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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The tall, solid, dark-haired, often mustachioed western villain who always looked as if he meant business, Barcroft's florid features were probably punched more often by cowboy heroes, especially in Republic 'B' features of the 1940s, than those of any other actor. After service in World War I, the man from Crab Orchard, Nebraska, or Weeping Water, Texas (according to which biographer you believe) tried a career as a clarinetist before settling into scores of films. In later years, he grew a bushy white beard for more sympathetic character roles. An infected leg wound led to his death from cancer.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

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Roy Barcroft Quotes:

Trent Parker: Why that's wholesale claim jumping!
Ben Jode: Let's dispense with that term, Parker. I prefer to call it land promotion.


Brett Starr: [Brett and Gabby confront three men stealing dresses from Mary's shop] Hey, hasn't a lady got any rights around here?
Clay brother, Jed Crowley, Clay brother: Huh?
Saloon boss: Well, I'll tell you, stranger, it's every man *and* woman for himself here. We ain't had a sheriff in a month!


Gil Carse: Anything's legal until you get caught!


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Roy Barcroft Facts
Although Barcroft's birth name is usually given as Howard Clifford Ravenscroft, both the California Death Index and the 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. Census list him as Howard H. Ravenscroft.

Barcroft patterned his screen persona after Harry Woods, one of the movies' greatest villains. He even tried to imitate Woods' voice. Barcroft's on-screen voice was different from the one he always used when in front of the camera. (Revealed by his friend Clayton Moore in his autobiography, "I Was That Masked Man")

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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