Mostly Credited As: Gene Barry
Birth Name: Eugene Klass
Date Of Birth: June 14, 1919 (Age 90)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: December 09, 2009
Cause Of Death: Congestive heart failure (Woodland Hills, Californ
Height: 6' (1.82 m)
Actor who first gained fame in the 1952 version of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Later starred in several TV series including Bat Masterson, Burke's Law, and Name of the Game.
The name of the star was actually Eugene Klass. He had grey hair and blue eyes, and he was born in June 14, 1919, in New York, and sang on a weekly radio show there while attending a school of music on a scholarship. After a stint on the road as a band singer with Teddy Powell's group, he made it to Broadway in 1943 with a big part in the musical, Rosalinda.
During the Forties, Barry appeared in a few other Broadway shows, mainly musical comedies. Then he moved to Hollywood and began making B movies - including War Of The Worlds, Red Garters, Houston Story and Back From Eternity.
The versatile singer-dancer-actor switched to television in 1958, and starred in the successful NBC western series as Bat Masterson. Barry played the hero as a sport wearing a derby and flicking a cane. "Young Masterson," he explained, "was in a shoot-out over a girl. The girl threw herself in front of Masterson, was killed, and he was hit in the pelvis. From that time on Bat walked with a slight limp and carried a cane. He got so fast rapping skulls with his cane, soreheads began calling him 'Bat'."
Next came the Burke's Law TV series, in which he played a millionaire detective and secret agent, then his role as magazine publisher Glenn Howard in The Name Of The Game.
Barry and his wife, former Broadway performer Betty Kalb, lived in Beverly Hills, Calif. They had three children: Michael, 67; Frederick, 56; and Liza, 46. An athletic 175-pound six-footer, Barry was very keen on golf - and the Democratic Party.
Gene Barry passed away in 2009.