Actor Barry Ratcliffe was awarded the Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown, Maryland on Friday August 20, 2021.
Film Festival Board of Directors President Nicole Houser said, “The Mendez Award is awarded to someone who has succeeded in the Television and Film Industry; or has supported film and television and has given back to the community. Barry Ratcliffe is an internationally renowned actor and has been a fixture in film and television for decades. He gives back to the community in a variety of ways, and is also being recognized for his kindness, humor, and support of the Arts.”
Barry is active in community drama and arts, volunteering to teach classes and offering motivational talks to aspiring artists. He is also active in social issues as a past national representative and speaker for Drug Free programs, and as a director for the Office of Problem Gambling. He is also a licensed financial advisor to select families and specializes in those in the entertainment field.
The first official Mendez Award was named after and was awarded to Antonio "Tony" Mendez, CIA Master of Disguise, Founder of the Spy Museum, and Award-Winning Author and Painter. His fame included the Best Picture film ARGO being produced about his actions in the CIA.