Jess Barker

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Jess Barker
Jess Barker in Scarlet Street.jpg
Born (1912-06-04)June 4, 1912
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Died August 8, 2000(2000-08-08) (aged 88)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1943–1977
Spouse(s) Susan Hayward (1944-1954)
Children Timothy & Gregory Barker (b. 1945)

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.

Paternity suit[edit]

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]

Partial Filmography[edit]


  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. ^ 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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