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Subject: Actor Lex Barker was born 100 years ago today (died 1973)


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Date Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 12:31:17pm
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Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr.
Date of birth... May 8, 1919
Rye, New York
Date of death: May 11, 1973
New York, New York, USA. (heart attack)

Lex Barker was a direct descendant of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and of Sir 'William Henry Crichlow', historical governor-general of Barbados.

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 received 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.

Biography by Ed Stephan from the Internet Database website.)

Lex Barker was married five times (the same number of Janes in his Tarzan films) to Constance Thurlow, Arlene Dahl, Lana Turner, Irene Labhart and Carmen "Tita" Cervera and had three children.

He was even considered for the part of Superman which went to George Reeves. His career had many highs and lows and Lex could speak five languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian and German).

But he will live on in the minds of his fans all over the world.

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According to Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane, Lex Barker, who was married to Lana at the time [1953-57], molested/raped her around age 10 to 13. ...LinkWednesday, May 08, 01:04:17pm


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