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Barry Otto
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Otto at the Spot Festival in March 2012
Born 1941 (age 82–83)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–present
Lindsay Otto
(div. 1973)
Partner(s) Susan Hill
Children 3, including Miranda and Gracie Otto

Barry Otto (born 1941) is an Australian actor, primarily of cinema, and an amateur artist.

Early life

Barry Otto was born in Brisbane in 1941, the son of a butcher. He trained as an artist but switched to acting.


Otto portrayed Administrator Allsop in Australia in 2008. He also had roles in Strictly Ballroom, Cosi, The Dressmaker, Kiss or Kill, Dead Letter Office, The Visitor, The Great Gatsby, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Love's Brother (see Filmography). In 2015 Otto voiced the role of Mayor Wilberforce Cranklepot, a goanna, in Blinky Bill the Movie.

Personal life

Otto married Lindsay, with whom he has a daughter Miranda (an actress), born on 16 December 1967 in Brisbane. They divorced in 1973.

With his partner Susan "Sue" Hill, he has a son, Eddy (a teacher and professional cricket coach), and daughter, Gracie (a filmmaker and actress), born on 23 May 1987 in Sydney.

Otto is an amateur artist. He often paints members of his family and has twice entered the Archibald Prize.


Deborah Mailman, Barry Otto (6825541756)
Otto with Australian actress Deborah Mailman in 2012


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Benny Hill Down Under Trevor McKenzie TV movie
1982 Norman Loves Rose Charles Feature film
1984 The Secret Discovery of Australia French Ambassador
Undercover Professor Henckel Feature film
Who Killed Hannah Jane? James Harnney TV movie
1985 Bliss Harry Joy Feature film
1986 The More Things Change... Lex Feature film
1987 Howling III: The Marsupials Professor Harry Beckmeyer Feature film
1988 Takeover George Oppenheimer Feature film
1989 The Punisher 'Shake' Feature film
1992 Strictly Ballroom Doug Hastings Feature film
1993 The Custodian Ferguson Feature film
1994 Exile Sheriff Hamilton Feature film
1995 Dad and Dave: On Our Selection J.P. Riley Feature film
1996 Lilian's Story John Singer Feature film
Così Roy Feature film
My Entire Life (aka Mr Reliable) The Premier Feature film
1997 I Love Rachel Unknown
Mr. Nice Guy Baggio Feature film
Oscar and Lucinda Jimmy D'Abbs Feature film
Kiss or Kill Adler Jones Feature film
Frontier Government Agent Archibald Meston
1998 Dead Letter Office Gerald Urquhart Feature film
2002 The Visitor Michael Short film
2004 Love's Brother Father Alfredo Feature film
Loot Charles Highsmith
2006 Single White Farmer Poley
2007 Rogue Merv Feature film
La même nuit The Concierge
Soul Mates Paddy Byrne
Cheap Seats Enjouer
2008 Newcastle Gramps Feature film
Australia Administrator Allsop Feature film
$9.99 Albert (voice) Feature film (animated)
Three Blind Mice Fred Feature film
In a Pig's Eye Unknown
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Echidna (voice) Feature film (animated)
South Solitary George Wadsworth Feature film
Seamstress Unknown
2011 To Face the Sun Father
Waiting for the Turning of the Earth Tom
2012 A Cautionary Tail Doctor (voice)
2013 The Great Gatsby Benny McClenahan Feature film
2015 Blinky Bill the Movie Mayor Wilberforce Cranklepot (voice) Feature film
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice in an Animated Film
The Dressmaker Percival Almanac Feature film
2016 Pypo
Fish with Legs Head Fish Warren


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Until Tomorrow Trevor McKenzie TV series
1978 Case for the Defence Doctor TV series
Tickled Pink Leo TV special
1983 The Dismissal Miniseries
A Country Practice Bela Szollos TV series
1997-1999 Murder Call Otis Farrow TV series, season 2, episodes 10-11: Deadfall (parts 1 &2)
2005 The Secret Life of Us Bill Holdforth TV series
Season 4, Episode 12 "The Heart of Friday Night"
2006 Stupid Stupid Man Principal Cooper TV series
All Saints Bob Tyrell TV series
2013 Dance Academy Sir Jeffery TV series - 6 episodes (Season 3)
2016 Rake Judge Cowper TV series
2017 Sisters Julius Bechly TV series - 7 episodes
2019 The Other Guy Ron TV series
Episode: "New Wheels and Cock Socks"


Otto received an AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in Strictly Ballroom and was nominated for Bliss, Cosi and The More Things Change....

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Otto's plaque at the Australian Film Walk of Fame, Ritz Cinema, Randwick, Sydney

Barry Otto at Randwick in Sydney on the Australian Film Walk of Fame.

See also

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