Robert Barrat

Robert Barrat


Also Known As
Robert Barratt, Robert H. Barrat
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
July 10, 1891
January 07, 1970
Cause of Death
Heart Ailment


With his deep voice and imposing physique, character actor Robert Barrat made a name for himself by portraying dozens of supporting roles in the 1930s. After beginning his acting career in a small Massachusetts theatrical company, Barrat found success on the Broadway stage before discovering endless opportunities in the Hollywood film industry. His colorful vocal techniques helped him st...


With his deep voice and imposing physique, character actor Robert Barrat made a name for himself by portraying dozens of supporting roles in the 1930s. After beginning his acting career in a small Massachusetts theatrical company, Barrat found success on the Broadway stage before discovering endless opportunities in the Hollywood film industry. His colorful vocal techniques helped him stand out among his peers with roles like the gruff Wolverstone in the 1935 swashbuckling adventure, "Captain Blood," starring Errol Flynn. His ability to create memorable characters and perform intricate stunts led Barrat to star alongside James Cagney in seven films throughout the 1930s, and the two actors became close friends -- despite their numerous on-screen fist fights. But while he took advantage of his talents as a physical actor, Barrat most enjoyed creating elaborate accents and building his characters through eccentric details, such as in the role of the Mohican chief Chingachgook in the 1936 film, "The Last of the Mohicans." When Barrat's career slowed after performing in more than 150 films, he found work on the television screen portraying more subtle, quiet characters, and he continued acting in television playhouse roles on an irregular schedule before retiring in 1964, six years before his death.



Cast (Feature Film)

