I created this site to show you interesting things and news around Lex Barker (who else...) which have no other place or are lost easily. Some tidbits I got from other Barker fans, something I found by myself, anyway, it's worth taking a look at them.
Some news find their way to this site from the starting site after a while, some are written directly here. You will find a note under Latest Updates, when I add something new.
On June 6th 2015 Pierre Brice, longtime bloodbrother of Lex Barker and the one and only Winnetou of the Karl-May movies of the Sixties, passed away in Paris, aged 86 years.
Seven times he played together with Lex in the Karl-May movies as Winnetou and Old Shatterhand, additionally in the western "A Place called Glory". All together he played Winnetou eleven times on the big screen, a character which should have great effect on his further life. He will be greatly missed by his fans!
On May 2nd 2014 Efrem Zimbalist Jr., one of Lex Barker's best friends, passed away at age 95. In Germany he is best remembered for his roles in the most successful series "77 Sunset Strip" and "The F.B.I.".
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.and Lex Barker were of the same age and went to the same school. When in the seventies Lex' career went down Zimbalist offered him a role in one episode of his series "The F.B.I."..
In February 2014 a most interesting publication by the German Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) has been published, dealing with the making of the movie "Mr. Dynamit - Morgen küßt Euch der Tod" and the contacts between producer and the German BND. You simply have to read it!
On November 30th 2013 Chris Howland passed away at age 85. He played the funny sidekick in numerous Karl-May movies which are Lord "Tuff-Tuff" in "Apache Gold", the very british Butler Archie in "Der Schut", "Durchs wilde Kurdistan" and "Im Reich des silbernen Löwen" and Don Parmesan in "Vermächtnis des Inka".
He was often invited to different Karl-May fan events where he liked to talk funny tales which happened while shooting these movies. He enjoyed those events and of course he was happy of being still very popular.
A wonderful contemporary witness of those days is gone — he and his tales will be missed!
Chris Howland on July 2012 at the Karl-May event in Berlin.
How you can see I changed the layout hoping you will enjoy the lighter view which I think to be more pleasant to watch.
I integrated a special view for mobile phones (upper left, though many newer mobile devices are able to show normal websites — but I just like to play a bit...). Additionally I added a view with high contrast and a bigger font (upper right). I did no changes on the content, just some updates.
I wish you fun watching the new barker site!
A new page on the official Barker site shows pics of Christopher Barker and Pierre Brice from an interview which was recorded for a TV clip on Lex Barker. See here.
On Thursday 27th September Herbert Lom passed away at age 95. He was one of the best Karl-May-Villains and a very good and versatile actor. We won't ever forget his memorable performance as the "Cornel" in the Karl-May movie "Treasure of Silver Lake".
The picture shows Herbert Lom writing autographs at the Karl-May movie festival in Bad Segeberg.
The new edition of Reiner Boller's biography about Lex Barker has now been released by Schwarzkopf — Schwarzkopf! There are a lot of additional statements by some contemporaries as well as not yet published pictures. For more infos see Schwarzkopf — Schwarzkopf
Not yet Hollywood - but a great honor anyway: Lex Barker has got a commemorative plaque on the "Walk of Fame" in Kanab in Utah. More information and pictures are available on the official Lex-Barker website, see here!
I learned from an American Barker fan that there is a film named "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" in which someone playes the role of Lex Barker. This movie is shot in 1999 and tells the life story of black actress Dorothy Dandridge (1922-1956). The leading role is played by Halle Berry. The movie is available on DVD.
One scene of this movie acts on the set of (Tarzan's Peril). Melmendi (Dorothy Dandridge - Halle Berry) is captured by Bulam and Tarzan sneaks into her tent to free her. Here you can see pictures of the actor playing Lex' role of Tarzan. From afar he resembles Lex pretty well but don't come closer...
First the original with Lex:
And now the new movie about Dorothy Dandridge:
This might work...
Isn't he a bit smaller than Lex?
Wanted: Who knows this face?
Many thanks to Ted for informing me about this movie and sending the pictures!
Well known director Franz Josef Gottlieb passed away on July 23rd 2006 in Verden at age 75. He directed the Karl-May movies Durchs wilde Kurdistanand Im Reich des silbernen Löwen as well as Mr. Dynamit - Morgen küßt Euch der Tod. Furthermore he shot numberous movies, mainly for TV. He directed TV series as well such as "Unser Charly" or "Der Landarzt". A detailed filmography can be found here.
I met Herrn Gottlieb at the Karl-May-Fest 2002 in Bad Segeberg, where he was honoured with the "Scharlih"-Award, an award for people connected to the work of Karl May. He was a very nice man who could of course tell a lot of stories about his work. He told for example about an argument with Artur Brauner (Producer of the Karl-May-movies Gottlieb directed) about his salary. Gottlieb had written the script as one unit but Brauner made two films of it. However he wanted to pay Gottlieb and the whole crew only for one film. Gottlieb and Lex Barker had a long lawsuit with Brauner which they won years later.
Franz Josef Gottlieb will stay in our memories as a skilled director, a warmhearted, decent and friendly man as well as - last but not least - as one of the rare people whe worked with Lex. He will be missed.
The picture shows (left to right) Franz Josef Gottlieb, Chris Howland, Frau Howland and Thomas Winkler an July 28th 2002 at the Karl-May-Fest in Bad Segeberg.