Sunday, January 24, 2010

Gene Barry, R.I.P.

What debonair dude roamed the west
and kept his cards close to his vest?
From guns would refrain
but wielded a cane...
Bat Masterson, maybe you guessed

Television, film and stage actor Gene Barry died on December 9, 2009. On television Barry had a featured role in Our Miss Brooks, and starred as derby wearing dandy Bat Masterson from 1958 to '61, and later in Burke's Law and The Name of the Game. His films include War of the Worlds, China Gate, Forty Guns, Thunder Road and Naked Alibi. In 1983 Barry received a Tony nomination for his performance in the musical La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway, where he had started out in the 1940s. Photos (top to bottom): Bat Masterson (from this Gene Barry tribute site); with Ann Robinson in War of the Worlds (George Pal, 1953); AP file photo.

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