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Encyclopedia > Barret Oliver
Barret Oliver
Birth name Barrett Spencer Oliver
Born August 24, 1973 (1973-08-24) (age 34)
Flag of the United States Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 1981 - 1989

Barret Spencer Oliver (born August 24, 1973) is an American former child actor and currently works as a photographer. He is famous for such roles as the boy Bastian in the film adaptation of The NeverEnding Story and an android in D.A.R.Y.L. is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... The term child actor is generally applied to a child acting in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began his or her acting career as a child; to avoid confusion the latter is also called a former child actor. ... This is a list of notable photographers in the art, documentary and fashion traditions. ... Die Unendliche Geschichte (better known by its English title The NeverEnding Story), is the 1984 film adaptation of the German fantasy novel by Michael Ende. ... movie poster D.A.R.Y.L. is a 1985 science fiction movie which was written by David Ambrose, Allan Scott and Jeffrey Ellis. ...

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Biography

Early life

Oliver was born in Los Angeles, California to Kathy Lorue and Kent Oliver, an interior designer. He has an older brother, Kyle. Oliver attended the Los Feliz Private School (also sometimes called the Apple School) and continued to live in the Los Angeles area throughout his acting career. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Los Feliz (usually pronounced Loss Feeliss by most non-Spanish-speaking locals) is a neighborhood in the north-central region of the city of Los Angeles, California. ...


In the late 1970s, a friend of the Oliver family with Hollywood connections introduced Kyle to the movie business, where he soon achieved some modest success in juvenile roles. At once, Barret on his own initiative declared that he would like to venture on to the screen. His first appearances were in a number of commercials, and this eventually led to small roles in television productions such as Battlestar Galactica and The Incredible Hulk. Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, produced in 1978 by Glen Larson and starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict. ... The Incredible Hulk was an American television series loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. ...


Career: 1982-1985

By 1982, Oliver was being offered more significant, speaking roles in the feature movies Kiss Me Goodbye, Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again, and Uncommon Valor. There was also a well-developed character for him in the pilot episode of Knight Rider for TV, and in a further pilot for The Circle Family which did not evolve into the expected series. During the autumn of the same year, he was one of 200 boys to audition for the role of Bastian in the imminent production of The NeverEnding Story, to be directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Barret made a strong impression, but was initially rejected on the grounds of being too young and immature for the role. Kiss Me Good-Bye is the theme song of Final Fantasy XII, and is the third Japanese single by Angela Aki. ... Jekyll & Hyde. ... Uncommon Valor (1983) is a war film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff. ... Knight Rider was a popular American television series that ran between September 26, 1982, and August 8, 1986. ... Die Unendliche Geschichte (better known by its English title The NeverEnding Story), is the 1984 film adaptation of the German fantasy novel by Michael Ende. ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ...


By March 1983, however, the casting directors for The NeverEnding Story had still not found their ideal Bastian, and Barret was called to re-audition. The agents were amazed that he had matured so much in a few months, and they were impressed by the confidence and intensity with which he read the scene with Bastian in conversation with Koreander, though he had declined the chance of a practice run. It happened that Petersen was in LA at that time for the Oscar presentations. So it was arranged that Barret should meet Petersen in a lounge at LA airport - Petersen's Lufthansa flight was delayed so that the meeting could take place. Barret was immediately confirmed in the Bastian role, and shooting began in Munich only a few weeks later. Die Unendliche Geschichte (better known by its English title The NeverEnding Story), is the 1984 film adaptation of the German fantasy novel by Michael Ende. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... For other uses, see Munich (disambiguation). ...


