Lex Barker

1919-1973

On screen he was the tenth Tarzan, showing up right after Johnny Weissmuller dropped the loincloth, that is, retired from the loincloth. Off screen Alexander (Lex) Crichlow Barker, Jr. was from a socially prominent family and was listed in the New York Social Register. He also married Lana Turner and, according to her daughter, Cheryl Crane, was a less than perfect stepfather. But the main thing that concerns us here at the Meeker Museum is that Lex Barker was, well, great looking and always an interesting presence on film. Altogether he made five Tarzan films, appeared in westerns and adventure films, and even turned up in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. That's quite a resume. Did we mention that he was, well, great looking? Since we have a number of photos of this guy, we keep thinking we're going to get around to doing a full gallery devoted to him. For now we'll just represent him with a portrait, a comic book cover, and a partial filmography.





Lex Barker as Tarzan

1949
Tarzan's Magic Fountain

1950
Tarzan and the Slave Girl

1951
Tarzan's Peril

1952
Tarzan's Savage Fury

1953
Tarzan and the She-Devil


Other film credits include:

1945
Doll Face

1946
Two Guys From Milwaukee

1947
The Farmer's Daughter
Crossfire
Unconquered

1948
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
The Velvet Touch

1953
Thunder Over the Plains

1954
The Yellow Mountain

1955
The Man From Bitter Ridge

1956
Away All Boats

1957
War Drums
The Deerslayer

1958
Captain Fuoco

1959
The Pirate and the Slave Girl

1960
La Dolce Vita

1961
The Return of Dr. Mabuse

1962
Treasure of Silver Lake

1963
Apache Gold

1964
Last of the Renegades
Old Shatterhand

1965
Code 7 -- Victim 5!
24 Hours to Kill
The Desperado Trail
A Place Called Glory

1967
Woman Times Seven

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