Bruno Barnabe was born in London on 3 April 1905. His parents were Louis Vincent Barnabe and Tina Barnabe (née Bendi). He married Avice Landone, who died in 1976. He trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he studied mime under Theodore Komisarjevsky. Barnabe served with the British Armed Forces from 1942 through 1946. He died in June 1998.
Bruno Barnabe made his first stage appearance on 4 April 1927 playing a wedding guest in The Dybbuk at the Royalty Theatre. In October 1928, Barnabe traveled to Egypt as a member of a Shakespearean company led by Robert Atkins. The following year he traveled to the United States with Ben Greet; during this trip he portrayed Everyman at Columbia University, which marked his first stage appearance in New York City. His first and only appearance on Broadway came in 1935 in the original production of Escape Me Never at the Shubert Theatre. In 1937, Barnabe went on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in a company led by Fay Compton. Other major venues at which Barnabe appeared include the Criterion Theatre, the Q Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Windsor.
Bruno Barnabe appeared in films as early as 1927 and appeared on television as early as 1937. He appeared on numerous television shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including Maigret, Danger Island and The Troubleshooters. Films in which Barnabe acted include Man in the Shadow (1957), Pit of Darkness (1961), The Mummy's Shroud (1967), and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). He also appeared in a television adaptation of King Richard the Second in 1978.
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- Bruno Barnabe at the Internet Movie Database
- Bruno Barnabe at the Internet Broadway Database