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Also Known As: Eugene Klass Died: December 9, 2009
Born: June 14, 1919 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, singer

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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).

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).

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 These Old Broads (2001) Mr Stern
3.
 Turn Back the Clock (1989) John Forrest
4.
 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (1987) Glen Kilgallen
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 Cry For Love, A (1980) Gordon Harris
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 Adventures of Nellie Bly, The (1979) John Cockerill
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 Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979) Congressman Lee O'Brien
8.
 Ransom For Alice! (1977) Harry Darew
9.
 Second Coming of Suzanne, The (1974) Tv Commentator
10.
 Do You Take This Stranger? (1971) Murray Jarvis
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1942:
First appeared on Broadway
1952:
Signed by Paramount; played in first Hollywood film in the leading role in "The Atomic City"
1953:
Played the male lead in what is probably his best-remembered feature film, "The War of the Worlds"
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
1958:
Last feature film for nearly a decade, "Hong Kong Confidential"
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Played the title role on the NBC Western series, "Bat Masterson"
1962:
Returned to Broadway to act in the play, "The Perfect Setup"
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Played the eponymous role of Capt. Amos Burke on the ABC police detective series, "Burke's Law"
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Played Amos Burke on the ABC crime drama semi-spinoff, "Amos Burke, Secret Agent"
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"
1968:
First TV-movie, "Prescription: Murder", the first of two pilots for the NBC detective mystery series, "Columbo", starring Peter Falk
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Played Glenn Howard on the NBC adventure series, "The Name of the Game"
1972:
Starred as agent Gene Bradley on the syndicated spy series, "The Adventurer"
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Founded own production company, the Barry Film Company, in the early 1970s
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
1977:
Acted in first TV miniseries, "Aspen"
1978:
Performed in the stage musical, "Spotlight"
1979:
Last feature film credit to date, the docudrama, "Guyana: Cult of the Damned"
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
1991:
Recreated TV series role as Bat Masterson for the two-part NBC Western miniseries, "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns"
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Recreated the role of Amos Burke for the CBS police detective series, "Burke's Law"
1999:
Performed a cabaret act in NYC
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Notes

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

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wife:
Betty Claire Kalb. Married on October 22, 1944.

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father:
Martin Klass.
mother:
Eva Klass.
son:
Michael Lewis Barry. 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).
son:
Fredric James Barry.
daughter:
Elizabeth Barry.
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