Barnett Parker

Barnett Parker

Within the British colony of expatriate actors in Hollywood during the 1930's, Barnett Parker, born 11 September 1886, in Batley, Yorkshire, England, was among the most stereotypical. Harrowgate College-educated, straight-backed, balding and well-intoned, Parker caricatured a multitude of unctuous, stiff-upper-lip butlers, man-servants or waiters, though his performances could, at times, verge on the brink of being camp. When driven to frustration his characters commonly resorted to incoherent twitter or wild gesticulation. Parker was trained under Marie Tempest and George Alexander in England. He first acted on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre as Wilfred Tavish in Arthur Wing Pinero's "The "Mind the Paint" Girl" in 1912. He was well served with further roles in hit plays like "Hobson's Choice" (1915), "Artists and Models" (1924) and "The Red Robe" (1928). He was at first prone to reject film offers, professing to favor acting on stage. Nonetheless, the celluloid medium eventually beckoned, enticing him to sign with the East Coast-based studio Thanhouser in 1915. He worked in films during the daytime (while treading the boards at night) and quickly landed a plum role as a weak socialite, rescuing Gladys Hulette in Prudence, the Pirate (1916). He was seldom thereafter afforded the opportunity for heroic acts. During the 1930's, he was primarily in demand for small roles as dandified or 'silly ass' Britishers, giving value for money in films like Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Personal Property (1937), Live, Love and Learn (1937) and Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937). Looking rather older than his years, Barnett Parker died at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles after multiple heart attacks on August 5, 1941.
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    Acting
    Place of birth
    Batley, Yorkshire, England, UK
    Birthday
    9/10/1886
Double Wedding
Double Wedding
6.5
At the Circus
At the Circus
6.3
The Reluctant Dragon
The Reluctant Dragon
6.6
Personal Property
Personal Property
6.9
Broadway Melody of 1938
Broadway Melody of 1938
6.3
Born to Dance
Born to Dance
6
The Emperor's Candlesticks
The Emperor's Candlesticks
5.2
Listen, Darling
Listen, Darling
6.5
Tall, Dark and Handsome
Tall, Dark and Handsome
5.4
The President's Mystery
The President's Mystery
5.3
Married Before Breakfast
Married Before Breakfast
5
The Girl Downstairs
The Girl Downstairs
4.5
He Married His Wife
He Married His Wife
5.1
Wake Up and Live
Wake Up and Live
5.3
Hold That Kiss
Hold That Kiss
6.5
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
6.5
Sally, Irene and Mary
Sally, Irene and Mary
6
Live, Love and Learn
Live, Love and Learn
5.8
We Who Are About to Die
We Who Are About to Die
6.8
Ready, Willing and Able
Ready, Willing and Able
5
Navy Blue and Gold
Navy Blue and Gold
5.9
Babes in Arms
Babes in Arms
6.4
Espionage
Espionage
6.5
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
7.5
Libeled Lady
Libeled Lady
7.3
She Married a Cop
She Married a Cop
5
Hotel for Women
Hotel for Women
6
A Girl's Best Years
A Girl's Best Years
5
Love Is a Headache
Love Is a Headache
5.7
One Night in the Tropics
One Night in the Tropics
5.6
Hullabaloo
Hullabaloo
4
La Conga Nights
La Conga Nights
7.5
Dangerous Number
Dangerous Number
5
New Wine
New Wine
0
Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
6.2
Roaming Lady
Roaming Lady
5
Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.6
Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.6
8.8
The Big Parade of Comedy
The Big Parade of Comedy
6.3
A Man Betrayed
A Man Betrayed
5.5
Prudence the Pirate
Prudence the Pirate
0
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
6
The General Died at Dawn
The General Died at Dawn
6.1
Kisses for Breakfast
Kisses for Breakfast
5.5
The Flight of the Duchess
The Flight of the Duchess
0
The Misleading Lady
The Misleading Lady
0
The Traffic Cop
0
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