Ivor Barnard

Highest Rated: 100% Oliver Twist (1951)
Lowest Rated: 17% The Skin Game (1931)
Birthday: Jun 13, 1887
Birthplace: Not Available
Ivor Barnard was a busy actor for 40 years on stage and screen, with dozens of plays and more than 60 movies to his credit. In England, he was respected enough, and got leading roles right into his sixties, including the part of Mr. Murdoch in the 1948 London production of Brigadoon. If there was a sad element to his career, it was that he had to wait until the final year of his life -- at the age of 66, in the role of would-be assassin Major Ross in John Huston's Beat the Devil -- to finally get noticed by American film critics, who thought him delightful. Barnard was almost too good at what he did, melting into the character roles that were his forte onscreen. Apart from a bit part in a 1920 silent, he confined his work on the stage until the dawn of the sound era. He was very active with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company in the teens, and was established in London by the early '20s. Barnard's movie career began with a small part in Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of John Galsworthy's play The Skin Game. Two years later, he got one of the more prominent movie roles of his career when he played Dr. Falke, the character who sets the story in motion when he is the victim of a practical joke, in William Thiele's screen adaptation of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus. Most of the parts that Barnard portrayed, however, were much smaller, with as little as a single line of dialogue, though he often made them memorable, such as his performance as the sarcastic bystander in the opening scene of Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard's Pygmalion (1938). Asquith thought enough of Barnard to use him in The Importance of Being Earnest 14 years later. Barnard also played small but memorable parts in David Lean's Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. It fell to John Huston to give him the most prominent screen time of his career, however, as the diminutive Ross in Beat the Devil, in which Barnard managed to hold his own in a cast that included Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley, and Peter Lorre.

Highest Rated Movies



73% Beat the Devil Major Ross 1953
No Score Yet Malta Story Old Man 1953
87% The Importance of Being Earnest Coach Driver 1952
100% Oliver Twist Chairman of the Board 1951
83% Madeleine Mr. Murdoch 1950
95% The Queen of Spades Bookseller 1949
No Score Yet So Evil My Love Mr. Watson 1948
No Score Yet Dulcimer Street Mr. Justice Plymme 1948
No Score Yet So Well Remembered Spivey 1947
100% Great Expectations Wemmick 1947
No Score Yet Mrs. Fitzherbert Rev. Burt 1947
No Score Yet Hotel Reserve The Chemist 1946
No Score Yet Caesar and Cleopatra 2nd Nobleman 1945
29% The Wicked Lady Clergyman 1945
No Score Yet Vacation from Marriage Chemist 1945
No Score Yet English Without Tears (Her Man Gilbey) Mr. Quiel 1944
No Score Yet Undercover Station Master 1943
No Score Yet The Silver Fleet Admiral von Rapp 1943
No Score Yet The Saint's Vacation Emil 1941
No Score Yet Quiet Wedding Bass (uncredited) 1941
89% The Stars Look Down Wept 1940
No Score Yet Cheer, Boys, Cheer Naseby 1939
94% Pygmalion Bystander 1938
No Score Yet Victoria the Great Assassin 1937
No Score Yet Storm in a Teacup Watkins 1937
No Score Yet Mill on the Floss Mr. Moss 1937
No Score Yet House of the Spaniard Mott 1936
No Score Yet The Village Squire Mr. Worsfold 1935
No Score Yet Good Companions Eric Tipstead 1933
No Score Yet Illegal Actor 1932
No Score Yet Sally in Our Alley Tod Small 1931
17% The Skin Game Actor 1931


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