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27-Apr-2019: Martin Boettcher (1927 to 2019), Father of the Old Shatterhand Theme

When Old Shatterhand in the shape of Lex Barker enters the screen, Martin Boettcher writes taylor-made themes for him. A synthesis which to this day has an overwhelming effect on the audience. Listening to these melodies you are instantly and very happily reminded of this particular hero of your youth.

Martin Boettcher passed away on Saturday after Good Friday 2019. Lex Barker's son Christopher said "Sad news, yes ... but together with all the many people who loved him I would like to celebrate his life and his work. I can only repeat what I have already recently said at an event in Berlin 'What would these movies have been without the music of Martin Boettcher?!' A fantastic composer, conductor and real gentleman is not with us anymore. I hope he will take his music to paradise and carry on there. My deepest sympathies to his family."

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02-Apr-2019: Specials for 100th birthday of Lex Barker

Celebrating Lex Barker's 100th birthday, there will be some surprises for fans:

  • commemorative coin A commemorative coin honoring Lex Barker's 100th birthday! After a time-consuming process of selecting the right image for this coin as well as setting up a productive network, Christopher Barker was presented with the no. 1 coin of this limited mintage. The coin is issued by the renowned company Euromint. Some of the proceeds will be donated to Kinderkrebshilfe (Children's Cancer Aid). more infos on presentation...
  • Tarzan-BoxThe Lex Barker Tarzan Collection. Pidax presents the five long-sought-after Tarzan movies (1949 to 1953) in one DVD box. .
  • Schatz im SilberseeThe Making of The Treasure of Silverlake: Berlin Movie Company Rialto-Film have opened their archives and are presenting over 600 mostly unpublished pictures in an amazing illustrated book about this legendary movie. See Lex Barker as you have never seen him before.
31-Mar-2019: Lex Barker and Berlin

On March 30, 2019 an event, organized by KMFF, the Berliner Karl-May-Freunde (Berlin Friends of Karl May), took place at the Intercontinental Hotel. Within the frame of this event, there was this very special function commemorating Lex Barker, the former performing actor of Old Shatterhand. In May, it would have been his one hundredth birthday.

The event had been organized in cooperation with Rialto-Film. Taking place at the Intercontinental (formerly Hilton) Hotel where Lex Barker used to stay when he was working in Berlin, the event held some nice surprises in store for its visitors.

For more information click here.

01-Feb-2019: New Interview with Companion

The conversation with Andrea King, born in 1919, like Lex Barker, will be the first interview contribution to the 100th anniversary of Lex Barker's birth. The actress was among Barker's closest circle of friends during the 'Golden Years of the Cinema' in Hollywood. Andrea King would have celebrated her 100th birthday this 1st February 2019.

31-Jan-2019: News about Lex Barker

The preparations for the English-language biography about the American actor, Lex Barker, are progressing well; his German fans can look forward to new content about their idol (working title: Lex Barker — The Film Book).

30-Jan-2019: Lex Barker and Rialto-Film

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Lex Barker’s date of birth, 30th March, 2019, the Berlin 'Karl-May-Freunde' will host an exclusive event at the Hotel Intercontinental (formerly Hotel Hilton) in Berlin, during which the former Old-Shatterhand actor will be the main focus; Lex Barker always stayed in this hotel during filming in Berlin. The function is a co-operative undertaking together with Rialto-Film, and promises a few surprises for Barker-friends.

In the meantime, the event has been sold out; however, these pages will feature detailed reports afterwards.

30-May-2018: In Preparation: English-language biography

An English-language biography about the actor is progressing well to be ready in time for the 100th anniversary of Lex Barker’s birth in May 2019.

16-May-2018: Nominated for Hollywood: Lex Barker

Lex Barker enters the race for a star on the 'Walk of Fame' in Hollywood.

Hollywood, May 2018. The nomination for a star for Lex Barker on the world-famous 'Walk of Fame' in Hollywood was submitted to the Chamber of Commerce. It is now a matter of 'crossing fingers' by all fans of the unforgettable actor. The jury will choose the winning applicants in June 2018, and perhaps then the category 'Postum' in Hollywood will proclaim: 'The Winner is ... Lex Barker.' The popular 'Tarzan' and 'Old Shatterhand' actor would certainly be deserving of it. Especially since Lex Barker would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2019.

