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Lex Barker Lex Barker was born on 8th May, 1919 in Rye, New York, USA was an American actor best known for playing Tarzan of the Apes and leading characters from Karl May's novels. He was the second child of a wealthy building contractor and his wife Mariann

Biography and Career

Young Barker attended the Fessenden School and graduated from the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy. He played the oboe in the school orchestra and football on the playing field. He attended Princeton University for a time, but dropped out in order to join a theatrical stock company, much to the chagrin of his family.

He excelled in football and track at Fessenden School and Phillips-Exeter Academy. He went to Princeton but left to become an actor. A year later he was spotted in summer stock and r eceived a contract offer from 20th Century-Fox.

World War II intervened; he enlisted an Infantry Private and rose to Major. Though later signed by Fox and then Warner, he was too tall for supporting parts and too unknown for leads. Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) (RKO) provided his first starring role.

After five Tarzans he went into other adventure films. After 16 non-Tarzan films, mostly westerns, he went to Europe in 1957 (he spoke French, Spanish, Italian and German). He went on to make more than 50 more films all over the world: Brazil, Germany, Spain, Yugoslavia, Italy, Lebanon, France.

He became very popular in Germany because of his role as "Old Shatterhand", "Kara Ben Nemsi" and "Dr. Karl Sternau" in the movies based on books written by Karl May, who is a very popular author for adventure literature in Germany. Nearly every child in Germany knows some of his books. He won Germany's Bambi Award as Best Foreign Actor of 1966.

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Birth Name : Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr.
Nickname : Sexy Lexy
Height : 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Date of Death : 11 May 1973, New York City, New York, USA (heart attack)

Why do we like Lex Barker?

We like Lex Barker because of his first starring role in 'Tarzan's Magic Fountain'.

Why is Lex Barker famous?

Lex Barker is famous because of his role as "Old Shatterhand"

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Tarzan and the Slave Girl
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No Questions Asked
Battles of Chief Pontiac
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Tarzan and the She-Devil
Thunder Over the Plains
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I misteri della giungla nera
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The Yellow Mountain
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Duel on the Mississippi
The Man from Bitter Ridge
Away All Boats
The Price of Fear
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Jungle Heat
The Deerslayer
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The Girl in Black Stockings
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The Girl in the Kremlin
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Category: Actors  - ( Actors Archive)

Date Added: 30 September '09

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