Gene Barry

Actor, Singer, Producer
Assured, dapper leading man and singer who, after playing in a mixed bag of Hollywood films of the 1950s, found a niche as debonair man-about-town in several TV series, and later had success onstage. A native New ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1919 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

Hollywood Off-Ramp 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. World 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mrs. America Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Guyana: Cult of the Damned 1978 (Movie)

Congressman Lee O'Brien (Actor)

The Adventurer 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Coming of Suzanne 1973 (Movie)

TV Commentator (Actor)

The Name of the Game 1968 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Prescription: Murder 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Amos Burke, Secret Agent 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Maroc 7 1966 (Movie)

Simon Grant (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Honey West: Who Killed the Jackpot? 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Bat Masterson 1958 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Thunder Road 1958 (Movie)

Troy Barrett (Actor)

China Gate 1957 (Movie)

Brock (Actor)

Forty Guns 1957 (Movie)

Wes Bonell (Actor)

The 27th Day 1957 (Movie)

Jonathan Clark (Actor)

Our Miss Brooks 1952 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Soldier of Fortune 1955 (Movie)

Louis Hoyt (Actor)

The Purple Mask 1955 (Movie)

Laverne (Actor)

Naked Alibi 1954 (Movie)

Al Willis (Actor)

Red Garters 1954 (Movie)

Rafael Moreno (Actor)

Alaska Seas 1953 (Movie)

Verne Wiliams (Actor)

The War of the Worlds 1952 (Movie)

Dr. Clayton Forrester (Actor)

A Cry For Love (TV Show)

Actor

Aspen (TV Show)

Actor

Back from Eternity (Movie)

Ellis (Actor)

Do You Take This Stranger? (TV Show)

Actor

Istanbul Express (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the People (Movie)

(Actor)

Ransom For Alice! (TV Show)

Actor

The Atomic City (Movie)

Dr. Addison (Actor)

The Devil and Miss Sarah (TV Show)

Actor

The Showdown (Movie)

(Actor)

The Time Is Now (Movie)

(Actor)

These Old Broads (TV Show)

Actor

Turn Back the Clock (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Second Coming of Suzanne 1973 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Assured, dapper leading man and singer who, after playing in a mixed bag of Hollywood films of the 1950s, found a niche as debonair man-about-town in several TV series, and later had success onstage. A native New Yorker, Barry made it to Broadway in the 40s in plays including "Rosalinda" and Mae West's "Catherine Was Great." He signed with Paramount in the early 50s to play in "The Atomic City" (1952), as a scientist whose son is kidnapped by powers hoping to acquire a nuclear bomb recipe. Barry stayed with Paramount for two years, playing the stalwart lead in one of his best-remembered films, "The War of the Worlds" (1953). He did especially well strutting his stuff in the offbeat, underrated Western musical, "Red Garters" (1954).

Relationships

Martin Klass

Father

Eva Klass

Mother

Elizabeth Barry

Daughter

Fredric James Barry

Son

Michael Barry

Son
born c. 1946 when Gene Barry formed the Barry Film Company in the early 1970s, his son served as a director directed the feature "The Second Coming of Suzanne" (1974)

Betty Kalb

Wife
married on October 22, 1944

Milestones

1999

Performed a cabaret act in NYC

1991

Recreated TV series role as Bat Masterson for the two-part NBC Western miniseries, "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns"

1983

Opened on Broadway in one of the two leading roles of the hit musical, "La Cage aux Folles"; was nominated for a Tony as Best Leading Actor in a Musical, but lost to his co-star George Hearn

1979

Last feature film credit to date, the docudrama, "Guyana: Cult of the Damned"

1978

Performed in the stage musical, "Spotlight"

1977

Acted in first TV miniseries, "Aspen"

1974

Executive produced a feature film, "The Second Coming of Suzanne", directed by Barry's son Michael and based on a song by Leonard Cohen; also acted a role in the film

1972

Starred as agent Gene Bradley on the syndicated spy series, "The Adventurer"

1968

First TV-movie, "Prescription: Murder", the first of two pilots for the NBC detective mystery series, "Columbo", starring Peter Falk

1967

Returned to feature films to play a leading role opposite Cyd Charisse in his first non-US feature, the British-made film, "Maroc 7"

1962

Returned to Broadway to act in the play, "The Perfect Setup"

1958

Last feature film for nearly a decade, "Hong Kong Confidential"

1955

First TV series in a regular role, "Our Miss Brooks"; played physical education teacher Gene Talbot on the last season of the CBS sitcom starring Eve Arden

1953

Played the male lead in what is probably his best-remembered feature film, "The War of the Worlds"

1952

Signed by Paramount; played in first Hollywood film in the leading role in "The Atomic City"

1941

First appeared on Broadway

Played Glenn Howard on the NBC adventure series, "The Name of the Game"

Recreated the role of Amos Burke for the CBS police detective series, "Burke's Law"

Played Amos Burke on the ABC crime drama semi-spinoff, "Amos Burke, Secret Agent"

Played the title role on the NBC Western series, "Bat Masterson"

Played the eponymous role of Capt. Amos Burke on the ABC police detective series, "Burke's Law"

Founded own production company, the Barry Film Company, in the early 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list 1921 as the year of Mr. Barry's birth.

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