Barry Sullivan


Actor
Barry Sullivan

About

Also Known As
Patrick Barry Sullivan
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
August 29, 1912
Died
June 06, 1994
Cause of Death
Respiratory Failure

Biography

Barry Sullivan was a prolific film and television actor, with a career that spanned more than 40 years, earning him two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame--one for each medium. After a significant stint on Broadway in the 1930s, he began a very steady stream of supporting appearances in Hollywood films alongside some of the best known actresses of the era, including Ginger Rogers, Dorot...

Photos & Videos

Queen Bee - Lobby Card Set
Framed - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Queen Bee - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Biography

Barry Sullivan was a prolific film and television actor, with a career that spanned more than 40 years, earning him two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame--one for each medium. After a significant stint on Broadway in the 1930s, he began a very steady stream of supporting appearances in Hollywood films alongside some of the best known actresses of the era, including Ginger Rogers, Dorothy Lamour, and Susan Hayward. By 1951, Sullivan starred alongside Bette Davis in the drama "Payment on Demand." In 1952, he had a major supporting role in the Oscar-winning romance "The Bad and the Beautiful," with Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner. By the mid-50s, Sullivan began transitioning into television, and made his only award-nominated splash in 1956, earning an Emmy nomination for his performance on a single episode of "Ford Star Jubilee." Sullivan went on to make appearances on seemingly every hit western and crime drama over the next few decades - among them everything from the crime drama "Perry Mason" in the mid-'60s to the crime drama "The Streets of San Francisco in the mid-'70s." Sullivan played the lead in two series: from 1957 to '58, as Capt. Dave Scott on the adventure series "Harbormaster," and from 1960 to '62 he played Pat Garrett on the western "The Tall Man," which lasted 74 episodes. After a career that finally wound down in the 1980s, Sullivan passed away from respiratory failure at age 81.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Last Straw (1987)
Casino (1980)
Caravans (1978)
The Washington Affair (1977)
Oh, God! (1977)
Collision Course (1976)
Dean Acheson
Napoli violenta (1976)
The Human Factor (1975)
Take a Hard Ride (1975)
Hurricane (1974)
Letters From Three Lovers (1973)
Joshua
Savage (1973)
Judge Daniel Stern
The Magician (1973)
Joseph Baker
The Candidate (1972)
Narrator, McKay commercials
Kung Fu (1972)
Dillon
Cannon (1971)
Yuma (1971)
Nels Decker
Shark! (1969)
Mallare
This Savage Land (1969)
Ben Pride
It Takes All Kinds (1969)
Orville Benton
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
Ray Calvert
The Arrangement (1969)
Collier
Buckskin (1968)
Chaddock
How to Steal the World (1968)
Intimacy (1966)
Walter Nicholson
An American Dream (1966)
Lieutenant Roberts
Planet of the Vampires (1965)
Capt. Mark Markary
Harlow (1965)
Marino Bello
My Blood Runs Cold (1965)
Julian Merriday
Stage to Thunder Rock (1964)
Sheriff Horne
Pyro (1964)
Vance Pierson
Man in the Middle (1964)
General Kempton
A Gathering of Eagles (1963)
Colonel Fowler
Light in the Piazza (1962)
Noel Johnson
Seven Ways from Sundown (1960)
Jim Flood
The Purple Gang (1960)
Lt. Bill Harley
Another Time, Another Place (1958)
Carter Reynolds
Wolf Larsen (1958)
Wolf Larsen
Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957)
Link Ferris
The Way to the Gold (1957)
Marshal Hannibal
Forty Guns (1957)
Griff Bonnell
Julie (1956)
Cliff Henderson
The Maverick Queen (1956)
Jeff Young, also known as Jeff Younger
Queen Bee (1955)
Avery "Beauty" Phillips
Texas Lady (1955)
Chris Mooney
Strategic Air Command (1955)
Lt. Col. Rocky Samford
The Miami Story (1954)
Mick Flagg, also known as Mike Pierce
Her Twelve Men (1954)
Richard Y. Oliver, Sr.
Playgirl (1954)
Mike Marsh
Loophole (1954)
Mike Donovan
Cry of the Hunted (1953)
Lt. Tunner
Jeopardy (1953)
Doug Stilwin
China Venture (1953)
Commander Bert Thompson
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Fred [Amiel]
Skirts Ahoy! (1952)
Lt. Comdr. Paul Elcott
No Questions Asked (1951)
Steve Kiever
I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)
Worker
Grounds for Marriage (1951)
Chris Bartlett
Mr. Imperium (1951)
Paul Hunter
Payment on Demand (1951)
David Ramsey
Cause for Alarm! (1951)
George Z. Jones
Inside Straight (1951)
Johnny Sanderson
Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
Mike Tracy
The Unknown Man (1951)
[District Attorney] Joe Bucknor
A Life of Her Own (1950)
Lee Gorrance
Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Paul Berten
The Outriders (1950)
Jesse Wallace
Any Number Can Play (1949)
Tycoon
Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)
Tom Horn
Tension (1949)
Lt. Collier Bonnabel
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Tom [Buchanan]
Smart Woman (1948)
Frank McCoy
The Gangster (1947)
Shubunka
Framed (1947)
Stephen Price
Suspense (1946)
Joe Morgan
Getting Gertie's Garter (1945)
Ted Dalton
Duffy's Tavern (1945)
Danny Murphy
And Now Tomorrow (1944)
Jeff Stoddard
Rainbow Island (1944)
Ken Masters
Lady in the Dark (1944)
Dr. Alexander Brooks
The Woman of the Town (1943)
King Kennedy
High Explosive (1943)
Mike Douglas

Cast (Special)

