Bradley Barker

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Bradley Barker
Bradley Barker MPW 1915-11.jpg
Born(1883-01-18)January 18, 1883
DiedSeptember 29, 1951(1951-09-29) (aged 68)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actor, film director
Years active1915-1930

Bradley Barker (January 18, 1883 September 29, 1951) was an American actor and film director of the silent era. [1] He also created sound effects for film and radio.


Born in Long Island, New York, Barker was a vaudeville performer and an actor in stock theater. [2] He appeared in 70 films between 1915 and 1928. He also directed seven films between 1929 and 1930.

After he worked as an actor, Barker began creating sound effects for radio programs and films. He provided the sound of the MGM lion on screen before the studio began using a recording of a real lion and provided sounds of a variety of animals on radio. [2] Radio programs on which he worked included Let's Pretend [3] and Little Orphan Annie . [3] :303

On September 29, 1951, Barker died at his home in New York City at age 68. [4]

Selected filmography

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  2. 1 2 Goldstein, Alvin H. (December 13, 1942). "Big Noise in Radio and Screen World". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 66. Retrieved September 27, 2020 via
  3. 1 2 Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 195. ISBN   978-0-7864-4513-4.
  4. "Bradley Barker Dies; MGM's 1st Lion Mimic". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Associated Press. September 30, 1951. p. 13. Retrieved September 28, 2020 via