John Barrard (born 1924, died 2013) was a British character actor who had a career spanning five decades and who perhaps is best known for playing Dooley, Santa's #2, in Santa Claus: The Movie (1985).
Barrard's television appearances included the Concierge in The Count of Monte Cristo (1956), Gatekeeper in an episode of Armchair Theatre (1956), George in The Larkins (1958), Napoleon in The Army Game (1960), Carlos the Pedlar in The Saint (1962), Mr Craddock in Crossroads (1964), the Shopkeeper in the Doctor Who story The Reign of Terror (1964) and two roles in Coronation Street; Harry Mascall in 1972 and Sidney Wilson in 1974. Before these roles he appeared in the Coronation Street spin-off Pardon the Expression (1965). Other appearances included Ludo McAllister in Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1965), Sid Seaton in Softly, Softly (1966), Arnold Maddox in The Troubleshooters (1966), Harris in Public Eye (1968), Valarti in The Avengers (1969), Sir Bruce Ingoe in Callan (1969), King of Diamonds in Here Come the Double Deckers (1970), Mr Whitfield in Doctor at Large (1971), Shop Assistant in Budgie (1972), and Mr Forbes/Mr Finch in The Fenn Street Gang (1971-1972).
Further television credits included Gem Setter in The Protectors (1972), Pilkington in Follyfoot (1973), Lionel in The Growing Pains of PC Penrose (1975), Chauffeur in The Sweeney (1976), Mr Oliver in Survivors (1977) Judge Lambsfoot in Dick Turpin (1980), Scruffy Man in The Professionals (1980), Dr Losborne in Oliver Twist (1982), Jonathon Hopper in Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Mr Barraclough/Executive in Metal Mickey (1980-1982), Lapsley/Josie's Dad in Last of the Summer Wine (1976-1983), Mr Adam in The Witches and the Grinnygog (1983), the Retired Morris Dancer in The Black Seal episode of The Black Adder (1983), Old Mr Brooks in We'll Think of Something (1986), Arkroyd in Never the Twain (1986-1987), Bernie in Terry and June (1987), Oskar Friedman in War and Remembrance (1989), Harold Wharton in One Foot in the Grave (1990), Anatole in Jeeves and Wooster (1990), Mr Pebbles in Sean's Show (1992), Baths Attendant in Minder (1993), Houseowner in Keeping Up Appearances (1993), Norman Spencer/Mr Jeffries in The Bill (1989-1999), Stamp Collector in Mr. Bean (1994) Security Guard in As Time Goes By (2000), and Mr Taylor in Doctors (2002).
His film roles included the Taxidermist in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Lennie Ross in Cover Girl Killer (1959), Small Man in Peeping Tom (1960), There Was a Crooked Man (1960), Honeydew in The Primitives (1962), Consul in We Joined the Navy (1962), Zebra Man in Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968), Wedding Guest in Crossplot (1969), Patron in Our Miss Fred (1972), Blind Man in Tales from the Crypt (1972), Benjamite Elder in King David (1985), Dooley in Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), Walter in Buster (1988), and Old Man in Swinging with the Finkels (2011).
Theatre appearances included The Tenth Man (1961) at the Comedy Theatre.
Barrard was the Chairman of the North West London branch of the actors' union Equity.
He died in his late eighties in 2013.
He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 17 October 2013 and his ashes were interred at the Golders Green Jewish Cemetery in May 2014.
Omar Kaczmarczyk has 45 years of experience in motion picture production, financing, marketing, and distribution, having consulted over 140 international co-productions and independent films worldwide. Omar Kaczmarczyk originated the concept of segmented rights sales for motion pictures that is now the industry standard. Today, he and his team of "visioneers" are a driving force in revolutionary new directions in motion picture and digital media development and distribution.
Specializing in the transmedia multi-platform digital marketplace, he is Managing Director of OKCO, the recently reorganized intellectual property asset management company he founded in 1985, providing development, marketing, financing, production, and distribution services (superseding LongTale International, a company he founded in 2006). He is also Chief Relationship Officer for Wonder Animation/Wonder Funding, and for Genesis Group Unlimited, an international production and marketing organization.
"Stories live forever," Omar says. When we become the asset manager of an intellectual property, the producer's creation becomes a perpetual wealth-builder. We are building a distribution model that creates new revenue streams from all over the globe that will generate wealth into the far distant future. We are a digital democracy where every viewer is counted."
Since 1968 when he left Mexico City with his first film under his arm, he has been building multi language and made-in-English product. Among his accomplishments are completed productions in India, the U.S., Nepal, Germany, Romania, and Canada, with further international co-productions in development and pre-production.
In 2006, he produced the feature-length documentary, Timothy Leary and the Art of Dying. In 2000, in conjunction with the Fries Film Group, he executive produced the live action film, The New Adventures of Pinocchio starring Martin Landau. In 1998, he was executive producer of the feature film, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, and he developed and executive produced Trimark Pictures' The Eternal, a.k.a. Trance, starring Christopher Walken.
Since the late 1970s, Omar is internationally recognized as a pioneer of innovative motion picture licensing strategies. Working in Zurich with producer Alexander Salkind, he assembled twenty feature films for distribution in the emerging worldwide video market. From 1978 to 1983, this package generated over $20 million dollars in this new, secondary distribution channel for films that is now such a major part of the movie business. These deals were key to the initial financing of Salkind's Superman and Superman II, the most expense independent movie productions of that time. Omar then implemented presale rights licensing for Superman III, Supergirl, and Santa Claus: The Movie starring Dudley Moore. His video sale of the Warner Brothers' theatrical release of Supergirl to International Video Entertainment (IVE) made industry headlines as the first "studio" segmented video deal. In 1984, for Salkind's Santa Claus, Omar challenged industry leaders with his newly developed segmented rights licensing system, creating a record breaking three-way distribution deal between Tristar, Viacom, and Media Home Entertainment. Considered revolutionary at the time, these segmented rights deals are now the accepted industry distribution sales practice for all of the members of International Film and Television Association, and International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
Arriving in Los Angeles in 1985, Omar consulted with several prominent producers and distributors. He developed foreign distribution operations for Scotti Brothers Pictures, advised Harvey Weinstein at Miramax on foreign sales operations, and created the financing and distribution marketing operations for Noble Entertainment. In 1986, he again created a record breaking sale for the USA rights to Tarak Ben Amara's Pirates, directed by Roman Polanski.
With his excellent relationship with Credit Lyonnais, he assisted the financially troubled IVE. He facilitated Carolco's merger with IVE, creating Carolco/LIVE Entertainment, which became Artisan Entertainment, which is now Lion's Gate. As an advisor to Fries Entertainment, Omar expedited an equity investment for the $10 million film Screamers (1986) with Peter Weller, based on the Phillip K. Dick story, "Second Variety."