In 1957, as he found it harder and harder to find work in American films, Lex moved to Europe and found popularity and starred in over forty European films, especially in Germany. There he also starred in two movies based on the Doctor Mabuse-stories (formerly filmed by Fritz Lang) and in 13 movies based on novels by German author Karl May (1842-1912). There he was playing the characters of Old Shatterhand, Kara Ben Nemsi and Dr. Sternau.
He even recorded a single with the composer of some of the Karl-May-movie-soundtracks, Martin Boettcher, in German language. The tracks are named Ich bin morgen auf dem Weg zu dir (I'll be on the way to you tomorrow) and Mädchen in Samt und Seide (Girls in Velvet and Silk), the last one is said to have been very much liked by elderly ladies at that time. (The co-star in some of Barker's Karl-May-movies, French actor Pierre Brice, also recorded in German language and even managed to get some CDs of his own.)
In 1966 Barker was awarded with the Bambi Award as Best Foreign Actor in Germany.
He married five times:
- Constanze Thurlow (1942 - 1950) (divorced)
- Arlene Dahl (1951 - 1952) (divorced)
- Lana Turner (8 September 1953 - 22 July 1957) (divorced)
- Irene Labhardt (1957 - 1962) (marriage ended at her death)
- Maria del Carmen Cervera (1965 - 1972) (divorce not valid, marriage ended with his death), who later became the fifth wife of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza He was engaged at the time of his death to actress Karen Kondazian.
Barker continued to work in films until his last appearance in 1967's Woman Times Seven.
He died three days after his 54th birthday of a heart attack in New York City. His son Christopher Barker also became an actor.
Lex Barker Facts
|Birth Name||Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr.|
|Birthday||May 8, 1919|
|Birthplace||Rye, New York, USA|
|Date of death||May 11, 1973 (age 54)|
|Height||6' 4" (1m93) How tall is Lex Barker compared to you?|
|The Girl In Black Stockings|
|Who Killed Johnny Ringo|
|The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism|
|Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House|
|Away All Boats|
|Strange Awakening, A|
|The Tarzan Collection Starring Lex Barker|
|Karl May Classic Collection|