Star of Brit television in the '60s
Veteran Australian actor Ray Barrett, who became a star of British television in the 1960s, died Tuesday after a fall at his home at Gold Coast city in Queensland state. He was 82.Barrett’s last film role was as the character Ramsden in director Baz Luhrmann’s movie “Australia,” released last year. Born in Brisbane, he moved to England in the late 1950s and starred in the long-running British television series “The Troubleshooters” in the 1960s. Barrett did a wide range of acting work in the United Kingdom for almost 20 years, including voices for the iconic puppet television series “Thunderbirds,” before he returned to Australia in the mid-1970s. In Australia, he became a prominent player in a rejuvenated film industry. He received one of Australia’s greatest acting accolades, an Australian Film Industry Award for best supporting actor, for his role in director Fred Schepisi’s 1978 film “The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.” Barrett is survived by his wife, Gaye, a daughter and two sons.