Tall Man Riding (1955)
Tucker Ordway
Cow Country (1953)
Walt Garnet
Son of Ali Baba (1952)
Denver & Rio Grande (1952)
Double Crossbones (1951)
Henry Morgan
Darling, How Could You! (1951)
Mr. Rossiter
Distant Drums (1951)
General Zachary Taylor
Pride of Maryland (1951)
Col. Harding
Flight to Mars (1951)
American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950)
Lone Eagle
The Baron of Arizona (1950)
The Kid from Texas (1950)
General [Lew] Wallace
Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)
Sheriff of Leadville
Canadian Pacific (1949)
Cornelius [William] Van Horne
Riders of the Range (1949)
Sheriff Cole
Song of India (1949)
Maharajah of Ranjat
The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949)
Steve Taylor
The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)
Heck Thomas
Relentless (1948)
Editor Simpson
Joan of Arc (1948)
Jacques D'Arc, her father
I Love Trouble (1948)
Lt. Quint
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Judge White
Road to Rio (1947)
The Fabulous Texan (1947)
Doctor Sharp
Road to Utopia (1946)
Dangerous Millions (1946)
Hendrick Van Boyden
Magnificent Doll (1946)
Mr. John Payne
Sunset Pass (1946)
Rand Curtis
Strangler of the Swamp (1946)
Christian Sanders
Just Before Dawn (1946)
Clyde Travers
The Time of Their Lives (1946)
Maj. Andre Putnam
San Antonio (1945)
Colonel Johnson
The Great John L. (1945)
Billy Muldoon
Wanderer of the Wasteland (1945)
Uncle James Collinshaw
They Were Expendable (1945)
The General [Douglas MacArthur]
Grissly's Millions (1945)
Grissly Morgan Palmor
Dakota (1945)
Anson Stowe
Enemy of Women (1944)
Heinrich Wallburg
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
Horace E. Bixby
Johnny Come Lately (1943)
Bill Swain
They Came to Blow Up America (1943)
Captain Kranz
Bomber's Moon (1943)
Fall In (1943)
Colonel Elliott
A Stranger in Town (1943)
Mayor [Jim] Connison
American Empire (1942)
The Girl from Alaska (1942)
Parachute Battalion (1941)
Colonel Burke
Riders of the Purple Sage (1941)
Judge [Frank] Dyer
They Met in Argentina (1941)
Don Enrique O'Shea
Go West (1940)
"Red" Baxter
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Humphrey Towne
Captain Caution (1940)
Capt. Dorman
The Man from Dakota (1940)
Parson Summers
Laddie (1940)
Mr. [John] Stanton
Fugitive from a Prison Camp (1940)
Chester Russell
Northwest Passage (1940)
Union Pacific (1939)
Duke Ring
Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1939)
Captain Johnson
The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939)
Sheriff McNally
Colorado Sunset (1939)
Doc [Rodney] Blair
Allegheny Uprising (1939)
Man of Conquest (1939)
David Crockett
Bad Lands (1939)
Sheriff [Bill Cummings]
Conspiracy (1939)
Heritage of the Desert (1939)
Andrew Naab
The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939)
Jim Harbison
The Buccaneer (1938)
Captain Brown
The Texans (1938)
[Major] Isaiah Middlebrack
Breaking the Ice (1938)
William Decker
Forbidden Valley (1938)
Ramrod Locke
Penitentiary (1938)
Captain Grady
Shadows over Shanghai (1938)
Igor Sargoza
Marie Antoinette (1938)
Torchy Blane, the Adventurous Blonde (1937)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Major Walsin-Esterházy
Confession (1937)
Prosecuting attorney
Love Is on the Air (1937)
J. D. Harrington
God's Country and the Woman (1937)
Jefferson Russett
Draegerman Courage (1937)
Martin Crane
The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)
"Hank" Summers
The Barrier (1937)
John Gale
Black Legion (1937)
Mountain Justice (1937)
Jeff Harkins
I Married a Doctor (1936)
Meis Valborg
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Count Igor Volonoff
Sons O' Guns (1936)
The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)
Buck Falin
The Country Doctor (1936)
Mary of Scotland (1936)
Exclusive Story (1936)
[Martin] Werther
Trailin' West (1936)
Abraham Lincoln
Special Agent (1935)
Head of the Internal Revenue Department.
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)
Moonlight on the Prairie (1935)
Buck [Cantwell]
While the Patient Slept (1935)
Adolphe [Federie]
Bordertown (1935)
The Florentine Dagger (1935)
The Captain
Murder Man (1935)
Stranded (1935)
Stanislaus Janauschek
Dressed to Thrill (1935)
Gaston Dupont
Dr. Socrates (1935)
Dr. Ginder
Village Tale (1935)
Drury Stevenson
Captain Blood (1935)
Upper World (1934)
Commissioner Clark
The Firebird (1934)
Housewife (1934)
Sam Blake
Fog over Frisco (1934)
I Sell Anything (1934)
The Dragon Murder Case (1934)
[Rudolph] Stamm
Big Hearted Herbert (1934)
Jim [Lawrence]
Massacre (1934)
Gambling Lady (1934)
Mike Lee
Here Comes the Navy (1934)
Commander Denny
Return of the Terror (1934)
Pudge [Walker]
A Very Honorable Guy (1934)
Dr. Snitzer
Dark Hazard (1934)
Tex [Willis]
Friends of Mr. Sweeney (1934)
Alex [Romanoff]
I Am a Thief (1934)
Baron Von Kampf
Hi Nellie! (1934)
[Beau] Brownell
The St. Louis Kid (1934)
Farmer Benson
Wonder Bar (1934)
Capt. Von Ferring
Midnight Alibi (1934)
Angie [the Ox Morley]
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
Judge White
Ann Carver's Profession (1933)
Mr. Simmons
The Silk Express (1933)
Baby Face (1933)
Nick Powers
The Devil's in Love (1933)
Major Bertran
The Mayor of Hell (1933)
Mr. Smith
Picture Snatcher (1933)
Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
Heroes for Sale (1933)
King of the Jungle (1933)
Joe Nolan
Lilly Turner (1933)
The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
Archer Coe
Captured! (1933)
The Commandant
I Loved a Woman (1933)
Charles Lane
From Headquarters (1933)
The Wonder Man (1920)
Alan Gardner
Her Own Way (1915)
Lieutenant Richard Coleman