08-May-2018: 99th anniversary of Lex Barkers birth
11 May 2018: Forty-fifth anniversary of Lex Barkers death

Radio WDR 2 payed tribute to the unforgettable actor during the program 'Stichtag' on 11th May. You can hear it here:

31-May-2014: New Nomination for the Walk of Fame

Nomination Again, a nomination is submitted to place a star for Lex Barker on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Perhaps it will be successful on the occasion of Barker's 95th birthday. The decision will be made in June. Please keep your fingers crossed! We thank Karen Kondazian for her support, as well as talks on the subject in Hollywood.

Work continues on projects like the English language Lex Barker biography, as well as the film documentation of Lex Barker's life.

11-May-2013: 40th anniversary of Lex Barker's death - Part 2

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Lex Barker's death, ARD-Magazine Brisant will broadcast as part of its program on the 10th May, 2013 — with start at 5.15pm — a tribute in honour of the unforgettable actor. For that purpose, exclusive interviews have been recorded with Lex Barker's son, Christopher (in Switzerland), and Winnetou Pierre Brice (in Paris) at the beginning of the week. An hommage of a special kind!

09-May-2013: 40th anniversary of Lex Barker's death

On the eleventh of May, 2013, forty years have passed since Lex Barker's death. The years have not diminished his popularity among the audience. On the contrary — he remains in the hearts of his fans and is now being adored by 'up-and-coming' generations in his famous roles of Tarzan and Old Shatterhand. The screening of his movies on television, as well as new, 'remastered' editions on DVD and Blu-ray are evidence of it.

Special commemorative contributions on Lex Barker during the month of May include an article by the men's magazine GQ, among others. A new nomination for Barker's inclusion on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood is also under preparation. In addition, an English language edition of the Lex Barker biography is being created, as well as a new book about the German Westerns (in which film people around the world will speak about Old Shatterhand Lex Barker).

21-Nov-2012: Old Shatterhand in the Western's Country of Origin

Lex Barker's brilliant success Old Shatterhand began fifty years ago in Germany and Europe. The fact that the German Westerns with the star from Hollywood also screened in American cinemas, and earned respectful reviews, is not so well known. The latest special feature is following the trails of Old Shatterhand in the Western's country of origin, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Treasure of Silver Lake.

More information see here.

21-Jul-2012: Anniversary—fifty years Old Shatterhand Lex Barker

Fifty years ago, Lex Barker stepped into the role of Old Shatterhand and emerged as the ideal main character of the Karl May movie The Treasure of Silver Lake (1962).

On the twenty-fifth of July, 1962, during the stopover in Frankfurt, on his flight to Berlin for dress rehearsals, Barker is interviewed by the press, and voices his joy at the new role and the filming work in (the former) Yugoslavia. Barker is aware that Pierre Brice, the French actor he met earlier in Rome, will portray the Indian chief Winnetou. He has also been informed that his colleague Herbert Lom is part of the project as co-director to German Harald Reinl. To celebrate the Shatterhand jubilee, a special article will shortly be released on these Internet pages.

Likewise, Tarzan, the jungle man created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, will celebrate his one-hundredth anniversary in August, 2012. A feature dedicated to Tarzan Lex Barker will be published on these pages in the second half of 2012.

Moreover, preparations are well underway to shoot new film clips for the documentary of Lex Barker's life, as well as the publishing of a new book.

05-May-2011: Lex Barker — The Illustrated Biography

Biography by Reiner Boller The wait is over! The standard work about Lex Barker (by Reiner Boller & Christiane Boehme) has been released now by the publishing house Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf as a special paperback edition. It contains previously unpublished photos of Lex Barker as well as commentary by his friends and colleagues.

22-Mar-2011: I Wear A Great Name (Program on SWR-television, Germany)

The subject of this round in the station's quiz show about great names is Lex Barker. The recording of the show took place on 24 Feb 2011 in Baden-Baden.

Guest in the studio was Lex Barker's son, Christopher Barker, the descendant of the unforgettable actor. Whether or not the quiz-team of Robert Willemsen, Julia Westlake, and Ingo Zamperone were able to guess the great name will be revealed during the airing of the SWR television programme at 18.15 p.m. on Sunday, 3 April 2011. Maybe the game show host Anja Hoefer was able to steer them onto the right trail?

See here.

01-Jan-2011: Lex Barker -- The Illustrated Biography

The standard work about Lex Barker (by Reiner Boller & Christiane Boehme) will be released in spring of 2011 by the publishing house Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf as a special paperback edition. It contains previously unpublished photos of Lex Barker and comments by his friends and colleagues.

20-Nov-2010: New interview with travelling companions

The conversation with Liana Orfei is the second interview contribution for 2010. Orfei partnered Lex Barker on the screen several times and has much to tell.

