Roy Barcroft Overview:

Character actor, Roy Barcroft, was born Howard Clifford Ravenscroft on Sep 7, 1902 in Crab Orchard, NE. Barcroft died at the age of 67 on Nov 28, 1969 in Woodland Hills, CA .

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Mary Cook: How did you get so many people to attend our dance?
Gil Carse: They all owe me money or hope to.


Sidney Brand: I've often wondered how you change from one person into another.
Capt. Mephisto: No doubt you have. I'll tell you this much. The appearance of human beings' stature, complexion and pigmentation is controlled by the molecular arrangement of the blood corpuscles. I have found a means of altering that arrangment.
Sidney Brand: I understand.
Capt. Mephisto: If I thought you really did, I'd *kill* you!


[commenting on Caroline's half-burned stagecoach, which has been "repaired" with oilskin and wallpaper]
Dude Elliott: If you see that patchwork on the road, don't let it pass you - it might scare the horses.


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Roy Barcroft Facts
Barcroft was such a fixture in low budget westerns that as soon as his face appeared on screen, every kid in the audience knew who the bad guy was. Of course, it took the good guy 60 minutes to figure it out.

During his years as a freelance, Barcroft became such an asset as the villian in low budget westerns that in 1943 Republic signed him to an exclusive ten year contract.

Barcroft claimed that his favorite role was as the reincarnated pirate Captain Mephisto in the non-western Republic serial Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945). Also among his favorites were the serials The Purple Monster Strikes (1945) and Haunted Harbor (1944).

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