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|Born||Patrick David Barr
13 February 1908
|Died||29 August 1985
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Anne "Jean" Williams|
Born in Akola, India, Patrick Barr 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).
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 Randall & Hopkirk Deceased 1968 episode "You can always find a fallguy" (1955), Saint Joan (1957), Next to Next Time (1960), Billy Liar (1963), The First Great Train Robbery (1979) and Octopussy (1983). He also appeared in Doctor Who in 1967 as Hobson in the serial entitled The Moonbase; and appeared once in The Avengers. In the 1981 BBC4 radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Barr voiced the role of Gamling.
Patrick Barr died in London in 1985 at the age of 77. His interment was in England.