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Barry Humphries Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Death

Barry Humphries Quick Info
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 89 kg
Date of Birth February 17, 1934
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Date of Death April 22, 2023

Barry Humphries was a talented Australian comedian, actor, author, and satirist who found huge popularity by dressing up in drag as the characters Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He was cherished for his Dadaist and absurdist humor and was considered to be ‘the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin‘.

Born Name

John Barry Humphries

Nick Name

Sunny Sam

Barry Humphries as seen in 2001
Barry Humphries as seen in 2001 (WTCA / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)


He was born on February 17, 1934.


He passed away on April 22, 2023, in Sydney, New South Wales, at the age of 89 years from complications arising out of a hip replacement surgery.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Australian nationality



Barry was educated at the Camberwell Grammar School followed by the Melbourne Grammar School.

He attended the University of Melbourne for 2 years, during which he studied Philosophy, Law, and Fine Arts. However, he dropped out before completing his graduation.


Comedian, Actor, Author, Satirist


  • Father – Eric Humphries (Construction Manager)
  • Mother – Louisa Agnes (née Brown)

Net Worth

At the time of his death, Barry’s net worth was $12 million according to


Character Comedy, satire




5 ft 10 in or 178 cm


89 kg or 196 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Barry Humphries had dated –

  1. Brenda Wright – He was married to Brenda Wright for nearly 2 years. The couple welcomed 2 daughters together named Tessa Humphries and Emily Humphries before going their separate ways.
  2. Rosalind Tong – His 2nd marriage was to Rosalind Tong, during which he fathered a son named Oscar Humphries (b. April 23, 1981).
  3. Diane Millstead – Diane Millstead became his 3rd wife and she gave birth to their only child, a son named Rupert Humphries.
  4. Elizabeth Spender (1990-2023) – His fourth and last marriage was to Elizabeth Spender, which lasted from 1990 until his death on April 22, 2023.
Barry Humphries seen dressed as Dame Edna in 2012
Barry Humphries seen dressed as Dame Edna in 2012 (Eva Rinaldi / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Race / Ethnicity


He had English ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ by the time of his death.

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

His trademark greeting while dressed as Dame Edna was “Hello Possums”!

Barry Humphries Favorite Things

  • Writer – Vladimir Nabokov

Source –

Barry Humphries as seen at The Lucky One World Premiere at Bondi Junction in Sydney in 2012
Barry Humphries as seen at The Lucky One World Premiere at Bondi Junction in Sydney in 2012 (Eva Rinaldi / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Barry Humphries Facts

  1. He was an avid art collector and, at one point, owned the largest private collection of Charles Conder’s artworks in the world.
  2. Barry suffered from Asperger’s syndrome.
  3. He had worked as a Sunday school teacher in Melbourne for a few years in the 1950s.
  4. In 2007, Barry was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) at Queen Elizabeth II‘s Birthday Honors List for his services to entertainment.
  5. Joan Rivers was one of his closest friends.
  6. Barry received an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University in 1994.
  7. If he could have had dinner with any 2 famous people, it would have been the writer Vladimir Nabokov and actress Margot Robbie.
  8. Barry had once said that he would like to be remembered for making people forget about their worries and laugh a little.
  9. He was a self-proclaimed bibliomaniac and had a collection of nearly 25,000 books, including the rarest and arcane books from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  10. Barry was also a talented landscape painter.

Featured Image by WTCA / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

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