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Gene Barry

Gene BarryAKA Eugene Klass

Born: 14-Jun-1919
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 9-Dec-2009
Location of death: Woodland Hills, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The War of the Worlds

Gene Barry started as a song-and-dance man, appearing in several long-running 1940s musicals on Broadway. By the 1950s he had switched to film acting, mostly working in second-tier productions, where he was an affordable substitute for Cary Grant. His most popular film was the original War of the Worlds, where Barry played a scientist. He played the federal agent who pursued moonshiner Robert Mitchum in the whiskey noir Thunder Road, and he was a wealthy cad in a plane crash in Back from Eternity.

On TV, Barry starred from 1958-61 as the high-class gambler and good guy Bat Masterson, the western hero who generally eschewed the gun and instead won fights by wielding his cane. From 1963-66 he played millionaire cop Amos Burke on Burke's Law. From 1968-71 he played Glenn Howard, the crusading publisher of People magazine, on The Name of the Game. Returning to the stage in the 1980s, Barry was Tony-nominated for the original Broadway production of La Cage aux Folles. His baritone is likely more recognizable for singing the jingle for Lowenbrau beer: the company used Barry's rendition of the song in most of its commercials through the early 1990s.

Father: Martin Klass (jeweler)
Mother: Eva Conn
Wife: Betty Claire Kalb (actress p/k/a Julie Carson, m. 22-Oct-1944, d. 31-Jan-2003)
Son: Michael Lewis Barry (film director, b. 1946)
Son: Frederick James Barry (b. 1953)
Daughter: Elizabeth (adopted 1967)

    High School: New Utrecht High School, Brooklyn, NY
    University: Chatham Square School of Music, New York

    Golden Globe 1965 for Burke's Law (television)

    The Adventurer Gene Bradley (1972-73)
    The Name of the Game Glenn Howard (1968-71)
    Burke's Law Capt. Amos Burke (1963-66)
    Bat Masterson Bat Masterson (1958-61)
    Our Miss Brooks Gene Talbot (1955-56)

    War of the Worlds (27-Jun-2005)
    These Old Broads (12-Feb-2001)
    The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (3-Nov-1991) · Bat Masterson
    The Adventures of Nellie Bly (11-Jun-1981)
    The Girl, the Gold Watch, & Dynamite (25-May-1981)
    A Cry for Love (20-Oct-1980) · Gordon Harris
    Guyana: Cult of the Damned (20-Sep-1979)
    The Second Coming of Suzanne (Oct-1974)
    Subterfuge (1968)
    Maroc 7 (22-Mar-1967)
    Thunder Road (1-Aug-1958) · Troy Barrett
    Hong Kong Confidential (1958) · Casey Reed
    Forty Guns (Sep-1957) · Wes Bonnell
    The 27th Day (Jul-1957)
    China Gate (22-May-1957)
    Back from Eternity (7-Sep-1956) · Jud Ellis
    The Houston Story (Feb-1956)
    The Purple Mask (15-Jun-1955)
    Soldier of Fortune (17-May-1955) · Louis Hoyt
    Naked Alibi (1-Oct-1954)
    Red Garters (26-Mar-1954)
    Alaska Seas (27-Jan-1954)
    Those Redheads from Seattle (16-Oct-1953) · Johnny Kisco
    The War of the Worlds (13-Aug-1953) · Dr. Clayton Forrester
    The Girls of Pleasure Island (1-Apr-1953)
    Atomic City (1-May-1952)

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