22-Oct-2010: Documentary shoot in Berlin

During October 2010, more filming for the documentary about Lex Barker's life took place in Berlin, together with his son Zan.

More information: Documentary shoot in Berlin

12-Jun-2010: Documentary filming in Croatia

In May 2010, new footage was filmed on the original locations of the 1960s for a documentary about Lex Barker's life with the actor's son, Christopher Barker.

Find it under: Documentary filming in Croatia

09-May-2010: Nomination for Walk of Fame and new interview with companions

The 2010 nomination for a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood for Lex Barker has been submitted to the selection committee. Perhaps we will be successful this year, when the famous trail of stars celebrates its 50th anniversary. The decision will be made in June. Please keep your fingers crossed again!

Brett Halsey's interview is a new contribution to the series of conversations with Lex Barker's companions. Halsey was a member of the American community during Rome's dolce vita. By the way: it was fifty years ago, in May 1960, when Fellini's La Dolce Vita created a furore at the Cannes film festival, where it began its world-wide victory tour.

29-Nov-2009: New interviews with Travelling Companion

The interview with Marsha Hunt is a new contribution to the series of conversations with Lex Barker's companions. Nr. 3 of interviews with strong female personalities. Link to other contributions: Marie Versini and Karen Kondazian.

02-Nov-2009: New interviews with Travelling Companion

The interview with Karen Kondazian is a new contribution to the series of conversations with Lex Barker's companions. Nr. 2 of interviews with strong female personalities.

Link to contribution No 1: Marie Versini.

18-Oct-2009: New interviews with companions

The interview with Marie Versini is a new contribution to the series of conversations with Lex Barker's companions. Shortly, two more interviews with strong female personalities from the movie metropolis Hollywood will be published.

21-Jul-2009: Hollywood remembers Lex Barker

Hollywood is the city of movie legends. On 29 June 2009, the first frames for a film documentary of Lex Barker's life were shot in the famous film metropolis.

Find it under 90 Years of Lex Barker - Hollywood memories.

20-Jul-2009: Tarzan comics with Lex Barker

The popular Tarzan comics from the fifties with the beautiful Lex Barker cover images will again be published from October 2009 onwards in the USA by the company Dark Horse, in several collectors editions. The project includes all volumes with the Barker covers for the original comics, editions 13 through to 54, published by Dell during 1850 to 1954.

05-Jul-2009: No Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009

There will be no star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Lex Barker in 2009, but we don't give up! You can still sign the petition here.

12-May-2009: Lex Barker's 90th Birthday — Review and Preview

On the occasion of this anniversary, the five Tarzan movies with Lex Barker have been released in the USA by Warner Bros for the first time on DVD. In July, the films are to be screened again as part of the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) programme.

On 13th May, Bavarian Television broadcasts a small special 'Lex Barker's Ninetieth!' during their programme 'Kino Kino'.

The fact that Lex Barker is still very suited for the cover of a magazine, is evidenced by the latest edition of 'Karl May & Co', May 2009, No 116.

08-May-2009: 90 years Lex Barker

Today, Lex Barker would have been ninety years old. Happy Birthday! The unforgettable actor, who played Tarzan and Old Shatterhand, continues to be an international idol. His sons speak about their father on the occasion of his birthday.

Find it under: 90 years Lex Barker

21-Jan-2009: Lex Barker... in Los Angeles

In 2009, Lex Barker would have celebrated his 90th birthday. On the occasion of the anniversary year, this website will present fresh articles and interviews throughout 2009. To begin, we visit the city known as the metropolis of the motion picture industry, where Lex Barker became a movie actor.

You can find it here: Early chapters of life - Los Angeles

09-Jan-2009: Lex Barker and the 'Walk of Fame'

In 2009 Lex Barker will again be nominated for the awarding of a star on the 'Walk of Fame' in Hollywood. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, movie town Kanab in Utah has honoured Lex Barker with a commemorative plaque. Lex Barker now has his place in the line-up next to Glenn Ford, Ronald Reagan, James Arness and John Wayne. Thank you Kanab!

Pictures a now available, please take a look!

09-Jan-2009: Documentary about Lex Barker's life

To celebrate Lex Barker a TV documentary is planned about the actor's life. Detailed information will be made available on this website.

24-Jun-2008: Opinion poll on the popularity of Lex Barker's roles

Vote for your favourite role Lex Barker played in his long career!
You can find it here: Filmography - Opinion poll.

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Last updated:  07-15-2009