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A towering television actor best known for his portrayals of natty tough guys, Gene Barry was born Eugene Klass in New York City on June 14, 1919. Before breaking into the business, he also trained as a singer and violinist, adopting the stage name Barry in honor of legendary film star John Barrymore.

Barry's résumé boasts many movies, including the 1953 sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds. But the small screen proved to be his most viable medium, and he starred in three different series beginning in the 1950s: "Bat Masterson" (1958-61), "Burke's Law" (1963-66) and "The Name of the Game" (1968-71).

Later in life, Barry earned a Tony nomination for his spirited portrayal of a gay nightclub owner in the hit musical "La Cage aux Folles" (1984), and he made a cameo appearance in the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds. He died Dec. 9, 2009, at the age of 90.

Gene Barry in War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

2005 PG-13

Ray is a divorced dockworker whose children are staying with him when a fleet of spaceships appears. Forced to become the protective father he's never been, Ray scrambles to usher his kids to safety in this loose adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel.

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  • Gene Barry in Soldier of Fortune Soldier of Fortune
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  • Gene Barry in War of the Worlds: The Real Story War of the Worlds: The Real Story
  • Gene Barry in Tim Conway: Timeless Comedy Tim Conway: Timeless Comedy
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  • Gene Barry in The Second Coming of Suzanne The Second Coming of Suzanne
  • Gene Barry in Greatest Heroes of the Bible Greatest Heroes of the Bible