Barry Otto

Barry Otto (born 1941) is an Australian actor and voice artist, primarily of cinema, and an amateur artist.

Barry Otto
Otto at the Spot Festival
Born1941 (age 7778)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Years active1975present
Spouse(s)(1) Lindsay Otto; 1 daughter
(2) Sue Hill; 1 son, 1 daughter
ChildrenMiranda Otto
Gracie Otto

Early life

Barry Otto was born in Brisbane in 1941, the son of a butcher. He trained as an artist but switched to acting.


Otto received an AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in Strictly Ballroom and was nominated for Bliss, Cosi and The More Things Change....

An amateur artist, he often paints members of his family and has twice entered the Archibald Prize.[1]

Otto portrayed Administrator Allsop in Australia in 2008. He also had roles in The Dressmaker, Kiss or Kill, Dead Letter Office, The Visitor, The Great Gatsby, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Love's Brother (see Filmography). In 2015 Otto voiced the role of Mayor Wilberforce Cranklepot, a goanna, in Blinky Bill the Movie.

Personal life

Otto married Lindsay, with whom he has a daughter Miranda, born on 16 December 1967 in Brisbane. They divorced in 1973. With his partner Sue Hill, he has a son, Eddy (a teacher and professional cricket coach), and daughter, Gracie, born on 23 May 1987 in Sydney. Gracie and Miranda Otto are both actresses.


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Until Tomorrow Trevor McKenzie
1977 Benny Hill Down Under (TV Movie)
1978 Case for the Defence Doctor
Tickled Pink Leo
1982 Norman Loves Rose Charles
1983 The Dismissal
A Country Practice Bela Szollos
1984 The Secret Discovery of Australia (1984) French Ambassador
Undercover Professor Henckel
Who Killed Hannah Jane? James Harnney
1985 Bliss Harry Joy
1986 The More Things Change... Lex
1987 Howling III: The Marsupials Professor Harry Beckmeyer
1988 Takeover George Oppenheimer
1989 The Punisher Shake
1992 Strictly Ballroom Doug Hastings
1993 The Custodian Ferguson
1994 Exile Sheriff Hamilton
1995 Dad and Dave: On Our Selection J P Riley
1996 Lilian's Story John Singer
Così Roy
My Entire Life The Premier
1997 I Love Rachel
Mr. Nice Guy Baggio
Oscar and Lucinda Jimmy D'Abbs
Kiss or Kill Adler Jones
Frontier Government Agent Archibald Meston
1997-1999 Murder Call Otis Farrow
1998 Dead Letter Office Gerald Urquhart
2002 The Visitor Michael
2004 Love's Brother Father Alfredo
Loot Charles Highsmith
2006 Stupid Stupid Man Principal Cooper
Single White Farmer Poley
All Saints Bob Tyrell
2007 Rogue Merv
La même nuit The Concierge
Soul Mates Paddy Byrne
Cheap Seats Enjouer
2008 Newcastle Gramps
Australia Administrator Allsop
$9.99 Albert (voice)
Three Blind Mice Fred
In a Pig's Eye
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Echidna (voice)
South Solitary George Wadsworth
2011 To Face the Sun Father
Waiting for the Turning of the Earth Tom
2012 A Cautionary Tail Doctor (voice)
2013 The Great Gatsby Benny McClenahan
Dance Academy Sir Jeffery (6 episodes) in Season 3
2015 Blinky Bill the Movie Mayor Wilberforce Cranklepot (Voice) Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice in an Animated Film
The Dressmaker Percival Almanac
2016 Rake Judge Cowper
Fish with Legs Head Fish Warren
2017 Sisters (pre-production)


Barry Otto at Randwick in Sydney to won of Australian Film Walk of Fame.


  1. Schwartzkoff, Louise (7 February 2009). "Barry's M.Otto: if at first you don't succeed, paint on". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
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