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Ray Barrett

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Raymond Charles "Ray" Barrett 2 May 1927 – 8 September 2009 was an Australian actor During the 1960s, he was a leading actor on British television, where he was best known for his appearances in The Troubleshooters 1965–71 From the 1970s, he appeared in lead and character roles in a number of Australian films and TV series


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Acting career
    • 21 United Kingdom
    • 22 Australia
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Filmography
    • 41 Film
    • 42 Television
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Barrett was born in Brisbane, Queensland and was educated at Windsor State Primary School and at Brisbane State High School Fascinated by radio from an early age, he won an on-air talent competition in 1939, at the age of 12: an eisteddfod that was broadcast on 4BH radio, with a musical monologue about a dog called "Paddy" This was to place him on a path different from his dream of becoming a boat-builder In 1949, Barrett was initiated into Freemasonry as an initiate and member of Empire Lodge #197 of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland

Acting career

United Kingdom

Ray Barrett first appeared on radio in Brisbane, and later in Sydney, to which he moved in 1954 In 1957, he moved to England, where his background as a singer earned him a part in a revue alongside Beryl Reid, Patrick Wymark and Sheila Hancock

Due to his "tough looks", Barrett was given character and "tough guy" roles from an unusually young age In England, he played one of the lead roles in the TV series Emergency – Ward 10 and later one of the main characters, the hard-nosed oil worker Peter Thornton, in the long-running BBC series The Troubleshooters

He also provided the voice of several characters in Gerry Anderson-produced "Supermarionation" series of the 1960s: Commander Shore and Titan in Stingray 1964–65 and later John Tracy, the Hood and various extras in Thunderbirds 1965–66 Also in 1965, he appeared as Bennett/Koquillion in the Doctor Who serial The Rescue


In later years, Barrett starred in many well-known film and TV roles in his native Australia, living on Stradbroke Island, Queensland during the 1970s He appeared as the Prime Minister a character who is assassinated in Burn the Butterflies, and as a miner in Golden Soak In 1980, he played the part of the controversial Australian historical figure Governor Bligh in the ABC Television production The Timeless Land He had secondary roles in many other productions, including Something in the Air

Barrett also appeared in such films as Don's Party and The Carmakers about the 1973 release of the Leyland P76 car, co-starring Noel Ferrier and Nick Tate In 2005, he received an Australian Film Institute Longford Life Achievement Award


Barrett died on 8 September 2009 at the Gold Coast Hospital in Southport, Queensland, aged 82, after suffering a brain haemorrhage His final acting appearance had been in the 2008 film Australia He was married three times, and left three children



  • The Desperate Women 1954 as Agent
  • The Sundowners 1960 uncredited
  • Touch of Death 1961 as Maxwell
  • Time to Remember 1962 as Sammy
  • Mix Me a Person 1962 as Insp Wagstaffe
  • Jigsaw 1962 as Sgt Gorman
  • Moment of Decision 1962 Third episode in the Scales of Justice series
  • To Have and to Hold 1963 as Henry Fraser
  • 80,000 Suspects 1963 as Health Inspector Bennett
  • Valley of the Kings 1964 as Mr Marsh
  • The Reptile 1966 as Harry George Spalding
  • Thunderbirds Are GO 1966 as John Tracy / The Hood voice
  • Just Like a Woman 1967 as Australian
  • Revenge 1971 as Harry
  • Peer Gynt 1972 as Button moulder
  • Little Laura and Big John 1973 as Cates
  • The Amorous Milkman 1975 as John
  • The Hostages 1975 as Joe Blake
  • Arena 1976 as Col Burrows
  • Don's Party 1976 as Mal
  • Let the Balloon Go 1976 as Dr McLeod
  • No Room to Run 1978 as Jack Deakin
  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 1978 as Farrell
  • Tim 1979 as Man outside hotel uncredited
  • The Earthling 1980 as Parnell
  • Departmental 1980
  • A Shifting Dreaming 1982
  • A Dangerous Summer 1982 as FCO Webster
  • Goodbye Paradise 1983 as Michael Stacy
  • Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen 1984 as Cole
  • Conferenceville 1984
  • The Empty Beach 1985 as MacLeary
  • Rebel 1985 as Bubbles
  • Relatives 1985 as Geoffrey
  • Frenchman's Farm 1987 as Harry Benson
  • Contagion 1987 as Bael
  • As Time Goes By 1988 as JL Weston
  • Prisoners of the Sun 1990 as President of the Bench
  • Waiting 1991 as Frank
  • No Worries 1994 as Old Burkey
  • Hotel Sorrento 1995 as Wal Moynihan
  • Dad and Dave: On Our Selection 1995 as Dwyer
  • Asian Connection: Old Flames 1995
  • Brilliant Lies 1996 as Brian Connor
  • Hotel de Love 1996 as Jack Dunne
  • Heaven's Burning 1997 as Cam
  • In the Winter Dark 1998 as Maurice Stubbs
  • Deluge 1999
  • Dalkeith 2002 as Tarquin St John Smythe
  • Visitors 2003 as Bill Perry
  • Australia 2008 as Ramsden final film role


