Bruno Barnabe

Bruno Bianco Alberto G. G. Barnabe (3 April 1905 in London June 1998 in Surrey) was an English film and stage actor. He performed in the West End, on Broadway, and in Egypt, Australia and New Zealand.

Bruno Barnabe
Bruno Bianco Alberto G. G. Barnabe

(1905-04-03)3 April 1905
Died20 June 1998(1998-06-20) (aged 93)
Years active1935–1980
Spouse(s)Avice Landone (1940–1976) (her death) (1 child)


Barnabe was born in St Giles, London on 3 April 1905[1] to Tina (née Bendi) and Louis Vincent Barnabe. He married Avice Landone,[2] who died in 1976. He trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art[2] where he studied mime under Theodore Komisarjevsky.[3] Barnabe served with the British Armed Forces from 1942 through 1946.[2] He died in June 1998.[4]

Stage career

Barnabe made his first stage appearance on 4 April 1927 playing a wedding guest in The Dybbuk at the Royalty Theatre. In October 1928, Barnabe traveled to Egypt as a member of a Shakespearean company led by Robert Atkins. The following year he traveled to the United States with Ben Greet; during this trip he portrayed Everyman at Columbia University, which marked his first stage appearance in New York City.[2] His first and only appearance on Broadway came in 1935 in the original production of Escape Me Never at the Shubert Theatre.[5] In 1937, Barnabe went on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in a company led by Fay Compton. Other major venues at which Barnabe appeared include the Criterion Theatre, the Q Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Windsor.[2]

Film career

Barnabe appeared in films as early as 1927 and appeared on television as early as 1937. He appeared on numerous television shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including Maigret, Danger Island, The Troubleshooters and Jesus of Nazareth. Films in which Barnabe acted include Man in the Shadow (1957), Pit of Darkness (1961), The Mummy's Shroud (1967), and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). He also appeared in a television adaptation of King Richard the Second in 1978.[4]

Selected filmography


  2. Ian Herbert, ed. (1981). "BARNABE, Bruno". Who's Who in the Theatre. 1. Gale Research Company. p. 4344. ISSN 0083-9833.
  3. Mennen, Richard E. (October 1979). "Theodore Komisarjevsky's Production of "The Merchant of Venice"". Theatre Journal. 31 (3): 395. JSTOR 3219342.
  4. Bruno Barnabe on IMDb
  5. Bruno Barnabe at the Internet Broadway Database
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