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  • BIRTH 26/01/1918
  • DEATH 06/01/1998
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 3
  • MOVIES 20

Walter Barnes

Walter Lee Barnes was an American football guard and actor who played in National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. He played in the (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles and in college at Louisiana State University. Barnes was an actor in both American and European films. He appeared in several films with John Wayne, Lex Barker, and Clint Eastwood.

Barnes entered acting after appearing several times on The Eagles Nest, a local Philadelphia television show. WCAU television placed him on several local shows. His contacts with Walt Silver, a producer for Warner Bros. Television, led him into several appearances on television and films. Some of his more notable appearances included Bronco, Gunsmoke, Cheyenne, Bonanza, Have Gun – Will Travel and Death Valley Days. John Wayne got him a small role as Charlie the Bartender in Rio Bravo.

Tiring of small roles and seeing opportunities overseas, Barnes was one of the many American actors who moved to Italy in the early 1960s. Kirk Douglas recommended him for a role in his The Vikings television spinoff Tales of the Vikings that was filmed for Douglas's production company in Germany. From 1960 to 1969, he was first active in pirate movies, then Karl May film adaptations and Spaghetti Westerns.

Barnes returned to the United States in 1969 and appeared in more films and television series, which included The High Chaparral. His friendship with Clint Eastwood on Rawhide later led him to several roles in Eastwood's films. He retired from acting in 1987 and became increasingly ill due to his diabetes. He was the father of German former actress Lara Wendel, who was born Daniela Barnes.

Walter Barnes

Shows (3)

North and South
North and South
Benny Haven
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Burke / Haney / O' Dell
The High Chaparral
The High Chaparral
Bartender

Movies (20)

Pete's Dragon
Pete's Dragon
Captain
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
Charlie (uncredited)
High Plains Drifter
High Plains Drifter
Sheriff Sam Shaw
Escape to Witch Mountain
Escape to Witch Mountain
Sheriff Purdy
Bronco Billy
Bronco Billy
Sheriff Dix
Every Which Way but Loose
Every Which Way but Loose
Tank Murdock
Cahill: United States Marshal
Cahill: United States Marshal
Sheriff Grady
Il segno di zorro
Il segno di zorro
Mario
La resa dei conti
La resa dei conti
Brokston
Oregon Passage
Oregon Passage
Sgt. Jed Erschick
Westbound
Westbound
Willis - Stage Depot Cook
Giarrettiera Colt
Giarrettiera Colt
General Droga
Revolt in the Big House
Revolt in the Big House
Guard Capt. Starkey
Winnetou 1
Winnetou 1
Bill Jones
Daddy's Deadly Darling
Daddy's Deadly Darling
Doctor
Il ratto delle sabine
Il ratto delle sabine
Stilicone
Day of the Animals
Day of the Animals
Ranger Tucker
La più grande rapina del west
La più grande rapina del west
Key Jarrett / Clay Thomas
Robin Hood e i pirati
Robin Hood e i pirati
Guercio / Orbo
Un autre homme, une autre chance
Un autre homme, une autre chance
Foster