Barry MacKay (actor)

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Barry MacKay
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Barry Leonard Graham Reay-Mackey

(1906-01-08)8 January 1906
Died12 December 1985(1985-12-12) (aged 79)
Chelsea, London, England, U.K.
Years active1933–1955
Spouse(s)Natalie Hall

Barry MacKay (8 January 1906 – 12 December 1985) was a British actor.[1][2]

He was most prominently seen in light comedic roles in the British cinema of the 1930s and is perhaps best known as Jessie Matthews' leading man in Evergreen (1934), Gangway (1937) and Sailing Along (1938).[3] On Stage he performed at the Comedy Theatre, London, in the Green Room Rags of 2 December 1934; opposite Ann Todd in the sketch Every Twenty Thousand Years.

Other notable roles include Lieutenant Somerville in Brown on Resolution (1935) and as Fred, Scrooge's nephew, in MGM's film A Christmas Carol (1938), the latter being one of two films he made in the US; the other was the lead role in a B-picture, Smuggled Cargo (1939).[2] After these films and serving in the Canadian navy during WW II, followed by stage work, there was a long gap in his film career until he reappeared as a character actor in the 1950s, making his last film (Timeslip a.k.a. The Atomic Man ) in 1955.[3][4]

Barry also appeared in the 1954 Sheldon Reynolds produced Sherlock Holmes television series.[5] He portrayed Reggie "Sardines" Taunton in episode 17; "The Case of the Laughing Mummy".[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1933 The 1002nd Night Ganem Film debut, Voice
1934 Evergreen Tommy Thompson
Passing Shadows Jim Lawrence
The Private Life of Don Juan Rodrigo
Forbidden Territory Michael Farringdon
1935 Oh, Daddy! Jimmy Ellison
Me and Marlborough Dick Welch
The Private Secretary Douglas Cattermole
Brown on Resolution Lieutenant Somerville
1937 The Great Barrier Steve
Glamorous Night Anthony Allan
Gangway Bob Deering
Who Killed John Savage? Anthony Benedict
1938 Sailing Along Steve Barnes
A Christmas Carol Fred
1939 Smuggled Cargo Gerry Clayton
1952 The Pickwick Papers Mr. Snubbins
1953 Grand National Night Sergeant Gibson
Knights of the Round Table Green Knight's Squire Uncredited
1955 Orders are Orders R. S. M. Benson
Sherlock Holmes Reggie Taunton Episode: The Case of the Laughing Mummy
Timeslip Inspector Hammond Final film, Uncredited


  1. ^ "Barry MacKay". IMDb.
  2. ^ a b "Barry Mackay".
  3. ^ a b McFarlane, Brian; Slide, Anthony (14 August 2017). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780719091391 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Barry Mackay".
  5. ^ "Sherlock Holmes (1954) (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)".
  6. ^ "The Case of the Laughing Mummy (1955)".

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