Project Description

Richard Bartlett was a successful actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He was born in 1922, and by 1951 had landed a role in the widely popular film, I Was an American Spy. This was just the first in a string of movies for Richard. Over the next two years he played an array of widely varying parts including Betz in No Questions Asked, Tony Korvac in The People Against OHara, Johnny Mayer in Street Bandits, and Chunung in Hiawatha, along with roles in many other productions.

In 1954 Richard got his big break and was afforded the opportunity to direct and star in his own screenplay Silent Raiders as Sgt. Jack. This low-budget World War II drama was released on September 17, 1954. Despite the cast of virtual unknowns, Silent Raiders did fairly well for itself. Richard went on to write, direct and act in 2 more films the following year, playing King Daniels in The Silver Star and Larry Baker in The Lonesome Trail. Both films were Western dramas, in fact The Silver Star, also known as The Sheriff, was modeled after the classic film High Noon. While Richards Silver Star did not debut to glowing reviews, it remains one of the better character studies of 1950s film.

Throughout the rest of the decade and into the 1960s and 70s, Richard continued making a name for himself by doing guest appearances on television shows, and directing more than seven films; including one of the earliest acknowledgments of the rock-and-roll craze, Rock, Pretty Baby.

Despite living with diabetes, Richard Bartlett was able to overcome and achieve great success throughout his life in many different areas of the entertainment industry. He was a talented actor, director, screenwriter and producer, crossing media and genre alike.