Scarlet Street (1945)
|Died||August 8, 2000 (aged 88)|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Hayward (1944–1954)|
Barker was born in Greenville, South Carolina.
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."
Barker wed Hayward on July 23, 1944. They had twin sons together during their ten-year marriage, whose custody was won by Hayward after a bitter court battle.
|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|
|1955||Kentucky Rifle||Daniel Foster|
|1955||Shack Out on 101||Artie|
|1956||Three Bad Sisters||George Gurney|
|1956||The Peacemaker||Ed Halcomb|
|1968||The Green Berets||Soldier||Uncredited|
|1975||Murph the Surf||Museum Guard|
|1977||Sudden Death||(final film role)|
- "Persuaded Barker to Marry Her---Hayward". The Bakersfield Californian. June 18, 1954. p. 26. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- 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.
- "Susan Hayward and Jess Barker Wedded". The Piqua Daily Call. July 24, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Actor Jess Barker Loses Court Fight In Paternity Suit". Moberly Monitor-Index. December 28, 1956. p. 8. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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