21-Nov-2012: Old Shatterhand in the Western's Country of Origin
Lex Barker's brilliant success Old Shatterhand began fifty years ago in Germany and Europe. The fact that the German Westerns with the star from Hollywood also screened in American cinemas, and earned respectful reviews, is not so well known. The latest special feature is following the trails of Old Shatterhand in the Western's country of origin, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Treasure of Silver Lake.
More information see here.
21-Jul-2012: Anniversary—fifty years Old Shatterhand Lex Barker
Fifty years ago, Lex Barker stepped into the role of Old Shatterhand and emerged as the ideal main character of the Karl May movie The Treasure of Silver Lake (1962). On the twenty-fifth of July, 1962, during the stopover in Frankfurt, on his flight to Berlin for dress rehearsals, Barker is interviewed by the press, and voices his joy at the new role and the filming work in (the former) Yugoslavia. Barker is aware that Pierre Brice, the French actor he met earlier in Rome, will portray the Indian chief Winnetou. He has also been informed that his colleague Herbert Lom is part of the project as co-director to German Harald Reinl. To celebrate the Shatterhand jubilee, a special article will shortly be released on these Internet pages. Likewise, Tarzan, the jungle man created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, will celebrate his one-hundredth anniversary in August, 2012. A feature dedicated to Tarzan Lex Barker will be published on these pages in the second half of 2012. Moreover, preparations are well underway to shoot new film clips for the documentary of Lex Barker’s life, as well as the publishing of a new book.
05-May-2011: Lex Barker — The Illustrated Biography
The wait is over! The standard work about Lex Barker (by Reiner Boller & Christiane Boehme) has been released now by the publishing house Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf as a special paperback edition. It contains previously unpublished photos of Lex Barker as well as commentary by his friends and colleagues.
22-Mar-2011: I Wear A Great Name (Program on SWR-television, Germany)
The subject of this round in the station's quiz show about great names is Lex Barker. The recording of the show took place on 24 Feb 2011 in Baden-Baden. Guest in the studio was Lex Barker's son, Christopher Barker, the descendant of the unforgettable actor. Whether or not the quiz-team of Robert Willemsen, Julia Westlake, and Ingo Zamperone were able to guess the great name will be revealed during the airing of the SWR television programme at 18.15 p.m. on Sunday, 3 April 2011. Maybe the game show host Anja Hoefer was able to steer them onto the right trail?
01-Jan-2011: Lex Barker -- The Illustrated Biography
The standard work about Lex Barker (by Reiner Boller & Christiane Boehme) will be released in spring of 2011 by the publishing house Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf as a special paperback edition. It contains previously unpublished photos of Lex Barker and comments by his friends and colleagues.
20-Nov-2010: New interview with travelling companions
The conversation with Liana Orfei is the second interview contribution for 2010. Orfei partnered Lex Barker on the screen several times and has much to tell.
22-Oct-2010: Documentary shoot in Berlin
During October 2010, more filming for the documentary about Lex Barker's life took place in Berlin, together with his son Zan.
More information: Documentary shoot in Berlin
12-Jun-2010: Documentary filming in Croatia
In May 2010, new footage was filmed on the original locations of the 1960s for a documentary about Lex Barker's life with the actor's son, Christopher Barker.
Find it under: Documentary filming in Croatia
09-May-2010: Nomination for Walk of Fame and new interview with companions
The 2010 nomination for a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood for Lex Barker has been submitted to the selection committee. Perhaps we will be successful this year, when the famous trail of stars celebrates its 50th anniversary. The decision will be made in June. Please keep your fingers crossed again!
Brett Halsey's interview is a new contribution to the series of conversations with Lex Barker's companions. Halsey was a member of the American community during Rome's dolce vita. By the way: it was fifty years ago, in May 1960, when Fellini's La Dolce Vita created a furore at the Cannes film festival, where it began its world-wide victory tour.
29-Nov-2009: New interviews with Travelling Companion
The interview with Marsha Hunt is a new contribution to the series of conversations with Lex Barker's companions. Nr. 3 of interviews with strong female personalities. Link to other contributions: Marie Versini and Karen Kondazian.
02-Nov-2009: New interviews with Travelling Companion
The interview with Karen Kondazian is a new contribution to the series of conversations with Lex Barker's companions. Nr. 2 of interviews with strong female personalities.
Link to contribution No 1: Marie Versini.
18-Oct-2009: New interviews with companions
The interview with Marie Versini is a new contribution to the series of conversations with Lex Barker's companions. Shortly, two more interviews with strong female personalities from the movie metropolis Hollywood will be published.
21-Jul-2009: Hollywood remembers Lex Barker
Hollywood is the city of movie legends. On 29 June 2009, the first frames for a film documentary of Lex Barker's life were shot in the famous film metropolis.
Find it under 90 Years of Lex Barker - Hollywood memories.
20-Jul-2009: Tarzan comics with Lex Barker
The popular Tarzan comics from the fifties with the beautiful Lex Barker cover images will again be published from October 2009 onwards in the USA by the company Dark Horse, in several collectors editions. The project includes all volumes with the Barker covers for the original comics, editions 13 through to 54, published by Dell during 1850 to 1954.
05-Jul-2009: No Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009
There will be no star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Lex Barker in 2009, but we don't give up! You can still sign the petition here.
12-May-2009: Lex Barker's 90th Birthday — Review and Preview
On the occasion of this anniversary, the five Tarzan movies with Lex Barker have been released in the USA by Warner Bros for the first time on DVD. In July, the films are to be screened again as part of the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) programme.
On 13th May, Bavarian Television broadcasts a small special 'Lex Barker's Ninetieth!' during their programme 'Kino Kino'.
The fact that Lex Barker is still very suited for the cover of a magazine, is evidenced by the latest edition of 'Karl May & Co', May 2009, No 116.
08-May-2009: 90 years Lex Barker
Today, Lex Barker would have been ninety years old. Happy Birthday! The unforgettable actor, who played Tarzan and Old Shatterhand, continues to be an international idol. His sons speak about their father on the occasion of his birthday.
Find it under: 90 years Lex Barker
21-Jan-2009: Lex Barker... in Los Angeles
In 2009, Lex Barker would have celebrated his 90th birthday. On the occasion of the anniversary year, this website will present fresh articles and interviews throughout 2009. To begin, we visit the city known as the metropolis of the motion picture industry, where Lex Barker became a movie actor.
You can find it here: Early chapters of life - Los Angeles
09-Jan-2009: Documentary about Lex Barker's life
To celebrate Lex Barker a TV documentary is planned about the actor's life. Detailed information will be made available on this website.
09-Jan-2009: Lex Barker and the 'Walk of Fame'
In 2009 Lex Barker will again be nominated for the awarding of a star on the 'Walk of Fame' in Hollywood. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, movie town Kanab in Utah has honoured Lex Barker with a commemorative plaque. Lex Barker now has his place in the line-up next to Glenn Ford, Ronald Reagan, James Arness and John Wayne. Thank you Kanab!
Pictures a now available, please take a look!
24-Jun-2008: Opinion poll on the popularity of Lex Barker's roles
Vote for your favourite role Lex Barker played in his long career!
You can find it here: Filmography - Opinion poll.
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