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Barret Oliver


Barret Oliver

Barret Oliver
Born Barret Spencer Oliver
(1973-08-24) August 24, 1973
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Former child actor, photographer
Years active Actor: 1981–1989
Awards Saturn Award 1986

Barret Spencer Oliver (born August 24, 1973) is an American photographer and former child actor. He is known for his role as Bastian Balthazar Bux in the film adaptation of Michael Ende's novel The NeverEnding Story, followed by roles in D.A.R.Y.L., Cocoon and Cocoon: The Return.


  • Career 1
  • Filmography 2
    • Film 2.1
    • Television 2.2
  • Awards and nominations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Oliver had minor roles in television and film, until starring as Bastian in the 1984 movie The NeverEnding Story. Subsequently, he was cast as the lead in Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie[1] and as the android 'Daryl' in the 1985 film D.A.R.Y.L., a part for which he won a Saturn Award.[2] Oliver appeared in the Ron Howard film Cocoon and the sequel Cocoon: The Return. His last role in a feature film was Willie Saravian in Paul Bartel's 1989 ensemble comedy Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills.[3]

Later Oliver became a printer and photographer, specializing in nineteenth century processes such as collodion and Woodburytype. His work has been displayed in museum and gallery exhibitions and used in films. In 2007, his book A History of the Woodburytype was published by Carl Mautz Publishing.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again Child in supermarket
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye Little Boy
1982 The Circle Family Q.P. Television movie
1983 Uncommon Valor Kid #2
1984 The NeverEnding Story Bastian
1984 Invitation to Hell Robbie Winslow
1984 Frankenweenie Victor Frankenstein Short film
1985 D.A.R.Y.L. Daryl Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture
1985 Cocoon David
1986 Spot Marks the X Ken Miller Television movie
1987 The Secret Garden Dickon Sowerby Television movie
1988 Cocoon: The Return David
1989 Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Willie Saravian


Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Incredible Hulk Jimmy the Kid Episode: "Veteran"
1982 Knight Rider Buddy Episode: "Knight of the Phoenix - Part 1 & 2"
1983 Love, Sidney Unknown Episode: "Surprise Party"
1984 Lottery! Unknown Episode: "San Diego - Bingo!"
1984 Highway to Heaven Arthur Nealy Episode: "To Touch the Moon"
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Guest Actor in a Television Series
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Matthew Powell Episode: "Portraits"
1986 The Twilight Zone Georgie Episode: "Gramma"
1987 Tall Tales & Legends Hendrick Van Tassel Episode: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
1988 Hooperman Anthony Episode: "Me and Mr. Magoo"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Category Result
1983 Young Artist Award The Circle Family Best Young Actor in a Television Special Nominated[5]
1985 Highway to Heaven Best Young Actor - Guest in a Television Series Nominated[6]
The NeverEnding Story Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama Nominated[6]
1986 D.A.R.Y.L. Best Starring Performance by a Young Actor - Motion Picture Nominated[7]
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor Best Performance by a Younger Actor Won[8]


  1. ^ Mayo, Michael (May 1985). "Frankenweenie".  
  2. ^ Lofficier, Randy;  
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (9 June 1989). "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills". New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "about Barret Oliver". Carl Mautz Publishing. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fourth Annual Youth in Film Awards, 1981–1982".  
  6. ^ a b "Sixth Annual Youth in Film Awards, 1983–1984".  
  7. ^ "Seventh Annual Youth in Film Awards, 1984–1985".  
  8. ^ "Saturn Awards: Best Performance by a Younger Actor, 1985".  

External links

  • Barret Oliver at the Internet Movie Database
  • Barret Oliver archive
  • Silverstein Photography Annual
  • HollyWood News Article (Archived)
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