Robert Barrat (Robert Harriot Barrat)

Robert Barrat

Robert Harriot Barrat (July 10, 1889 – January 7, 1970) was an American stage, motion picture, and television character actor. Born in New York City, Robert Barrat made his theatrical debut in a stock company in Springfield, Massachusetts. He later acted on Broadway and went into films, acting in some one-hundred and fifty films in a Hollywood career that lasted four decades. He appeared in seven pictures with James Cagney during the 1930s. Two of his most noted roles were as the murder victim Archer Coe in Michael Curtiz’s The Kennel Murder Case (1933) and as the treacherous Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy in the 1937 Academy Award winning film, The Life of Emile Zola. He also appeared with the Marx Brothers in Go West (1940). He played Ingrid Bergman’s father in Joan of Arc (1948), though his role was so brief that when an edited version of the film was released in 1950, Barrat’s role had actually been eliminated. (The film has since been restored to its full length.) Robert Barrat played several other historical characters as well, among them Davy Crockett in Man of Conquest, Zachary Taylor in Distant Drums, Abraham Lincoln in Trailin’ West, Cornelius Van Horne in Canadian Pacific and General Douglas MacArthur in American Guerrilla in the Philippines. He was also seen as the Native American Chief Chingachgook, in the 1936 film version of The Last of the Mohicans. By 1954, he had turned to television roles. His final acting appearance was in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1964. Robert Barrat died of heart disease in Hollywood in 1970, aged 80, and was buried at Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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  • July, 10, 1889
  • USA
  • New York, New York


  • January, 07, 1970
  • USA
  • Hollywood, California

Cause of Death

  • heart disease


  • Green Hill Cemetery
  • Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • USA

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