Barry Jones (actor)

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Barry Cuthbert Jones (6 March 1893 – 1 May 1981) was a Guernsey-born actor seen in British and American films, on American television and on the stage.

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Biography

Lieut Barry Jones, RGLI, 1916

Barry Cuthbert Jones was born in Guernsey in the Channel Islands on 6 March 1893, the son of William Jones, a soap and candle manufacturer, and Amelia Hamond Robilliard.

He attended Elizabeth College between 1902 and 1909. On leaving school, he worked for the P&O and B.I Steam Navigation Companies in Guernsey. On the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted as a Private immediately. He was subsequently commissioned in the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, and transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers in July 1915. They went to France in January 1916, where he was seriously wounded, and returned to Guernsey to recover from his wounds and shell shock. He returned to RIF in Dublin, where he spent 5 months quelling the Sinn Fein disturbances. He returned to Guernsey in 1917 when the RGLI was formed, and was promoted to Captain. In April 1918 he returned to France with the RGLI as Recreational Training Officer, serving at GHQ, Montreuil[1].

Following demobilisation in February 1921, he went into an acting career on the British stage, joining the companies of Sir Frank Benson and Stratford-on-Avon Festival. He played leading roles in New York and Chicago productions, and became an Actor-Manager in 1929, touring Canada and USA.

He performed in his first film, George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man as Bluntschli in 1932. A character actor in many films, often portraying nobility, he had a starring role in the film Seven Days to Noon. He also played Mr. Lundie in the 1954 film adaptation of Brigadoon, and Polonius in the 1953 U.S. television adaptation of Hamlet.

He was a founder member of the Guernsey Society, which was established in 1943 in London.

He bought and restored Le Catioroc, St Saviours from the States of Guernsey after World War I[2]. He returned there to retire there in 1965 and died at Westcroft Nursing Home in Guernsey on 1 May 1981 at the age of 89.

Selected filmography[3]

Barry Jones, Actor
  • Women Who Play (1932) as Ernest Steele
  • Arms and the Man (1932) as Bluntschli
  • Gay Adventure (1936) as Dernton
  • Murder in the Family (1938) as Stephen Osborne
  • Squadron Leader X (1943) as Bruce Fenwick
  • Uneasy Terms (1948) as Inspector Gringall
  • The Calendar (1948)
  • The Bad Lord Byron (1949)
  • That Dangerous Age (1949) as Arnold Cane
  • Madeleine (1950) as Prosecuting Counsel
  • Seven Days to Noon (1950) as Professor Willingdon
  • The Clouded Yellow (1951) as Nicholas Fenton
  • White Corridors (1951) as Dr. Shoesmith
  • The Magic Box (1951) as The Bath Doctor
  • Plymouth Adventure (1952) as William Brewster
  • Hamlet (1953) as Polonius
  • Prince Valiant (1954) as King Luke
  • Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) as Claudius
  • Brigadoon (1954) as Mr. Lundy
  • The Glass Slipper (1955) as the Duke
  • Alexander the Great (1956) as Aristotle
  • War and Peace (1956) as Count Rostov
  • Saint Joan (1957) as de Courcelles
  • The Safecracker (1958) as Bennett Carfield
  • The 39 Steps (1959) as Professor Logan
  • A Study in Terror (1965) as Duke of Shires
  • The Heroes of Telemark (1965) as Professor Logan

Appearances in TV series

  • Hallmark Hall of Fame (1953–61)
  • Robert Montgomery Presents (1955–56)
  • The Saint (1963)
  • The Outer Limits (1963)
  • The Spread of the Eagle (1963)
  • Martin Chuzzlewit (1964)
  • Sherlock Holmes (1965)

References

  1. Drake-Brockman, Br-Gen DH, Elizabeth College Register, Volume II, Guernsey (1931)
  2. Girard, PJ, Le Catioroc, Review of the Guernsey Society, Summer 1982
  3. *Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, Harper-Collins - ISBN 0-06-093507-3

External Links

  • Barry Jones - Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
  • Barry Jones - A collection of memoirs, photos and other biographical material from Barry's great nephew, Simon.
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