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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 16, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, acting teacher, directing teacher

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Veteran character actor turned director who has worked extensively on stage, TV, and in over 25 feature films. Among Primus' many film acting credits are Martin Ritt's "The Brotherhood" (1968), Jerry Schatzberg's "Puzzle of a Downfall Child" (1970), Sydney Pollack's "Absence of Malice" (1981) and Martin Scorsese's "Boxcar Bertha" (1979) and "New York, New York" (1977). He also acted opposite Bette Midler in three films: "The Rose" (1979), "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986), and "Big Business" (1988). On TV, Primus appeared in "Washington Behind Closed Doors", "Paper Dolls", "The Equalizer", "Murder, She Wrote", and in a recurring role on "Cagney and Lacey".An associate of director Mark Rydell, Primus assisted him on three films and directed the second unit on "The Rose". He made his feature screenwriting and directing debut with "Mistress" (1992), a black comedy about Hollywood filmmaking that was one of the first productions of Robert De Niro's TriBeCa Films.

Veteran character actor turned director who has worked extensively on stage, TV, and in over 25 feature films. Among Primus' many film acting credits are Martin Ritt's "The Brotherhood" (1968), Jerry Schatzberg's "Puzzle of a Downfall Child" (1970), Sydney Pollack's "Absence of Malice" (1981) and Martin Scorsese's "Boxcar Bertha" (1979) and "New York, New York" (1977). He also acted opposite Bette Midler in three films: "The Rose" (1979), "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986), and "Big Business" (1988). On TV, Primus appeared in "Washington Behind Closed Doors", "Paper Dolls", "The Equalizer", "Murder, She Wrote", and in a recurring role on "Cagney and Lacey".

An associate of director Mark Rydell, Primus assisted him on three films and directed the second unit on "The Rose". He made his feature screenwriting and directing debut with "Mistress" (1992), a black comedy about Hollywood filmmaking that was one of the first productions of Robert De Niro's TriBeCa Films.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  20% Fiction (2009)
2.
  Mistress (1992) Director
3.
  Rose, The (1979) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Small Time (2014)
2.
 Grudge Match (2013)
3.
 American Hustle (2013)
4.
 Righteous Kill (2008)
5.
 Cross Bronx (2004)
6.
 When Will I Be Loved? (2004) Victor
7.
 Break a Leg (2003)
8.
 15 Minutes (2001) Cab Driver
9.
 James Dean (2001) Nicholas Ray
10.
 Life as a House (2001) Tom
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Milestones close milestones

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Made Broadway debut at age 21 in "The Nervous Set"
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Appeared in the Jerome Robbins-directed version of the Arthur Kopit play, "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad"
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Became one of the original members of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company and appeared there in four plays: "Incident at Vichy", "Marco Millions", "After the Fall", and "The Changeling", the latter two directed by Elia Kazan
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Joined Jerome Robbins' experimental American Laboratory Theater as both actor and assistant
1968:
Feature film acting debut in Martin Ritt's gangster film "The Brotherhood"
1979:
Directed the second unit on Mark Rydell's "The Rose"
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Education

Bennington College: Bennington , Vermont -
City College of New York: New York , New York -
The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

"Barry's understanding of acting is as good as anybody's in town," [director Mark] Rydell says. "Actors respect him, because they know that he knows what he's talking about when he talks about acting--and if he can't explain it, he can show it to them. He's a sensitive, poetic fellow with an enormous soul." "There's a certain precision that he's absolutely right about, in terms of something being funny--timing, delivering a line, a nuance," [Robert] DeNiro concurs. "He was as much of a stickler for things that were important as a lot of directors I've worked with, if not more so." (From PREMIERE, 9/92)

Family close complete family listing

father:
George Primus.
sister:
Natalie Fewsmith.
sister:
Francesca Primus. Writer, theater critic. Born c. 1946; died January 27, 1992 of lung cancer; was critic, columnist and feature writer for BACKSTAGE.

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