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Lex Barker was an actor during Hollywood's golden years and still enjoys worldwide acclaim today.
He has his place in movie history as Tarzan and Old Shatterhand. From being discovered as Tarzan arose the first immortal-hero status for tall, athletic Lex Barker, which was confirmed when he played Old Shatterhand and Kara Ben Nemsi in the Karl May series of films after he moved to continental Europe.
The purpose of this website is to maintain the memory of the simpatico American, and be a tribute to a film star and a life that will remain unforgettable.
After the passing of her fellow actors Lex Barker and Pierre Brice, and of movie composer Martin Boettcher who, a long time ago, had written the heart-tugging sound tracks of the Winnetou movies, Marie Versini, another of our matinée idols is now dwelling in the eternal Karl-May-hunting-grounds.
Not only did she star in the absolute classic of Winnetou 1, but also in other movies of the Karl May series. There are The Yellow Devil (1964, as Tschita), The Wild Men of Kurdistan (1965, as Ingdscha), Fury of the Sabers (also 1965, as Ingdscha) as well as Thunder at the Border (1966, as Nscho-Tschi once more). Not counting the latter, she always co-starred with Lex Barker in these movies.
On screen, Lex Barker in the role of Old Shatterhand, had been the object of Nscho-Tschis unrequited love. Lex's son Christopher, having been in close touch with Marie Versini, received the bad news of her passing away with deep regret. "I would like to express my sincerest condolences to her family. Let's fondly remember her along with her movies and the friendly encounters of many years. She will be sadly missed." Barker would have loved to celebrate with her the 60th anniversary of the cult movie Winnetou 1 in 2023.
To read an interview with Marie Versini click here.
It is an interview conducted in the year 1959 by TV presenter Wolf Mittler of the Bavarian public television channel "Bayrisches Fernsehen".
It shows good-humored Lex who had come to Munich to guest-star in the TV series „Tales of Vikings“ which was filmed at the studios in Geiselgasteig.
On November 15, 2019 the musical The Speech of Chief Seattle was performed by Michael-Gemeinschaft in Schweigmatt, Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany) Jean-Marc Birkholz, the popular performing actor of Winnetou at the Karl-May-Festival in Elspe, read the words of Chief Seattle's speech. Christopher Barker, son of the late legendary Old Shatterhand Lex Barker held the prologue.
Amongst others Barker said "... together with our children all of us can relearn to appreciate and maintain our Good Mother Earth. We can show our children that as adults, we too, believe in the future. Let's give our children the space and the time that they need. If needed, let's donate some of our time to people – parents, friends, colleagues. If we don't do so, Chief Seattle's speech will still remain valid but won't it be ourselves who will be lost?" An unforgettable evening, especially for all the visitors of the subsequent Meet & Greet fundraiser who were awarded the musical bonus of Christopher Barker singing two songs.
"They say there was snow that day, that the flowers in the garden were killed by frost." That’s what many years later, Lex is supposed to have said about his birthday. He was named after his father Alexander Crichlow Barker. His place of birth is the sleepy town of Rye, NYS. Right in the middle of a park, you can find a sturdy brick building, the house where Lex was born.
At the early age of 54, Lex Barker died of a heart attack in the streets of New York. One hundred years after the day he was born he may be gone but not forgotten. Although there are only about 30 miles between the two places of Rye and New York, Barker was a cosmopolitan and left a special impression worldwide.
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The German western productions of the 1960s are 'classics' nowadays. The cinema and television audience has retained the movies in its cultural memory. The new handbook about the German western, Wild West made in Germany, describes this very special phenomenon based on the movies and the actors of this genre.
Author Reiner Boller conducted research for many years, visited archives and filming locations, and spoke with many people involved in making German westerns, especially the Karl-May movies. During the exhaustive work, two people in particular extended much appreciated assistance to Reiner; Matthias Wendlandt, whose father produced the famous Winnetou film series of the 1960s, and Christian Becker, the producer of RTL's new filmization based on May's famous tale. Of course, the new handbook, Wild West made in Germany, will also present to the reader previously unpublished details about Lex Barker and the production of his famous Winnetou movies.
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