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T. Roy Barnes

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T. Roy Barnes

Cover of Sphinx (Feb. 1910)
DiedMarch 30, 1937
Hollywood, California

T. Roy Barnes (1880-1937) was a vaudeville headliner from England. He toured with his wife Bessie Crawford and in one act called "The Faker and the Prima Donna", Barnes played a medicine faker and Crawford a prima donna seeking a place on the stage. The act was interspersed with a few sleight of hand tricks.


It was reported in the Sphinx for September 1916 that he stopped doing magic and focused on becoming a comedian.[1]

Barnes made his screen debut in "So Long, Letty" (1920) and went on to play in scores of other comedies. He played along side W. C. Fields in "It's a Gift" (1934).[2][3][4]


  3. Obit, Sphinx, April, 1937
  4. Cover Sphinx April 1913