The Neverending Story was filmed in Munich during the spring and summer of 1983, and premiered in Germany in April 1984. Barret's powerful contribution to the success of this movie brought him a measure of international stardom, and despite the author of the original book reportedly being unhappy with the film, it is still regarded as a classic. At around the time of the release of The Neverending Story, Tim Burton was planning his first live-action movie under the Disney banner. This was to be Frankenweenie, a spoof of (but also loving tribute to) the gothic horror genre. The lead role was that of a young boy who uses Frankensteinian techniques to resuscitate his beloved dog, killed in a traffic accident. Burton was keen to cast Barret in this part, and the movie was shot in a few weeks in the early summer of 1984. Once it was completed, however, Disney lost the courage to release it, though it is now regarded as a minor classic, and is widely available. Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Opening Title Card Frankenweenie (1984) is one of Tim Burtons earlier films, a parody of the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelleys book of the same name. ... Strawberry Hill, an English villa in the Gothic revival style, built by seminal Gothic writer Horace Walpole The gothic novel was a literary genre that belonged to Romanticism and began in the United Kingdom with The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole. ...


In that same year, he was featured in Wes Craven's Invitation to Hell, in the Highway to Heaven episode "To Touch the Moon", and in the Finder of Lost Loves episode "Portraits". These were minor productions, but Barret had a major role in each of them. Wesley Earl Craven (born August 2, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American film director and writer best known as the creator of many horror films, including the famed Nightmare on Elm Street series featuring the redoubtable Freddy Krueger character. ... Highway to Heaven was a television drama which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989. ... Finder of Lost Loves is an American television series shown by the ABC network during the 1984-1985 season. ...


Career: 1985-present

Barret was not short of screen work at this time. He spent the late summer of 1984 in Florida, filming the role of David in Cocoon under the direction of Ron Howard. Oliver was very effective in this, but he himself was quick to acknowledge his debt to Howard's directorial assistance. The David character is central to the movie's storyline, appearing in both the first and last scene, and Barret also had the chance to learn from working with a cast of former Hollywood stars. Yet Barret's career was developing further even while Cocoon was being shot. He had been shortlisted for the title role of Daryl in D.A.R.Y.L., and he was flown to New York during the Cocoon shoot to confirm him in this role. Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film about a group of elderly humans who were rejuvenated by aliens. ... For other people named Ron Howard, see Ronald Howard. ... movie poster D.A.R.Y.L. is a 1985 science fiction movie which was written by David Ambrose, Allan Scott and Jeffrey Ellis. ... “NY” redirects here. ...


Filming for D.A.R.Y.L. started in January 1985 - the first scene to be shot was Daryl's and Turtle's first day at school. There were location shoots in Florida, North Carolina, and France, while the technical scenes were completed at Pinewood studios near London, England, in March 1985. The movie opened in June of that year, and critical reaction was mixed. The movie itself was regarded as enjoyable, but less meaningful in the context of its human/android theme than had been hoped; yet Barret's playing of the title role was widely regarded as a skilled example of juvenile acting. He and his family paid their only visit to Japan at this time, to promote D.A.R.Y.L., and there was considerable worldwide interest in the movie. Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ...


Oliver won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for his role as the cyborg Daryl in the film D.A.R.Y.L.. The following are a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Performance by a Younger Actor: ... A cyborg is a cybernetic organism (i. ...


Oliver's next appearance was in the Shelley Duvall production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in her Tall Tales and Legends series for TV. At the end of the year (1985) he returned to the realm of sci-fi in Gramma, an episode of The New Twilight Zone based on a Stephen King story. Here Barret was on screen for the entire episode, and also did the voice-overs, but the low production values in NTZ prevented Barret's efforts from making much critical impression. In 1986, however, he moved on to his last feature-length role as a juvenile actor in Disney's lightweight comedy-crime-spoof Spot Marks the X. Here at last Barret was able to play the part of a normal, well-balanced, good-humored American youth, and he clearly revelled in the opportunity. Shelley Alexis Duvall (born July 7, 1949) is an award winning American film and television actress. ... The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a short story by Washington Irving contained in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. ... Sci-fi is an abbreviation for science fiction. ... Gramma was an episode that ran in the first season of the 1985–1989 revival of The Twilight Zone. ... The New Twilight Zone is the popular nickname for the 1985 revival of Rod Serlings acclaimed 1950/60s television series, The Twilight Zone; it was officially titled the same as the original. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ...


