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      Lex Barker

      Lex Barker

      Highest Rated: 100% The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

      Lowest Rated: 86% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

      Birthday: May 8, 1919

      Birthplace: Rye, New York, USA

      In the 1930s, while studying at Princeton, Lex Barker dropped out to join a stock theater company--a situation that did not please his wealthy upper-class family. After some brief appearances on the stage throughout the decade, including a role in Orson Welles's flop "Five Kings," he was offered a contract by talent scouts from 20th Century-Fox in 1939; but being underage, he needed his parents to sign it. They refused. After being wounded in World War II, Barker ventured to Los Angeles and by 1945, appeared in his first film with a bit part in the musical comedy "Doll Face." Several other small roles followed, but in 1949 he had his biggest success when he became the 10th actor to play the character Tarzan in "Tarzan's Magic Fountain." Barker went on to star in five Tarzan films, and became one of the actors best known for the role. Playing the jungle man gave him opportunities to play more heroic roles in Westerns and war films, but by 1957 he was having difficulty finding work in the United States, so he moved to Europe. There, he became incredibly successful, starring in over 40 films. In Germany alone, he was such a big star he even recorded a single and was named Best Foreign Actor in 1966. He never returned to live in the United States, but continued to make occasional guest appearances on television here.

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Farmer's Daughter
      95% La Dolce Vita
      88% Crossfire
      86% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

      Photos

      THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS, from left: Lex Barker, Randolph Scott, 1953 TARZAN'S SAVAGE FURY, Lex Barker, 1952 TARZAN'S PERIL, Lex Barker, 1951 TARZAN'S SAVAGE FURY, Charles Korvin, Lex Barker, 1952 TARZAN'S SAVAGE FURY, Lex Barker, 1952 LA DOLCE VITA, Lex Barker, Anita Ekberg, 1960. THE GIRL IN BLACK STOCKINGS, Mamie Van Doren, Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Marie Windsor, 1957 THE GIRL IN BLACK STOCKINGS, Anne Bancroft, Lex Barker, 1957 TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, Lex Barker, 1949 CODE 7, VICTIM 5, (aka VICTIM FIVE), Lex Barker, 1964 TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, Lex Barker, 1949 THE GIRL IN BLACK STOCKINGS, Mamie Van Doren, Lex Barker, 1957 AWAY ALL BOATS, Jeff Chandler (far left), Lex Barker (center, top), 1956 TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, Charles Drake, Albert Dekker, Lex Barker, 1949 THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS, Lex Barker, 1953 THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS, from left: Lex Barker, Randolph Scott, 1953 THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS, Lex Barker (center), 1953 TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, Brenda Joyce, Lex Barker, 1949 MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE, Lex Barker, Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, 1948 BATTLES OF CHIEF PONTIAC, Roy Roberts, Lex Barker, Lon Chaney, Jr., 1952

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Valley of Death Old Shatterhand (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spy Today, Die Tomorrow Bob Urban/Mr. Dynamit (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 33% The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism Roger Mont Elise/Roger von Marienberg (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 34% Woman Times Seven Rik (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Die Slowly, You'll Enjoy It More Unknown (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Place Called Glory Clint Brenner (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed Johnny R? Sam Dobie , Johnny Ringo (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Men of Kurdistan Kara Ben Nemsi (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winnetou and the Crossbreed Old Shatterhand (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winnetou The Last Shot Old Shatterhand (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 24 Hours to Kill Jamie Faulkner (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer's Carnival Glenn Cassidy (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mercenaries of the Rio Grande Dr. Karl Sternau (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingdom of the Silver Lion Kara Ben Nemsi (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Kurdistan Kara Ben Nemsi (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 40% The Desperado Trail Old Shatterhand (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Apache Gold Old Shatterhand (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winnetou And The Red Gentleman Unknown (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Code 7 Victim 5! Steve Martin (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Falcon Pietro detto Capitan Fuoco (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 54% Last of the Renegades Old Shatterhand (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Shatterhand Old Shatterhand (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow One Kara Ben Nemsi (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shoot Kara Ben Nemsi (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Executioner of Venice Sandrigo Bembo (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vengeance of Kali Major Ford (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winnetou Old Shaterhand (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Breakfast in Bed Victor H. Armstrong (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mystery of the Indian Temple Major Ford (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 47% The Treasure of Silver Lake Old Shatterhand (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret of the Black Falcon Captain Don Carlos de Herrera (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pirate and the Slave Girl Dragon Drakut (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pirates of the Coast Luis Monterey (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 57% Return of Dr. Mabuse Joe Como alias "Nick Scappio" alias "Bob Arco" (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Dr. Mabuse Joe Como (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror of the Red Mask Marco (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robin Hood and the Pirates Robin Hood (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 80% The Invisible Dr. Mabuse FBI-Agent Joe Como (Character) - 1960
      95% 90% La Dolce Vita Robert (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Knight of 100 Faces Riccardo d'Arce (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of the Red Corsair Enrico di Ventimiglia (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Awakening Peter Chance (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission in Morocco Bruce Reynolds (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killers of the East Tremal Naik (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 40% The Girl in Black Stockings David Hewson (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jungle Heat Dr. Jim Ransom (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl in the Kremlin Steve Anderson (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet War Drums Mangas Coloradas (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deerslayer Deerslayer (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 59% Away All Boats Commander Quigley (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 20% The Price of Fear Dave Barrett (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery of the Black Jungle Tremal Naik (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Devils of Kali Tramal Naik (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Bitter Ridge Jeff Carr (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Duel on the Mississippi André Tulane (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dawn of the Pirates Tramal Naik (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow Mountain Andy Martin (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 8% Tarzan and the She-Devil Unknown (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Battles of Chief Pontiac Lt. Kent McIntire (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 55% Thunder Over the Plains Captain Bill Hodges (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 36% Tarzan's Savage Fury Tarzan (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 31% Tarzan's Peril Tarzan (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 17% Tarzan and the Slave Girl Tarzan (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 22% Tarzan's Magic Fountain Tarzan (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 32% Return of the Bad Men Emmett Dalton (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 68% The Velvet Touch Paul Banton (Character) - 1948
      86% 76% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Carpenter Foreman (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Tonto Rim Joe (Character) - 1947
      88% 75% Crossfire Harry (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 36% Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome City Hospital Driver (uncredited) (Character) - 1947
      100% 77% The Farmer's Daughter Olaf Holstrom (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Do You Love Me? Party Guest (Character) - 1946

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1952