" (1969) {A Time to Love, a Time to Die (#2.1)}
  54. Guns in the Heather (1969)
  55. The Vortex (1969) (TV)
  56. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Secret of Boyne Castle: Part 1 (#15.17)}
  57. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Secret of Boyne Castle: Part 2 (#15.18)}
  58. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Secret of Boyne Castle: Part 3 (#15.19)}
  59. "Plays of Today" (1969) {The English Boy (#1.6)}
  60. "Take Three Girls" (1969) {Stop Acting (#1.1)}
  61. "The Avengers" (1961) {Take Me to Your Leader (#7.23)}
  62. "The Wednesday Play" (1964) {The Vortex (#1.156)}
  63. "Thirty-Minute Theatre" (1965) {...And Was Invited to Form a Government (#4.35)}
  64. Last of the Long-haired Boys (1968)
  65. The Great Pony Raid (1968)
  66. "The Wednesday Play" (1964) {A Beast with Two Backs (#1.131)}
  67. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Moonbase: Episode 1 (#4.23)}
  68. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Moonbase: Episode 2 (#4.24)}
  69. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Moonbase: Episode 3 (#4.25)}
  70. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Moonbase: Episode 4 (#4.26)}
  71. "Escape" (1967) {Five Men for Freedom (#1.1)}
  72. "I Spy" (1965) {The War Lord (#2.20)}
  73. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {The Crossfire (#12.23)}
  74. "The Troubleshooters" (1965) {Winner Lose All (#4.4)}
  75. "The Wednesday Play" (1964) {In Two Minds (#1.84)}
  76. "Write a Play" (1965) {The Prehistoric Man & Thrice Upon a Night-Time (#2.1)}
  77. "The Troubleshooters" (1965) {What's Yours Is Mine (#2.16)}
  78. "Zero One" (1962) {Point of View (#3.3)}
  79. Ring of Spies (1964)
  80. Billy Liar (1963)
  81. On the Run (1963)
  82. "Suspense" (1962) {The Men from the Bush (#2.26)}
  83. "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre" (1960) {On the Run (#4.4)}
  84. The Longest Day (1962)
  85. The Valiant (1962)
  86. "Alfred Marks Time" (1956) {(1961-05-10)}
  87. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {Countdown at Woomera (#6.41)}
  88. "Theatre 70" (1960) {Summons to Appear (#1.18)}
  89. "Golden Girl" (1960)
  90. Urge to Kill (1960)
  91. "Armchair Mystery Theatre" (1960) {Flag Fall (#1.2)}
  92. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {The Man in the Road (#1.20)}
  93. Next to No Time (1958)
  94. At the Stroke of Nine (1957)
  95. Lady of Vengeance (1957)
  96. Saint Joan (1957)
  97. "English Family Robinson" (1957) {Night of the Tigers (#1.1)}
  98. It's Never Too Late (1956)
  99. "Adventure Theater" (1956) {The Missing Passenger (#1.11)}
  100. "Armchair Theatre" (1956) {The Right Thing (#1.11)}
  101. "Assignment Foreign Legion" (1956) {The Thin Line (#1.5)}
  102. "Colonel March of Scotland Yard" (1956) {The Devil Sells His Soul (#1.12)}
  103. "H.M. Tennent Globe Theatre" (1956) {Rebecca (#1.7)}
  104. "H.M. Tennent Globe Theatre" (1956) {The Living Room (#1.3)}
  105. "Lilli Palmer Theatre" (1955) {Night Call}
  106. "London Playhouse" (1955) {Margaret Moves On (#1.20)}
  107. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955) {Richard the Lion-Heart (#1.22)}
  108. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955) {Secret Mission (#1.32)}
  109. Room in the House (1955)
  110. The Brain Machine (1955)
  111. The Dam Busters (1955)
  112. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Story of Robin Hood: Part 1 (#2.8)}
  113. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Story of Robin Hood: Part 2 (#2.9)}
