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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.


August 3rd 2018: Event in German Spy Museum Berlin

Mr. Dynamit beim BND

On Sept. 19th 2017 an event took place in the German Spy Museum in Berlin. Chief Historian Dr. Bodo Hechelhammer talked about the cooperation of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) with the film crew of "Mr. Dynamit - Morgen küßt Euch der Tod". Since I got to know about this event just recently from a barker fan (thanks a lot again!) I couldn't inform you earlier.


Information by the Spy Museum:

June 6th 2015: Pierre Brice passed away

Pierre Brice

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!

May 2nd 2014: Efrem Zimbalist jr. passed away

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

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."..

February 23rd 2014: BND publication on Mr. Dynamit released


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!

In 2014 this movie has been released on DVD twice: first by Transit-Film, in December by Pidax-Film, this one containing an interview with Dr. Hechelhammer from the BND as bonus.

Link to publication (pdf)

December 2nd 2013: Chris Howland passed away

Chris Howland

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.

November 24th 2013: New layout of my barker site

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!

May 11 2013: Pics from the set

Christopher Barker

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.


2012-09-27: Herbert Lom passed away

Herbert Lom 2003

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.

May 2011: Just in time for Lex' birthday: New edition of "Lex Barker - Die Biografie" has been released!

Biography by Reiner Boller

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

March 25th 2008: Lex has got a commemorative plaque on the "Walk of Fame" in Kanab/Utah!

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!

December 2006: Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

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:

Tarzan Original 01 Tarzan Original 02 Tarzan Original 03 Tarzan Original 04

And now the new movie about Dorothy Dandridge:

Tarzan role 01 Tarzan role 02

This might work...

Tarzan role 03

...this doesn't!!

Tarzan role 04

Isn't he a bit smaller than Lex?

Tarzan clip

Hint  Wanted: Who knows this face?

I would be very interested in knowing who played Lex Barker in this movie. He is credited neither by imdb nor in the credits of the DVD. Informations and hints by Mail are greatly appreciated!

Many thanks to Ted for informing me about this movie and sending the pictures!

Hint  Thanks to Ted and Sibi the actor could be identified, see here! Many thanks to both fans who send me new infos from time to time!

August 10th 2006: Director Franz Josef Gottlieb passed away

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.

Franz Josef Gottlieb, Chris Howland, Frau Howland and Thomas WinklerI 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.

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