Ray Barrett Dies

8th September 2009

The different faces of Ray Barrett: The Hood and John Tracy (both Thunderbirds), Titan and Commander Shore (both Stingray)

Fanderson was saddened to hear the death of Australian actor Ray Barrett, the voice of the Hood and many other characters from Thunderbirds and Stingray. He died today at the age of 82 from a brain haemorrhage in Queensland.

Having made a name for himself in radio soap operas in the 1950s, Barrett continued to work right up until his death, most recently appearing in director Baz Luhrman's historical drama Australia, in which he played the father of Nicole Kidman's character.

Barrett's acting career was long, distinguished and punctuated with awards, including two AFI Awards for best actor in 1982 (Goodbye Paradise) and 1995 (Hotel Sorrento). But it was his voice roles as the iconic villain 'the Hood', Thunderbird 5 operator John Tracy, Titan and Commander Shore that many fans will always remember him for. Like several of his fellow actors in Thunderbirds and Stingray, Barrett's ability to play both American and British characters with ease made him a highly versatile performer, and throughout the 60s he made guest appearances in numerous other 'cult' shows, including Dr Who, Z Cars, The Saint and Dixon of Dock Green.

Fanderson offers its heartfelt condolences to his wife Gaye, his two sons, Reg and Jon, and his daughter Suellen. A full obituary will appear in the next issue of FAB.

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