Reginald C. Barker (April 2, 1886 – February 23, 1945) was a pioneer film director.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada his family moved to Scotland when he was an infant and then to the United States. Living in California, Barker wrote, produced, and acted in his first play at the age of sixteen following which he acted and handled stage manager duties with a traveling stock company. At age nineteen, he went to New York City where he worked as a stage manager for Henry Miller. Barker made his Broadway acting debut in 1910 in the Shubert brothers production of “Mary Magdalene” written by Maurice Maeterlinck.
Fascinated by the fledgling film business, Barker soon joined the Bison Motion Pictures division of the New York Motion Picture Company. At the company’s studio/ranch in California, he worked under film producer and screenwriter Thomas H. Ince. Acting was not Barker’s forte and he trained as an assistant director until 1912 when he directed his first film, a twenty… read more