Life Events


Movie Clip

Kennel Murder Case, The (1933) -- (Movie Clip) The Well-Known Fancier Opening scene, introducing William Powell as sleuth Philo Vance, also Robert Barrat as "Archer Coe," Mary Astor as his ward "Hilda," Paul Cavanagh as English "Sir Thomas," plus exposition, from Warner Bros.' The Kennel Murder Case, 1933.
Picture Snatcher (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Dirtiest We Can Get Newly-paroled Danny (James Cagney), looking to go straight, presents himself to McLean (Ralph Bellamy), editor of "The Graphic News," who finally remembers offering him work, his grumpy boss Grover (Robert Barrat) looming, in Picture Snatcher, 1933.
Sea Of Grass, The (1947) -- (Movie Clip) Parties Unknown Cattle baron Brewton (Spencer Tracy, his first scene), his bride-to-be (Katharen Hepburn) just in from St. Louis observing, as the judge (Robert Barratt) presides over a bent verdict in his favor, plaintiff's lawyer Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas) infuriated, early in The Sea Of Grass, 1947.
Murder Man, The (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Very Fatally Dead In the press room at the precinct, crime beat reporters (William Demarest, Bobby Watson, Lucien Littlefield, Fuzzy Knight, and James Stewart as "Shorty") get word of a big time killing, early in The Murder Man, 1935.
Murder Man, The (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Cynical Drunken Bum First appearance for the much sought after murder specialist reporter Steve Grey (Spencer Tracy), returned from a bender and visiting Mary (Virginia Bruce) and Robins (Robert Barrat) in the newsroom, in The Murder Man, 1935.
Adventures Of Mark Twain, The (1944) -- (Movie Clip) Safe Water Dickie Jones has assumed the title role as Samuel Clemens, age 15, learning to be a Mississippi River steamboat pilot, ca. 1850, Robert Barrat his crusty mentor captain Bixby, though the corresponding episodes in Clemens’ real life came later, in the Warner Bros. bio-pic The Adventures Of Mark Twain,1944, starring Fredric March.
Secret Of The Blue Room (1933) -- (Movie Clip) You'd Better Have This Lock Fixed Host Von Helldorf (Lionel Atwill) and daughter Irene (Gloria Stuart) are in good morning spirits along with guests Walter and Frank (Paul Lukas, Onslow Stevens) until the butler (Robert Barrat) points out that her third suitor, whom everyone assumed was at no real risk staying in the notorious bedroom, has vanished, in Secret Of The Blue Room, 1933.
Canadian Pacific (1949) -- (Movie Clip) That Man Will Find A Path After an elaborate narrated prologue, Robert Barrat as railroad exec Van Horne addresses the parliament in Ottawa, waxing about his surveyor Tom Andrews (Randolph Scott), who needs not speak, even when hunted by villains Victor Jory and Don Haggerty, early in Canadian Pacific, 1949.
Last Of The Mohicans, The (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Want Paleface Squaws Shifty Magua (Bruce Cabot) is leading Brit Hayward (Henry Wilcoxon) and his commanding officer’s daughters (Binnie Barnes, Heather Angel) toward abduction, fortunately Hawkeye (Randolph Scott) and the Mohicans (Robert Barrat, Philip Reed) have followed, in The Last Of The Mohicans, 1936.
Last Of The Mohicans, The (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Haircut By Huron Barbers Impressive location shooting as Hawkeye (Randolph Scott) convinces Hayward (Henry Wilcoxon) they’d better save British Alice and Cora (Binnie Barnes, Heather Angel) from the Hurons quick, then some back-story for James Fenimore Cooper’s hero, in The Last Of The Mohicans, 1936.
Baby Face (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Sweetheart Of The Night Shift Her despicable father (Robert Barrat) clears the speakeasy so he can sell the favors of his daughter Lily (Barbara Stanwyck, title character) to an already smashed local politician (Arthur Hohl), but she objects, early in Warner Bros.' Baby Face 1933.
Captain Caution (1940) -- (Movie Clip) She's A Pirate! 1812, headed home to Maine from the Orient, handsome sailor Dan (Victor Mature) not quite sure what to do with the captain's daughter Corunna (Louise Platt), her father (Robert Barrat) intruding as an unknown ship approaches, early in the low-rent Hal Roach swashbuckler Captain Caution, 1940.