Barret Oliver

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Barret Oliver
BornBarret Spencer Oliver
(1973-08-24) August 24, 1973 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationFormer child actor, photographer
Years activeActor: 1981–1989
Known forThe NeverEnding Story
D.A.R.Y.L.
AwardsSaturn Award 1986
 
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Barret Oliver
BornBarret Spencer Oliver
(1973-08-24) August 24, 1973 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationFormer child actor, photographer
Years activeActor: 1981–1989
Known forThe NeverEnding Story
D.A.R.Y.L.
AwardsSaturn Award 1986

Barret Spencer Oliver (born August 24, 1973) is an American photographer and former child actor. He is known for his role as Bastian Balthazar Bux in the film adaptation of Michael Ende's novel The NeverEnding Story followed by roles in D.A.R.Y.L., Cocoon and Cocoon: The Return.

Career[edit]

Oliver had minor roles in television and film until starring as Bastian in the 1984 movie The NeverEnding Story. Subsequently, he was cast as the lead in Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie[1] and as the android 'Daryl' in the 1985 film D.A.R.Y.L., a part for which he won a Saturn Award.[2] Oliver appeared in the Ron Howard film Cocoon and the sequel Cocoon: The Return. His last role in a feature film was Willie Saravian in Paul Bartel's 1989 ensemble comedy Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills.[3]

Later Oliver became a printer and photographer specializing in nineteenth century processes such as collodion and Woodburytype. His work has been displayed in museum and gallery exhibitions and used in films. In 2007 his book A History of the Woodburytype was published by Carl Mautz Publishing.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Jekyll and Hyde... Together AgainChild in supermarket
1982Kiss Me GoodbyeLittle Boy
1982The Circle FamilyQ.P.Television movie
1983Uncommon ValorKid #2
1984The NeverEnding StoryBastian
1984Invitation to HellRobbie Winslow
1984FrankenweenieVictor FrankensteinShort film
1985D.A.R.Y.L.DarylSaturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture
1985CocoonDavid
1986Spot Marks the XKen MillerTelevision movie
1987The Secret GardenDickon SowerbyTelevision movie
1988Cocoon: The ReturnDavid
1989Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly HillsWillie Saravian

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981The Incredible HulkJimmy the KidEpisode: "Veteran"
1982Knight RiderBuddyEpisode: "Knight of the Phoenix - Part 1"
1983Love, SidneyUnknownEpisode: "Surprise Party"
1984Lottery!UnknownEpisode: "San Diego - Bingo!"
1984Highway to HeavenArthur NealyEpisode: "To Touch the Moon"
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Guest Actor in a Television Series
1984Finder of Lost LovesMatthew PowellEpisode: "Portraits"
1986The Twilight ZoneGeorgieEpisode: "Gramma"
1987Tall Tales & LegendsHendrick Van TasselEpisode: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
1988HoopermanAnthonyEpisode: "Me and Mr. Magoo"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardWorkCategoryResult
1983Young Artist AwardThe Circle FamilyBest Young Actor in a Television SpecialNominated[5]
1985Highway to HeavenBest Young Actor - Guest in a Television SeriesNominated[6]
The NeverEnding StoryBest Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical, Comedy, Adventure or DramaNominated[6]
1986D.A.R.Y.L.Best Starring Performance by a Young Actor - Motion PictureNominated[7]
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger ActorBest Performance by a Younger ActorWon[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayo, Michael (May 1985). "Frankenweenie". Cinefantastique. pp. Vol. 15, Iss. 2, pg. 4–5+61. 
  2. ^ Randy; Jean-Marc Lofficier (August 1997). "Call Him D.A.R.Y.L". Starlog. pp. Vol. 9, Iss. 97, pg. 34–35. 
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (June 9, 1989). "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills". New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "about Barret Oliver". Carl Mautz Publishing. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fourth Annual Youth in Film Awards, 1981-1982". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Sixth Annual Youth in Film Awards, 1983-1984". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Seventh Annual Youth in Film Awards, 1984-1985". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Saturn Awards: Best Performance by a Younger Actor, 1985". Saturn Awards. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 

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