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Patrick David Barr (13 February 1908 – 29 August 1985)[1] was an English film and television actor.

Patrick Barr
Actor Patrick Barr.jpg
Born Patrick David Barr
(1908-02-13)13 February 1908
Akola, British India
Died 29 August 1985(1985-08-29) (aged 77)
Wandsworth, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1932–1985
Spouse(s) Anne "Jean" Williams
Children Belinda Barr



Born in Akola, British India in 1908,[1] Barr was educated at Radley College and Trinity College, Oxford, where he rowed in the 1929 Boat Race and was awarded a Blue.[2] He went from stage to screen with The Merry Men of Sherwood (1932). He spent the 1930s playing various beneficent authority figures and "reliable friend" types. As a conscientious objector during the Second World War, Barr helped people in the Blitz in London's East End before serving with the Friends Ambulance Unit in Africa. There he met his wife Anne "Jean" Williams, marrying her after ten days; it would have been sooner, but they had to get permission from London. They stayed together ever afterwards.

In 1946, he picked up where he left off, and in the early 1950s, he began working in British television, attaining popularity that had undeservedly eluded him while playing supporting parts in such films as The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940) and The Blue Lagoon (1949).[3]

This latter-day fame enabled Barr to insist upon better roles and command a higher salary for his films of the 1950s and 1960s: among the films in which he appeared during this period were The Dam Busters (1955), Room in the House (1955), Saint Joan (1957), Next to Next Time (1960), Billy Liar (1963), The First Great Train Robbery (1979) and Octopussy (1983). On television, he appeared in Doctor Who in 1967 as Hobson in the serial entitled The Moonbase; in the 1970 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) episode "You Can Always Find a Fall Guy" and appeared once in The Avengers.[4] In the 1981 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Barr voiced the role of Gamling.[5]

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