Jess Barker

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Jess Barker
Jess Barker in Scarlet Street.jpg
Born(1912-06-04)June 4, 1912
DiedAugust 8, 2000(2000-08-08) (aged 88)
Years active1943–1977
Spouse(s)Susan Hayward (1944–1954)

Jess Barker (June 4, 1912 – August 8, 2000) was an American film actor of the 1930s and 1940s. He is probably most famous for being the first husband of actress Susan Hayward.[1]

Early years[edit]

Barker was born in Greenville, South Carolina.[2]


Barker began his film career credited as Philip Barker until changing his stage name to Jess Barker in the early 1940s.

Barker's movie career was damaged because of the publicity resulting from a custody dispute, but he still managed to find work as an actor on radio and films in supporting roles. Barker appeared in Scarlet Street (1945) and the Abbott and Costello film The Time of Their Lives (1946). He also made two guest appearances on Perry Mason. In 1961 he played defendant Walter Eastman in "The Case of the Injured Innocent," and in 1965 he played Doug Hamilton in "The Case of the Murderous Mermaid."

Personal life[edit]

Barker wed Hayward on July 23, 1944.[3] They had twin sons together during their ten-year marriage, whose custody was won by Hayward after a bitter court battle.

In 1956, Barker lost a paternity suit in Los Angeles. Judge Walter H. Odemar ruled that Barker was the father of Morgana, a daughter born to actress Yvonne Doughty.[4] He died of liver failure.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Merd Falin
1943 Good Luck, Mr. Yates Oliver B. Yates
1943 Government Girl Dana McGuire
1944 Cover Girl John Coudair as a Young Man
1944 Jam Session George Carter Haven
1944 She's a Soldier Too Dr. Bill White
1945 Keep Your Powder Dry Junior Vanderheusen
1945 Senorita from the West Tim Winters
1945 This Love of Ours Chadwick
1945 The Daltons Ride Again Jeff Colton
1945 Scarlet Street Damon Janeway
1946 Girl on the Spot Rick Crane
1946 Idea Girl Larry Brewster
1946 The Time of Their Lives Thomas Danbury
1949 Take One False Step Arnold Sykes
1949 Reign of Terror Saint Just
1950 The Milkman John Carter
1953 Marry Me Again Jenkins
1954 Dragonfly Squadron Dixon
1955 Kentucky Rifle Daniel Foster
1955 Shack Out on 101 Artie
1956 Three Bad Sisters George Gurney
1956 The Peacemaker Ed Halcomb
1964 Night Walker Malone
1968 The Green Berets Soldier Uncredited
1975 Murph the Surf Museum Guard
1977 Sudden Death (final film role)


  1. ^ "Persuaded Barker to Marry Her---Hayward". The Bakersfield Californian. June 18, 1954. p. 26. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M. III (2001). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2000: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 14–15. ISBN 9780786452057. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Susan Hayward and Jess Barker Wedded". The Piqua Daily Call. July 24, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Actor Jess Barker Loses Court Fight In Paternity Suit". Moberly Monitor-Index. December 28, 1956. p. 8. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via open access publication – free to read

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