Job Film, stage, television actor
Years active 1937-1969
Top Roles Marshal, Saloon Boss, Poli's Driver, Oil Worker on Train, Mechanical Man Attraction Hawker
Top GenresWestern, Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Crime
Top TopicsSpies, Civil War, World War II
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Director), (Director)
Shares birthday with Elia Kazan, Peter Lawford, Roscoe Karns  see more..

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 .


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:

[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.

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

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

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Roy Barcroft Facts
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).

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.

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