Roy Barcroft

About Roy Barcroft

Who is it?: Actor
Birth Day: September 07, 1902
Birth Place:  Crab Orchard, Nebraska, United States
Cause of death: Kidney cancer
Other names: Big Roy, Roy Bancroft, Howard Clifford Ravenscroft
Occupation: Film, stage, television actor
Years active: 1937–1969
Spouse(s): Hortense Flanagan (1930) Vera Thompson (1932-1969) (his death)

Roy Barcroft

Roy Barcroft was born on September 07, 1902 in  Crab Orchard, Nebraska, United States, is Actor. After serving in World War I, Roy Barcroft spent most of the 1920s and early 1930s moving from job to job. It was in the 1930s, after he moved to California with his wife, that he found his calling while acting in amateur theatrical productions. In 1937 he was appearing in bit parts in various genres, but by 1938 he was in westerns, where he became a well-known (and memorable) "heavy". Roy would alternate among Monogram, Universal, Columbia and other studios. In 1943, however, he signed an exclusive ten-year contract with Republic Pictures and became the convincing, and tireless, menace to all the good people in the West. He also did more than sneer at the likes of Don 'Red' Barry, Bill Elliot, Sunset Carson and Allan Lane. Roy acted in The Fighting Seabees (1944), which starred John Wayne. He was the Purple Martian in The Purple Monster Strikes (1945) and Capt. Mephisto in Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945), and who can forget his Retik, The Moon Menace. from the classic Radar Men from the Moon (1952)? Roy even played the good-natured marshal in Oklahoma! (1955). It was westerns, though, that were his bread and butter, and he knocked out a lot of them over the years. Outlaws of Cherokee Trail (1941), Riders of the Rio Grande (1943) and Sun Valley Cyclone (1946) were but a few of the "B" westerns Roy turned out. Off-screen, he was known as one of the nicest, kindest and most helpful people anyone would want to meet, with a terrific sense of humor. More than once, many a leading hero type such as Barry or Elliot would find that their hairpieces would mysteriously disappear before they were to put them on prior to shooting. When the era of the "B" westerns started to fade out, Roy's volume of work also slowed. He appeared in a handful of films, but his movie career had stalled by the end of 1957. He moved into the small screen with roles in TV westerns and also a recurring role in the Walt Disney production of The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955). In the early 1960s he worked in a couple of movies, but his resurgence began in the mid-'60s when he appeared in low-budget films like Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966). Roy would make some better films, such as Texas Across the River (1966) and The Reivers (1969).
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As per our current Database, Roy Barcroft has been died on November 28, 1969(1969-11-28) (aged 67)\nWoodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S..

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When Roy Barcroft die, Roy Barcroft was 67 years old.

Popular As Roy Barcroft
Occupation Actor
Age 67 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born September 07, 1902 ( Crab Orchard, Nebraska, United States)
Birthday September 07
Town/City  Crab Orchard, Nebraska, United States
Nationality United States

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Roy Barcroft’s zodiac sign is Libra. According to astrologers, People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful, fair, and they hate being alone. Partnership is very important for them, as their mirror and someone giving them the ability to be the mirror themselves. These individuals are fascinated by balance and symmetry, they are in a constant chase for justice and equality, realizing through life that the only thing that should be truly important to themselves in their own inner core of personality. This is someone ready to do nearly anything to avoid conflict, keeping the peace whenever possible

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Roy Barcroft was born in the Year of the Tiger. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger are authoritative, self-possessed, have strong leadership qualities, are charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, highly seductive, moody, intense, and they’re ready to pounce at any time. Compatible with Horse or Dog.

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Barcroft was born Howard Harold Ravenscroft to a farming family in Crab Orchard, Nebraska, in 1902.


In 1917, at the age of 15, he joined the United States Army during World War I to fight in France, where he was wounded in action. After leaving the military, he drifted through several jobs (including ranch hand, roughneck, railroad worker and seaman) before reenlisting and being stationed in Hawaii.


In 1929, he moved to California and worked as an extra and as a salesman. He was discovered while acting in an amateur theatre production (a hobby which he took up to improve his speaking voice as a salesman) and cast in the serial S.O.S. Coast Guard (which followed his appearances in Flash Gordon (1936) and The President's Mystery (1936)). He worked for many studios in the years that followed until 1943, when he signed an exclusive 10-year contract with Republic. Under this contract, he starred in almost 150 films and serials, becoming instantly recognized as the villain to the audiences of the day.


Barcroft married Vera Thompson in 1932, and they had two children.


His career slowed with the decline of B-Westerns, but he found work in television and B-Movies during the 1950s and 1960s. Between 1955 and 1957, he became familiar to a new generation of youthful audiences, not as a villain but as "Col. Jim Logan", the kindly owner of the Triple-R Boys' Ranch in the hit television serials Spin and Marty, seen on Walt Disney's celebrated Mickey Mouse Club. A DVD version of the 1955 season, The Adventures of Spin & Marty, was released in 2005 as part of the Walt Disney Treasures series.


From 1954 to 1956, Barcroft appeared in different roles in eight episodes of the syndicated western series Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis and Brad Johnson. He also played the bit role of the marshal in the 1955 film adaptation of Oklahoma!.


On May 23, 1961, Barcroft played Doc Longley in the episode "Badge of the Outsider" on NBC's Laramie western series. Longley is an aging outlaw who wants to live his last years in peace in his hometown of Laramie, Wyoming. A gang member frames Longley for the murder of the deputy sheriff in Laramie. Longley claims most of the wanted posters seeking him are based on falsehood, and he asks series character Slim Sherman (John Smith) for help. Then he claims harm will come to Slim's partner, Jess Harper (Robert Fuller), if Slim refuses to comply. Longley surrenders to authorities, but a judge claims Longley must "prove his innocence" in the case. Longley's gang springs him from jail when the hearing goes against him, but the gang is interested in Longley's money, not Longley's own fate. Paul Fix also appears in this episode.


Barcroft was cast in the 1967 episode "Halo for a Badman" of the syndicated western series, Death Valley Days, as the mayor of Las Animas, Colorado. He hires an ex-convict, Porter Stockman, played by series host Robert Taylor, to stand up to an outlaw gang which has robbed every gold shipment coming into town.


Barcroft died of kidney cancer at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in 1969. His body was donated to medical science.


In marked contrast to his villainous movie persona, Barcroft off-screen "had a reputation as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood," said Leonard Maltin in 2005.

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