Sad news to report this morning. TV, stage, and film actor Gene Barry has passed away. Barry had a career in the entertainment industry that spanned almost 60 years. He was known for playing lawmen on television, and occasionally singing and dancing his way across the Broadway stage. It was officially noted this morning by the New York Times that he passed at the ripe old age of 90.
Barry’s death was confirmed by his daughter Elizabeth who said he died at an assisted living facility in Woodland Hills, California. Throughout his long career the actor appeared on several popular TV shows including, Burke’s Law, Bat Masterson, and The Name of the Game. He also hit the stage a time or two, but most notably in the production of La Cage Aux Folles, as the less flamboyant half of a gay couple. His performance earned him a 1984 Tony nomination for his role as Georges.
He went on to appear in the stage productions of Pins and Needles, Rosalinda, The Merry Widow and The Would-Be Gentleman. From the 1950s through the 1980s, Mr. Barry appeared in scores of television specials and series, including Playhouse 90, General Electric Theater, The Twilight Zone, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Charlie’s Angels and Murder, She Wrote.
Barry’s wife died in 2003, and he is survived by daughter Elizabeth and two sons Michael L. and Frederick J.
Were you familiar with Mr. Barry’s work?