Henceforth Barret, his voice now changed, took on the roles of teenagers rather than children. In 1987 he returned to England to shoot The Secret Garden with a galaxy of British stars that included Sir Michael Hordern and Sir Derek Jacobi. The casting of an American in the role of Dickon Sowerby, an English rustic lad, is open to question, but Barret performed manfully, giving the part a wistful twist. Next, after completing an episode in the Hooperman television series, he was recalled in 1988 for a reprise of the Cocoon theme in Cocoon: The Return, but by this time his natural charm and confidence in front of a camera was less conspicuous, and he lacked the support of a Ron Howard. In 1989 he was asked by Paul Bartel to take on the role of Willie Saravian in Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills. Here Barret broke new ground - he played a diseased teenager with sexual fantasies. This became his last role. Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the United Kingdom anthem is God Save the Queen. ... For other uses, see Secret Garden (disambiguation). ... Sir Michael Hordern (October 3, 1911-May 2, 1995) was a British actor, knighted in 1983 for his services to the theatre. ... Sir Derek George Jacobi (born October 22, 1938) is a British actor, knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre. ... Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film about a group of elderly humans who were rejuvenated by aliens. ... 1988 sequel to the feature film, Cocoon. ... Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills is a black comedy released in 1989. ...


Photography

Most recently Oliver has been teaching photography classes in Los Angeles, and some of his photographic works have been put in galleries and exhibitions. He is respected for his knowledge of 19th century photography techniques and has written a book called "A History of the Woodburytype". He was also involved in the wet plate photography for the movie Cold Mountain. He is one of the 10 featured emerging photographers in the 2007 Silverstein Photography Annual (SPA). Photography [fÓ™tÉ‘grÓ™fi:],[foÊŠtÉ‘grÓ™fi:] is the process of recording pictures by means of capturing light on a light-sensitive medium, such as a film or electronic sensor. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Photography [fÓ™tÉ‘grÓ™fi:],[foÊŠtÉ‘grÓ™fi:] is the process of recording pictures by means of capturing light on a light-sensitive medium, such as a film or electronic sensor. ... The term Woodburytype refers to both a photomechanical process and the print produced by this process. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... See Han-Shan (Cold Mountain) for the Chinese poet. ...


Filmography

Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills is a black comedy released in 1989. ... 1988 sequel to the feature film, Cocoon. ... For other uses, see Secret Garden (disambiguation). ... Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film about a group of elderly humans who were rejuvenated by aliens. ... movie poster D.A.R.Y.L. is a 1985 science fiction movie which was written by David Ambrose, Allan Scott and Jeffrey Ellis. ... Die Unendliche Geschichte (better known by its English title The NeverEnding Story), is the 1984 film adaptation of the German fantasy novel by Michael Ende. ... Opening Title Card Frankenweenie (1984) is one of Tim Burtons earlier films, a parody of the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelleys book of the same name. ... Uncommon Valor (1983) is a war film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff. ... Kiss Me Good-Bye is the theme song of Final Fantasy XII, and is the third Japanese single by Angela Aki. ... Jekyll & Hyde. ... Knight Rider was a popular American television series that ran between September 26, 1982, and August 8, 1986. ...

External links

  • Barret Oliver at the Internet Movie Database
  • Unofficial Fan Site
  • A History of the Woodburytype +
  • Silverstein Photography Annual

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Barret Oliver Biography (1654 words)
Barret was born on 24th August 1973 (a Friday) in the Los Angeles area of California.
Barret made a strong impression, but was initially rejected on the grounds of being too young and immature for the role.
Barret's powerful contribution to the success of this movie brought him a measure of international stardom, and it is still regarded as a classic.
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