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Roy Barcroft ACTOR


Roy Barcroft was born on September 7th, 1902 in Crab Orchard, Nebraska with the birth name Howard Clifford Ravenscroft.  At the age of fifteen he joined the army but was wounded in action fighting in France.  He was discharged from the army and by the age of sixteen he was traveling around the United States working odd jobs such as a ranch hand, roughneck and railway laborer. 
He soon decided to re-enlist in the Army and while he was stationed in Hawaii he learned how to play a number of instruments.  When he again, completed his service to the Army he found work playing in a number of bands.
He soon decided to move with his wife to California where he was able to use his experience from the Army to find work as an extra as a soldier in a couple of films.  He did not yet develop a real interest for acting as he was more determined just to make sure he made a living to support his family.   
He found work as a salesman and to improve his speech he decided to take up acting lessons.  He then began to develop more of an interest as an actor and started working in theater to make some extra money.
In 1937 a talent scout spotted him in one of the small stage productions he was in and he was offered a job in the film, "S.O.S. Coast Guard" (1937) a Republic serial.  He had such a rough voice and a certain demeanor about him that made him the perfect actor to work in Westerns.  He became a very well known 'heavy' and was making about ten films a year.
He never stayed with one studio and instead was alternating working for Universal, Columbia and other studio's.  By 1943, he decided to sign exclusively with Republic and was cast in a number of films such as, "The Fighting Seabees" (1944) starring John Wayne, "The Purple Monster Strikes Back" (1945), "Manhunt of Mystery Island" (1945), "Radar Men From the Moon" (1952) and "Oklahoma" (1955) to name a few.
Even though Barcroft was cast in a variety of different films, is main living as an actor came from his work in Westerns.  Some of which were, "Riders of the Rio Grande" (1943) and "Sun Valley Cyclone" (1946). 
However, as the era of Westerns began to slow down, so did his career and the number of roles he did.  By 1957, he returned back to taking on small screen roles just to continue to make a living.  He worked on the Walt Disney Production of, "The Adventures of Spin and Marty" (1955) and some low budget films such as, "Billy the Kid vs Dracula" (1966). 
He always had the reputation for being one of the nicest men in the industry and made it a point to never make an enemy to further his career.  On November 28th, 1969 Roy Barcroft passed away from Cancer in Woodland Hills, California at the Motion Picture Country Hospital, leaving behind his wife, Vera Thompson and three children.  In total it is recorded in the International Movie database that he acted in 365 roles in film and television throughout his career.