  • The Adventures of Long John Silver 1957 as Paul
  • Educating Archie 1959 as Ray
  • Armchair Mystery Theatre 1960 as Detectve-Sergeant Cullen
  • Armchair Theatre 1960–62 as Alan Whint / Donnie / Ben
  • Emergency – Ward 10 1960–61 as Dr Don Nolan
  • Out of This World 1962 as Dr Alan Whint
  • Man of the World 1962 as Charlie West
  • The Avengers 1963 as Strong
  • Z Cars 1963 as Len Wilson
  • ITV Playhouse 1963 as Larry Ransome
  • The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre 1962–63 as Sgt Henry Fraser / Sammy
  • First Night 1963 as Frank Angelo
  • ITV Play of the Week 1963–64 as Sergeant Weston / Jack Bailey
  • Ghost Squad 1963–64 as Peter Clarke / Mr Hicks
  • The Saint 1964 as Willie Kinsall
  • The Brothers Karamazov 1964–65 as Mitya Karamazov
  • Doctor Who 1965 as Bennett / Koquillion
  • Thursday Theatre 1965 as Jacko
  • Stingray 1964–65 as Commander Sam Shore / Sub-Lieutenant John Horatio Fisher / King Titan voice
  • Drama 61-67 1962–1965 as Captain Murchison
  • BBC Play of the Month 1965 as Knight
  • Blackmail 1965 as Patek
  • Gideon CID 1965
  • No Hiding Place 1963–65 as Johnny Crown / Larry Hobbs
  • The Spies 1966 as Walker
  • The Man in Room 17 1966 as Al Gover
  • Thunderbirds 1965–66 as John Tracy / The Hood / Lieutenant Burroughs / Various Characters voice
  • Till Death Us Do Part 1967
  • The Corbett Follies 1969
  • Mogul 1965–72 as Peter Thornton
  • Public Eye 1972 as Melville Hayden-Peters
  • Barlow at Large 1974 as Johnny Duchene
  • The Adventures of Black Beauty 1974 as T Otis Waygood
  • Dixon of Dock Green 1964–74 as Phil Burgh / Nat Singer
  • Colditz 1974 as Flt Lt Jack Collins
  • The Double Dealers 1974 as Geoffrey Burch
  • Churchill's People 1975 as Leo Hennessey
  • The Outsiders 1976 as Harry
  • Run from the Morning 1978
  • Golden Soak 1979 as Alec Hamilton
  • Burn the Butterflies 1979 as Prime Minister
  • The Timeless Land 1980 as Gov Bligh
  • Levkas Man 1981
  • Sporting Chance 1981 as Robbo
  • The Last Bastion 1984 as Gen Tom Blamey
  • Five Mile Creek 1984 as Harry
  • Waterfront 1984 as Sam Elliott
  • The Flying Doctors 1986 as Frank Watson
  • Tusitala 1986 as Harry Moors
  • The Challenge 1986 as Robert McCullough
  • GP 1989 as Rex Mitchell
  • The Paper Man 1990 as Maurice Grimm
  • Correlli 1995 as Harry Powell
  • Bordertown 1995 as Colonel Forsythe
  • Fire 1996 as Charles
  • Adrenaline Junkies 1997
  • Something in the Air 2000 as Len Taylor
  • Stingers 2000 as Mr Rafferty
  • White Collar Blue 2003 as Barry Hill
  • After the Deluge 2003 as Old Cliff Kirby
  • All Saints 2004 as Doc Connelly


  1. ^ http://wwwtheaustraliancomau/arts/film/ray-barrett-led-an-actors-life-with-few-regrets/story-e6frg8pf-1225770720891
  2. ^ http://wwwtelegraphcouk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/6159604/Veteran-Australian-actor-Ray-Barrett-dieshtml
  3. ^ http://wwwtheaustraliancomau/arts/film/ray-barrett-led-an-actors-life-with-few-regrets/story-e6frg8pf-1225770720891
  4. ^ a b c The Timeless Land, TV guide compiled by Kate Reid, photographs by Martin Webby, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 56 pp, Sydney, 1980 ISBN 0-642-97469-1
  5. ^ Howson, Spencer: Ray Barrett's Dr Who Episodes Released on DVD, ABC Radio, 11 May 2009
  6. ^ AFI Raymond Longford Award Archived 20 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Film Institute
  7. ^ Veteran Actor Ray Barrett Dies at 82, Herald Sun, 8 September 2009

External links

  • Ray Barrett on IMDb
  • Ray Barrett at the National Film and Sound Archive
  • Obituary in The Daily Telegraph
  • Obituary in The Independent

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