Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Remembering Barta Barri

Bernabé Barta Barri was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary on August 16, 1911. Before entering films Barta was a dancer and circus performer. During a tour with the circus he fell in love with Spain and decided to settle there. He quickly found work in films as a character actor usually billed as Barta Barri or Barta Barry and once as New Fuzzy. He appeared in over 100 film and TV appearances starting in 1949 with "La familia Vila" and his resume included such films as "Brigada Criminal" (1950), "The Pride and the Passion" (1957), "Las Chicas de la Cruz Roja" (1958), "The Son of Captain Blood" (1962), "Estambul 65" (1965), "The Lost Command" (1966), "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971), "The Three Musketeers" (1973) and "Serpiente de Mar" (1984). He appeared in 25 Euro-westerns beginning with "La montaña sin ley" (1953) to "The Black Wolf" (1981). Some of his best known westerns were "Gunfight at Red Sands" (1963), "Son of a Gunfighter" (1965), "The Big Gundown" (1966), "A Man Called Sledge" and "Cannon for Cordoba" (both 1970), "Red Sun" (1971), "The Man Called Noon" (1973), "The Stranger and the Gunfighter" (1974). Barta’s last appearance was in 1986's "Las tribulaciones de un Buda Bizco". Barri passed away on December 7, 2003 in Madrid, Spain. Today we remember Barta Barri on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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