Ray Barrett


Image courtesy Cameron's Management Pty Ltd

Brisbane-born, award-winning, Australian actor Ray Barrett died on 8th September aged 82. His career covered some 70 years and included film, theatre and television performances both in Australia and in the United Kingdom. During the 1960's he was a popular leading-man on British television. One highlight was his leading role in The Troubleshooter (1966-72) and another his voice-overs for the cult series Thunderbirds (the countdown and the voice of the old dowager).

In Australia, Barrett appeared in such classic films as The Sundowners (1959), The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (1977) for which he won and AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor, and most recently Baz Luhrmann's Australia. He also appeared in two film adaptations of David Williamson plays - Don's Party (1975) and Brilliant Lies (1995), both of which he had previously performed on stage. Apparently Barrett had taken some poetic license when performing in Don's Party in the UK, because when Bruce Beresford contacted him to see if he'd take a role in the film version, Beresford added one condition, saying that the playwright wanted his original lines back. Barrett's response was that, as he knew all the jokes, he would be happy to play any of the roles in the film.

As with film and theatre, his television credits are too numerous to mention here but many will remember him from
All Saints.

Amongst his many other accolades, Barrett was presented with the Raymond Longford Award in 2005 for outstanding achievement and service to the Australian Film and Television industry.

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