Nigel Barrie

Active - 1917 - 1937  |   Born - Feb 5, 1889   |   Died - Oct 8, 1971   |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Comedy, Adventure

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A dark-haired silent screen actor of decidedly English origins, Nigel Barrie wisely changed his name from the cumbersome Roynon Cholmondeley Nigel-Jones. A dancer and actor on legitimate stages and in vaudeville in both England and the United States, the already veteran performer starred in The Count of Luxemburg and Gypsy Love prior to making his screen debut in the 1916 adventure serial Beatrice Fairfax. After playing Marguerite Clark's love interest in the 1917 Babs series, Barrie settled into a long career as a supporting player, often cast as villains. Increasingly dignified in appearance, the 6' 1" actor later played Captain Halliwell in The Little Minister (1921) and was Richard Barthelmess' formidable rival in The Amateur Gentleman. Returning to England at the advent of sound, Barrie continued in films until at least 1938.