Legendary actor, Lex Barker, was born Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr. on May 8, 1919 in Rye, NY. Barker appeared in over 80 film and TV roles. His best known films include his five Tarzan films: Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949), Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950), Tarzan's Peril (1951), Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952), and Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953). A few of his smaller roles and bit parts include Olaf Holstrom in The Farmer's Daughter (1947, starring Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten), and the Carpenter Foreman in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948, starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy).
Barker was a direct descendant of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and of Sir William Henry Crichlow, historical governor general of Barbados. Barker died at the age of 54 on May 11, 1973 in New York City, NY .
A stolid leading man with a somewhat cool personality, Lex Barker was picked to take over the Tarzan role from Johnny Weissmuller. He quit, however, after five films because of scarcity of dialogue, and he never rose above action movies. He was married to actresses Arlene Dahl (1951-1952) and Lana Turner (1953-1957), his second and third of five wives.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
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Barker was never nominated for an Academy Award.