Judgment Day (1981)
The Judge
Another Part of the Forest (1972)
The Price (1971)
Walter
My Three Angels (1959)
Jules

Cast (Short)

THE HOAXSTERS (1952)
Narrator

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Backstairs at the White House (1979)
The Immigrants (1978)
The Bastard (1978)
The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)
Chasen

Life Events

Photo Collections

Queen Bee - Lobby Card Set
Queen Bee - Lobby Card Set
Framed - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Framed - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Queen Bee - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Queen Bee - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Queen Bee - Publicity Stills
Queen Bee - Publicity Stills
Queen Bee - Scene Stills
Queen Bee - Scene Stills
Nancy Goes to Rio - Movie Poster
Here is the original-relese One-Sheet movie poster from MGM's Nancy Goes to Rio (1950), starring Jane Powell, Ann Sothern, Barry Sullivan, and Carmen Miranda.
Wolf Larsen - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from Allied Artists' Wolf Larsen (1958), starring Barry Sullivan and Gita Hall. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Tension - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Tension (1949), starring Audrey Totter, Richard Basehart, and Cyd Charisse. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Cry of the Hunted - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Cry of the Hunted. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Bad And The Beautiful, The (1953) - Doom Of The Cat Men Barry Sullivan narrating as young director Fred, about his rise along with producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) through the Hollywood ranks, echoes of the career of producer Val Lewton included, in Vincente Minnelli's The Bad And The Beautiful, 1953.
Julie (1956) - That Doesn't Prove Anything Doris Day (title character), on the grounds of the Pebble Beach golf club as it appeared at the time, talks with concerned friend Cliff (Barry Sullivan) about the possibility that her new husband (Louis Jourdan) may have been involved in her previous husband's presumed suicide, in Julie, 1956.
Gangster, The (1947) - My Sister In Queens Portrayed thus far as a steely but philosophical racketeer and narrator, Barry Sullivan as “Shubunka” reveals his soft spot for performer Nancy (English-born Belita, first brought to Hollywood for ice skating pictures, by now only acting), in Allied Artists’ The Gangster, 1947.
Any Number Can Play (1949) - Washing Dollar Bills Tight, polished opening from director Mervyn LeRoy and Richard Brooks’ screenplay, casino staffers Sleigh (Caleb Peterson), Pete (Mickey Knox) and Ed (Edgar Buchanan), joined by higher-up Tycoon (Barry Sullivan), wonder where their boss (whom we’ll learn is Clark Gable) might be, in Any Number Can Play, 1949, from MGM and producer Arthur Freed.
No Questions Asked (1951) - I Was Very Popular That Night Opening with Barry Sullivan as, we’ll learn, insurance lawyer Kiever, eventually meeting his fianceè Ellen (Arlene Dahl) at the airport, maybe less concerned than he should be about her expectations, in No Questions Asked, 1951.
No Questions Asked (1951) - He Doesn't Let Me Dance Into his extended flashback, headed for trouble, insurance lawyer Kiever dips his toe into the underworld, hoping to please his boss by buying back stolen goods, at a night club where Natalie (Mari Blanchard) is the gatekeeper for mobster Callbert (Mauritz Hugo), in No Questions Asked, 1951.
No Questions Asked (1951) - Don't Talk To Any Strange Girls Now a brazen broker for stolen goods, lawyer Steve (Barry Sullivan) at the theater with his girlfriend, former colleague Joan (Jean Hagen), who in the powder room meets his ex-fianceè (Arlene Dahl), who drove him to wicked ways, then a bizarre crime, in No Questions Asked, 1951.
Framed (1947) - An Angel In Furs We’ve no idea why waitress Paula (Janis Carter) has paid to keep our hero (Glenn Ford, not seen), whom she just met, out of jail and left him drunk in a hotel room and quit her job, nor exactly why she’s meeting Stephen (Barry Sullivan, his first scene), but it’s sinister for sure, early in Framed, 1947.
Bad And The Beautiful, The (1953) - Peppered With Sex Mogul Harry Pebel (Walter Pidgeon) handling the narrative transition, beginning the third extended flashback, the back-story of writer Jim (Dick Powell) and wife Rosemary (Gloria Grahame), Madge Blake their scandalized guest, in Vincente Minnelli's The Bad And The Beautiful, 1953.
Bad And The Beautiful, The (1953) - You Don't Get Paid Mogul Pebbel (Walter Pidgeon) introduces the narrative device and players, Barry Sullivan as Fred, Lana Turner as Georgia, Dick Powell as Jim and Kirk Douglas as absent Jonathan, silent movie superstar Francis X. Bushman the eulogist, in Vincente Minnelli's The Bad And The Beautiful, 1953.
Skirts Ahoy! (1952) - What Good Is A Gal? (Without A Guy?) Three “WAVES” (In WWII lingo, Women Accepted For Volunteer Emergency Service), Esther Williams, Vivian Blaine blonde Yancy, Joan Evans redhead Mary Kate, on leave in Chicago short of ideas, but with an original song by Harry Warren and Ralph Blane, in MGM’s Skirts Ahoy!, 1952.
Gangster, The (1947) - My Conscience Never Bothered Me Heady opening in a relatively high-priced entry from Monogram/Allied Artists, Barry Sullivan (as “Shubunka”) narrates about his operation in a fictional New York neighborhood, soda jerk Henry Morgan, cashier Joan Lorring, and underling Akim Tamiroff on the phone, in The Gangster, 1947.

Family

John Sullivan
Son
Born developmentally disabled.
Jenny Sullivan
Daughter
Actor, director. Born c. 1947; formerly married to musician Jim Messina.

Bibliography