Joe Barrett began his acting career at the age of five, in the basement of his family's home in upstate New York. He played the non-speaking "Old Gardener" in a drama written by his seven older siblings. The character was murdered in the opening scene, setting the plot in motion. Joe does not remember the plot but knows the murder was gruesome and heinous. He has gone on to play many stage roles, old and young, both on and off-Broadway and in regional theaters from Los Angeles, Houston, and St. Louis to Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Portland, Maine. He has also appeared in films and on television, and in hundreds of television and radio commercials.
Joe is a two-time Audie Award finalist and has won six Earphones Awards from AudioFile Magazine...Show More »
AudioFile declared of his narration of John Irving's A Prayer For Owen Meany, "This moving book comes across like a concerto in this audio version, with a soloist - Owen's voice - rising from the background of an orchestral narration." Publishers Weekly said of his performance of Richard Ford's The Lay of the Land, "[Frank Bascombe] must be one of the most difficult fictional characters to bring to audio life [but] Barrett . . . has a voice that . . . catches every nuance from the odd to the tragic."
Joe is married to actress Andrea Wright. They have four great big children.
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