Ray Barrett

Ray Barrett

Highest Rated: 100% The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

Lowest Rated: 0% Revenge (1971)

Birthday: May 2, 1927

Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Australian actor Ray Barrett was one of the more popular leading men on British television in the 1960s; he was on the series The Troubleshooters from 1965-1971 and did voices on the Gerry Anderson marionette series Stingray and Thunderbirds. It was only in the decades that followed that he emerged to big-screen stardom in his native country. Born in Brisbane in 1927, he was fascinated by radio -- then a marvelous new entertainment medium -- and won an on-air talent competition in 1939. At the age of 16, Barrett went to work as an announcer, and later did interviews and even sang on the air. Eventually, he started doing plays, and was put under contract to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, through which he did everything from Shakespeare to tales of Tarzan. He made the jump to television in the early '50s, including an appearance on the adventure series Long John Silver (1955), starring Robert Newton. Barrett also worked with John Bluthal (A Hard Day's Night, Help!) on a comedy series called The Idiot Weekly, and with Spike Milligan on a 1958 television special. In 1959, Barrett moved to England and, over the next few years, appeared in a string of series, including Educating Archie, Armchair Mystery Theatre, Emergency Ward 10, Man of the World, First Night, Harpers West One, Z Cars, Doctor Who, The Saint, and The Avengers. He also made a lasting impression as a voice artist on Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's series Stingray as the voice of Commander Sam Shore (heard at the beginning of every episode's credit sequence) as well as several other characters. He also did the voice of John Tracy (in addition to numerous other characters) in the Anderson series Thunderbirds and the movie adaptation Thunderbirds Are Go! Barrett's film career began in 1960 with a prominent appearance in the drama The Sundowners, starring Robert Mitchum. His other movies during this period included the Val Guest mystery film Jigsaw (1961) and a starring role in the Hammer Films chiller The Reptile (1966). Inn of the Frightened People (1971) was a good showcase for his talents, but it was in the mid-'70s (when he returned to Australia) that he finally became a star. He was cast by Bruce Beresford in a major role in Don's Party (1976), which was widely seen around the world, and then Fred Schepisi used him in a leading role as a racist constable in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978). That portrayal earned Barrett the Australian Film Institute award for Best Supporting Actor (the Aussie equivalent of an Oscar). His performance in Goodbye Paradise (1982) won him the Best Actor Award and he enjoyed starring roles right into the '90s. In the years since, Barrett played major supporting and character roles in such pictures as Blood Oath (1991) and In the Winter Dark (1998). He primarily did TV work in the early 2000s.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Dalkeith Actor 2012
55% Australia Actor $49.5M 2008
No Score Yet Visitors Bill Perry 2003
No Score Yet After the Deluge Actor 2003
83% In the Winter Dark Maurice Stubbs 1998
No Score Yet Heaven's Burning Cam O'Brien 1998
22% Hotel de Love Jack 1996
80% Brilliant Lies Brian Connor 1996
No Score Yet Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Actor 1995
No Score Yet Hotel Sorrento (Sorrento Beach) Wal Moynihan 1995
No Score Yet Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun) Lieutenant Colonel Johnson 1990
No Score Yet Frenchman's Farm Harry Benson 1987
No Score Yet Contagion Bael 1987
No Score Yet Rebel Bubbles 1986
80% Where the Green Ants Dream (Wo die Grünen Ameisen Träumen) Cole 1985
No Score Yet The Empty Beach MacLeary 1985
No Score Yet Last Bastion Actor 1984
No Score Yet Waterfront Actor 1983
No Score Yet Don's Party Mal 1982
No Score Yet Dangerous Summer FCO Webster 1982
No Score Yet The Earthling Parnell 1980
100% The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Constable Farrell 1978
No Score Yet No Room to Run Jack Deakin 1978
No Score Yet Let the Balloon Go Dr. McLeod 1976
No Score Yet The Amorous Milkman Actor 1975
No Score Yet Terror from Under the House Harry 1974
0% Revenge Actor 1971
57% Thunderbirds Are Go Actor 1966
71% The Reptile Harry Spalding 1966
No Score Yet 80,000 Suspects Health Inspector Bennett 1963
No Score Yet Jigsaw Sgt. Gorman 1962
75% The Sundowners (uncredited) 1960


No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
Strong 1963
68% Doctor Who
100% Thunderbirds


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