Barry Howard, English actor, Died at 78

  Actor, Business

Barry Howard was born on July 9, 1937, and died on April 28, 2016.

He was an English actor.

He was most recognised for his role as Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in the first seven series of the long-running BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!.

Barry’s deadpan comedy style and classic facial expressions made him a very popular character, but in series 7 of the sitcom, he left the show and was replaced by Julian Dalrymple- Sykes, played by Ben Aris.

When he was finishing up his national service in the Navy, Howard found himself wanting to train for the theatre at the Birmingham Theatre School.

He was not able to get a grant from the local authority, Barry worked for almost two years at the Alexandra Theatre in a backstage role to fund his place at drama school.

Howard made an appearance in Terry and June, You Rang, M’Lord?, The House of Windsor and Dad, in addition to Hi-de-Hi!.

Barry Howard played the character of Geoffrey in the short film Open Casket, in 2004.

During November 2009, Barry appeared in an episode of the BBC comedy Beautiful People.

He also appeared in Doctor Who, in its 2009 two-part Christmas special, as driver of the mini-bus containing the old age pensioners’ group seeking the Doctor.

Howard appeared in the fifth series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy Fags, Mags and Bags as Frank Butcher, during 2012.

Howard gave the voice of the lead character in ITV’s sitcom Mr Snufflesworth, during 2015.

That was a live action comedy starring a dachshund dog who lives in South London.

Barry was a stage actor also, and regularly appeared in pantomimes as an ugly sister opposite John Inman.

Barry Howard passed away at 78 yrs old due to cancer.