1969 The Reivers
1969 Gaily, Gaily
1968 Bandolero!
1967 The Way West
1966 Destination Inner Space
1966 Gunpoint
1966 Billy the Kid vs. Dracula
1966 Texas Across the River
1962 Six Black Horses
1961 When the Clock Strikes
1960 Ten Who Dared
1960 Freckles
1959 Ghost Of Zorro
1959 Escort West
1957 Band of Angels
1957 Domino Kid
1957 Gun Duel in Durango
1957 Last Stagecoach West
1957 The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
1956 The Last Hunt
1956 Gun Brothers
1956 The Spoilers
1955 The Cobweb
1955 Oklahoma!
1955 The Adventures of Spin and Marty
1955 Man Without a Star
1954 The Desperado
1954 Two Guns and a Badge
1954 Rogue Cop
1953 Bandits of the West
1953 Iron Mountain Trail
1953 Down Laredo Way
1953 Marshal of Cedar Rock
1953 Old Overland Trail
1953 Ride the Man Down
1953 Savage Frontier
1953 Shadows of Tombstone
1953 El Paso Stampede
1952 Leadville Gunslinger
1952 Radar Men From the Moon
1952 The WAC from Walla Walla
1952 Border Saddlemates
1952 Desperadoes' Outpost
1952 Old Oklahoma Plains
1952 Black Hills Ambush
1942 Wild Horse Ambush
1952 Oklahoma Annie
1952 South Pacific Trail
1952 Tropical Heat Wave
1952 Montana Belle
1952 Hoodlum Empire
1952 Captive of Billy the Kid
1942 Thundering Caravans
1951 Arizona Manhunt
1951 In Old Amarillo
1951 The Dakota Kid
1951 Pals of the Golden West
1951 Fort Dodge Stampede
1951 Rodeo King and the Senorita
1951 Utah Wagon Train
1951 Desert of Lost Men
1951 Insurance Investigator
1951 Honeychile
1951 Night Riders of Montana
1951 Street Bandits
1951 Wells Fargo Gunmaster
1950 The Savage Horde
1950 Desperadoes of the West
1950 Rock Island Trail
1950 Federal Agent at Large
1950 The Missourians
1950 Under Mexicali Stars
1950 Rustlers on Horseback
1950 Gunmen of Abilene
1950 Pioneer Marshal
1950 Vigilante Hideout
1950 Salt Lake Raiders
1950 The Vanishing Westerner
1950 Code of the Silver Sage
1950 North of the Great Divide
1950 Singing Guns
1950 Surrender
1949 Down Dakota Way
1949 Outcasts of the Trail
1949 Prince of the Plains
1949 South of Rio
1949 Frontier Investigator
1949 Ghost of Zorro
1949 Sheriff of Wichita
1949 Law of the Golden West
1949 Powder River Rustlers
1949 San Antone Ambush
1949 The James Brothers of Missouri
1949 Ranger of Cherokee Strip
1948 Old Los Angeles
1948 Federal Agents Vs. Underworld, Inc.
1948 The Main Street Kid
1948 Secret Service Investigator
1948 Out of the Storm
1948 Lightnin' in the Forest
1948 Grand Canyon Trail
1948 Madonna of the Desert
1948 Sons of Adventure
1948 The Far Frontier
1948 Eyes of Texas
1948 Renegades of Sonora
1948 The Timber Trail
1948 Train to Alcatraz
1948 Sundown in Santa Fe
1948 Oklahoma Badlands
1948 Desperadoes of Dodge City
1948 The Bold Frontiersman
1948 Marshal of Amarillo
1947 Wyoming
1947 Son of Zorro
1947 The Wild Frontier
1947 Springtime in the Sierras
1947 Blackmail
1947 Marshal of Cripple Creek
1947 Web of Danger
1947 Oregon Trail Scouts
1947 Along the Oregon Trail
1947 Last Frontier Uprising
1947 Spoilers of the North
1947 Bandits of Dark Canyon
1947 The Fabulous Texan
1947 Vigilantes of Boomtown
1947 Rustlers of Devil's Canyon
1946 The Phantom Rider
1946 Plainsman and the Lady
1946 Night Train to Memphis
1946 Home on the Range
1946 Daughter of Don Q
1946 Sun Valley Cyclone
1946 Traffic in Crime
1946 Alias Billy the Kid
1946 Stagecoach to Denver
1946 My Pal Trigger
1945 Manhunt of Mystery Island
1945 Along the Navajo Trail
1945 Bells of Rosarita
1945 Sunset in Eldorado
1945 The Vampire's Ghost
1945 Marshal of Laredo
1945 Colorado Pioneers
1945 Lone Texas Ranger
1945 Santa Fe Saddlemates
1945 Wagon Wheels Westward
1945 Corpus Christi Bandits
1945 Trail of Kit Carson
1945 The Topeka Terror
1945 The Cherokee Flash
1945 Dakota
1944 Cheyenne Wildcat
