Ray Barrett

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Ray Barrett
Born(1927-05-02)2 May 1927
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died8 September 2009(2009-09-08) (aged 82)
Southport, Queensland, Australia
OccupationActor
Years active1957-2008
Children3
 
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Ray Barrett
Born(1927-05-02)2 May 1927
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died8 September 2009(2009-09-08) (aged 82)
Southport, Queensland, Australia
OccupationActor
Years active1957-2008
Children3

Raymond Charles "Ray" Barrett (2 May 1927 – 8 September 2009) was an Australian movie actor. In the 1960s he was a leading actor on British television, where he was best known for his appearances in The Troubleshooters (1965–1971). From the 1970s he appeared in lead and character roles in a number of Australian TV series and films.

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Biography

Barrett was born in Brisbane, Queensland and was educated at Brisbane State High School. He was fascinated by radio from an early age and won an on-air talent competition in 1939. At the age of 12 he won an eisteddfod that was broadcast on 4BH radio, with a musical monologue about a dog named "Paddy". This was to set him on a different path from his dream of boat-building.

Ray was initiated into Freemasonry in 1949 as an initiate and member of Empire Lodge #197 of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

He lived on Stradbroke Island in the 1970s. Barrett died, aged 82, at the Gold Coast Hospital in Southport after suffering a brain haemorrhage.[1]

He married three times, and left three children.

Acting career

Britain

Ray Barrett first appeared on radio in Brisbane, and later in Sydney. In 1954 he moved from Brisbane to Sydney. In 1957 he moved to England where he his background as a singer won him a part in a revue co-starring with Beryl Reid, Patrick Wymark and Sheila Hancock.[2]

Due to his "tough looks" Ray Barrett was given character and tough guy roles from an unusually young age. In Britain he played one of the lead roles in the British TV series Emergency - Ward 10 and later played one of the main characters, hard-nosed oilman Peter Thornton, in the long-running BBC series about the oil industry, The Troubleshooters.[2] He was also the voice of a number of characters in Gerry Anderson marionette series: he voiced Commander Shore and Titan in Stingray and later was John Tracy, the Hood and many of the extra characters in Thunderbirds. He appeared as a murderer in the Doctor Who serial "The Rescue" in 1965.[3]

Australia

In the following decades he emerged to big-screen stardom in his native country, Australia, earning roles as a central character in many TV series. Barrett was the prime minister (who was assassinated) in Burn the Butterflies and a tough miner in Golden Soak. He played the part of the controversial Australian historical figure Governor Bligh in the 1980 ABC Television production The Timeless Land.[2] He also had secondary roles in many others, including Something in the Air.

He appeared in such films as Don's Party and in a film about the release of the Leyland P76 car in 1973 with Noel Ferrier, Walter Sullivan, Katy Wild and Nick Tate (The Carmakers).

In 2005 Ray Barrett won the Australian Film Institute Longford Life Achievement Award.[4] His last appearance was in the film Australia in 2008.

Filmography

Film

Television

References

  1. ^ Veteran Actor Ray Barrett dies at 82, Herald Sun, 8 September 2009
  2. ^ a b c The Timeless Land, Television guide compiled by Kate Reid, photographs by Martin Webby, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 56 pp., Sydney, 1980. ISBN 0-642-97469-1
  3. ^ Howson, Spencer: Ray Barrett's "Dr Who" episodes released on DVD, ABC Radio, 11 May 2009.
  4. ^ AFI Raymond Longford Award, Australian Film Institute.

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