Stuntman enjoys role as Santa
NEW CASTLE – Unlike a lot of people, Ned Barron isn’t shy in front of the camera – he’s used to it.And he should be – having spent years working as an actor and stuntman in southern California.”Oh, I’ve jumped out of windows and gotten run over by trains,” he shrugs with a smile. “I started out in the industry as an extra.”Barron played a part on the TV show “Mike Hammer – Private Eye,” which ran in the late 1990s.”I sat in jail and danced,” Barron recalled. “It was fun.”He was also a regular cast member on “Air America,” starring Lorenzo Lamas.
But his talents aren’t limited to show business.Born in New Mexico and raised in Ventura, Calif., Barron has also been a martial arts instructor and a volunteer with the Ventura Police Department, working with youth. A full-blooded Native American, Barron serves as a Holy Man for the Apache nation in New Mexico and regularly attends powwows.”I’ve been a Holy Man for most of my life,” Barron said.His Native American heritage is apparent in his home in Apple Tree Park, which he shares with his wife, Carolyn, a dog, two cats, two birds and three fish. Prints of Native Americans adorn the walls and a “dream catcher” made of a metal ring adorned with beads, feathers and brushed wool, hangs over the bed.”Dream-catchers catch the bad dreams and only let the good dreams come through,” he explained.Barron also plays Santa Claus, most recently at a Glenwood chamber function at Centennial Park.
“I love kids,” Barron beamed. “If there’s anything I can do for the kids, I’m right there.”One little Latino girl came to sit on his lap, but she didn’t speak any English.”I was talking to her, and she kept looking at me, and I realized she didn’t understand a word I was saying,” Barron said.So he did what any good Santa would do, and immediately switched to Spanish, which he speaks fluently.”When we were done, she said ‘I can’t believe I got to see the real Santa!'” Barron said with a laugh.Not only does he speak fluent English and Spanish, he also speaks Italian and his Native American tongue.
“I just learned it from being around people,” Barron said. “I pick it up here and there.”And while he loves children and animals, Barron’s first love is his wife, Carolyn.The two met over the Internet while he was living in Ventura. They have been married now for four years.”She’s the greatest woman that’s ever lived,” Barron said earnestly. “We met on the Internet and then started talking on the phone and then met in Colorado. I didn’t want to go back, and I’ve never left.”Barron now calls Colorado home and says he plans to remain here because he loves the area and the people.”I love the mountains and the four seasons, but especially the people,” he said. “The people are absolutely terrific. They don’t just shake your hand, they give you a hug. The people here are awesome.”A stuntman, actor, martial arts instructor, Holy Man, multi-lingual Santa Claus and a loving husband and father – Ned Barron seems pretty cool himself.
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