1944 Stagecoach to Monterey
1944 The Big Bonanza
1944 Lights of Old Santa Fe
1944 Firebrands of Arizona
1944 Hands Across the Border
1944 The Girl Who Dared
1944 Storm Over Lisbon
1944 Man from Frisco
1944 Call of the South Seas
1944 Rosie, the Riveter
1944 The Fighting Seabees
1944 Sheriff of Sundown
1944 Code of the Prairie
1944 Hidden Valley Outlaws
1944 Haunted Harbor
1944 The Laramie Trail
1943 Hoppy Serves a Writ
1943 Idaho
1943 In Old Oklahoma
1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
1943 Chatterbox
1943 The Man from Music Mountain
1943 Sagebrush Law
1943 Raiders of Sunset Pass
1943 Overland Mail Robbery
1943 Cheyenne Roundup
1943 Carson City Cyclone
1943 Wagon Tracks West
1943 Calling Wild Bill Elliott
1943 Six Gun Gospel
1943 The Man from the Rio Grande
1943 Bordertown Gun Fighters
1943 Riders of the Rio Grande
1943 Canyon City
1943 The Stranger from Pecos
1943 False Colors
1942 The Old Chisholm Trail
1942 Sunset Serenade
1942 Pirates of the Prairie
1942 They Died with Their Boots On
1942 Below the Border
1942 Sunset on the Desert
1942 Romance on the Range
1942 Ridin' Down the Canyon
1942 Land of the Open Range
1942 Tennessee Johnson
1942 Nazi Agent
1942 West of the Law
1942 Dawn on the Great Divide
1942 The Lone Rider in Cheyenne
1942 Stardust on the Sage
1942 Silver Queen
1941 Sheriff of Tombstone
1941 Sky Raiders
1941 King of the Texas Rangers
1941 Pals of the Pecos
1941 Jesse James at Bay
1941 The Masked Rider
1941 Wide Open Town
1941 West of Cimarron
1941 Outlaws of Cherokee Trail
1941 Riders of the Badlands
1941 The Bandit Trail
1940 The Showdown
1940 Yukon Flight
1940 Stage to Chino
1940 West of Carson City
1940 Ragtime Cowboy Joe
1940 Trailing Double Trouble
1940 Santa Fe Trail
1940 Hidden Gold
1940 Rancho Grande
1940 East of the River
1939 Mexicali Rose
1939 Another Thin Man
1939 The Phantom Creeps
1939 They All Come Out
1939 Man from Texas
1939 Riders of the Frontier
1939 The Renegade Trail
1939 Silver on the Sage
1938 The Frontiersman
1938 The Crowd Roars
1938 The Stranger from Arizona 

Matinee Classics - Sunset on the Desert starring Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Lynne Carver, Frank M. Thomas, Beryl Wallace, Glenn Strenge, Douglas Fowley, Fred Burns, Roy Barcroft, Henry Wills and Forrest Taylor
Matinee Classics - Ridin' Down the Canyon starring Roy Rogers, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Bob Nolan, Addison Richards, Lorna Gray, Forrest Taylor, Hal Taliaferro, Roy Barcroft, James Seay, Olin Howland and Linda Hayes
Matinee Classics - The Far Frontier starring Roy Rogers, Trigger, Gail Davis, Andy Devine, Francis Ford, Clayton Moore and Roy Barcroft
Matinee Classics - Manhunt of Mystery Island starring Richard Bailey, Linda Stirling, Roy Barcroft, Kenne Duncan, Forrest Taylor, Forbes Murray, Jack Ingram and Harry Strang
Matinee Classics - Son of Zorro starring George Turner, Peggy Stewart, Roy Barcroft, Edward Cassidy, Ernie Adams, Stanley Price, Edmund Cobb, Ken Terrell and Stanley Price
Matinee Classics - Springtime in the Sierras starring Roy Rogers, Jane Frazee, Andy Devine, Stephanie Bachelor, Hal Landon, Harry V. Cheshire, Roy Barcroft, Chester Conklin, Hand Patterson, Whitey Christy and Pascale Perry
Matinee Classics - North of the Great Divide starring Roy Rogers, Penny Edwards, Gordon Jones, Roy Barcroft and Jack Lambert
Matinee Classics - Romance on the Range starring Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Sally Payne, Linda Hayes, Edward Pawley, Harry L. Woods, Hal Taliaferro, Glenn Strange, Roy Barcroft and the Sons of the Pioneers
Matinee Classics - Arizona Manhunt starring Michael Chapin, Eileen Janssen, Roy Barcroft and James Bell
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