  114. "Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents" (1953) {Flight One-Zero-One (#3.32)}
  115. "Portrait of Alison" (1955) {(#1.1)}
  116. "Portrait of Alison" (1955) {(#1.2)}
  117. "Portrait of Alison" (1955) {(#1.3)}
  118. "Portrait of Alison" (1955) {(#1.4)}
  119. "Portrait of Alison" (1955) {(#1.5)}
  120. "Portrait of Alison" (1955) {(#1.6)}
  121. Duel in the Jungle (1954)
  122. Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder (1954)
  123. Seagulls Over Sorrento (1954)
  124. Time Is My Enemy (1954)
  125. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {Waiting for Gillian (#5.46)}
  126. "The Teckman Biography" (1953) {47 Harrison Court (#1.3)}
  127. "The Teckman Biography" (1953) {A Cable from Kesner (#1.4)}
  128. "The Teckman Biography" (1953) {Charmaine (#1.2)}
  129. "The Teckman Biography" (1953) {The Man (#1.5)}
  130. "The Teckman Biography" (1953) {Third Person Singular (#1.6)}
  131. Black 13 (1953)
  132. Black Orchid (1953)
  133. Escape by Night (1953)
  134. I vinti (1953)
  135. Single-Handed (1953)
  136. The Intruder (1953)
  137. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {Portrait by Peko (#4.34)}
  138. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {The Troubled Air (#4.12)}
  139. "The Teckman Biography" (1953) {The Proposition (#1.1)}
  140. A Ghost for Sale (1952)
  141. Death of an Angel (1952)
  142. King of the Underworld (1952)
  143. Murder at Scotland Yard (1952)
  144. Murder at the Grange (1952)
  145. The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
  146. Two Dozen Red Roses (1952) (TV)
  147. You're Only Young Twice (1952)
  148. "The Three Hostages" (1952) {Kharama (#1.3)}
  149. "The Three Hostages" (1952) {The Blind Spinner (#1.2)}
  150. "The Three Hostages" (1952) {The Fields of Eden (#1.5)}
  151. "The Three Hostages" (1952) {The First of June (#1.6)}
  152. "The Three Hostages" (1952) {The Midnight's Sun (#1.4)}
  153. "The Three Hostages" (1952) {The Thursday Club (#1.1)}
  154. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
  155. To Have and to Hold (1951)
  156. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {Claudia (#2.34)}
  157. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {Julius Caesar (#2.8)}
  158. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {The Final Test (#2.30)}
  159. Half-an-Hour (1950) (TV)
  160. The Switchback (1950) (TV)
  161. The Tragedy of King Richard II (1950) (TV)
  162. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {Candida (#1.53)}
  163. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {Deep Are the Roots (#1.19)}
  164. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {The Secret Sharer (#1.48)}
  165. Adam and Evelyne (1949)
  166. Golden Arrow (1949)
  167. Man on the Run (1949)
  168. The Blue Lagoon (1949)
  169. Contraband (1940)
  170. Sunset in Vienna (1940)
  171. The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940)
  172. Let's Be Famous (1939)
  173. Charley's Aunt (1938) (TV)
  174. Incident in Shanghai (1938)
  175. Marigold (1938)
  176. Meet Mr. Penny (1938)
  177. Sailing Along (1938)
  178. Star of the Circus (1938)
  179. The Gaunt Stranger (1938)
  180. Yellow Sands (1938)
  181. Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)
  182. The Cavalier of the Streets (1937)
  183. The Show Goes On (1937)
  184. East Meets West (1936)
  185. Midnight at Madame Tussaud's (1936)
  186. Things to Come (1936)
  187. Wednesday's Luck (1936)
  188. Gay Old Dog (1935)
  189. Irish Hearts (1934)
  190. Meet My Sister (1933)
  191. The Merry Men of Sherwood (1932)

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