Baron, The

American born John “The Baron” Mannering (Steve Forrest) worked undercover for British Intelligence on the spy drama THE BARON/ITC/1966.


His nickname “The Baron” was derived from the name of his family’s Texas Ranch (Baron Brand) where he spent his childhood. The Baron drove a Jensen automobile, (license: BAR 1).

When The Baron was not on assignment as a spy, he supervised a chain of fine antique stores in London, Paris and Washington, DC..

Note: The character was based on the novels by John Creasey, (written under pseudonym of Anthony Morton), the first of which was “Meet The Baron” (1937). In the original novels, the Baron was an Englishman and ex-jewel thief.

Steve Forrest played Wes Parmalee on the prime time soap DALLAS. One of the 1986 episodes (#232) in which he appeared was entitled “Who’s Who at the Oil Baron’s Ball?”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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