Friday, December 11, 2009

R.I.P. Gene Barry

I heard on the news tonight that Gene Barry has died. When The Husband heard it he said, "He was Bat Masterson!" I remember him best from the tv show The Name of the Game, which I watched faithfully for years, and, of course, the 1953 The War of the Worlds. He died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, which is scheduled for closure soon.

You can watch the Bat Masterson series online at Hulu.


12/13/2009: A Memphis blogger shares the story of Gene Barry having Sunday brunch in their home.

The actor, who had had Alzheimer's disease for about five years, entered Sunrise in early summer. The increased socialization had helped improve his father's mental capacity, his son said. "He was a very loving and generous father," he said, "and he was handsome, charming and funny until the end."

Gene Barry, a genial actor of theatre, film and television, who made his most lasting mark on the stage as Georges, half of the mature gay couple at the center of Jerry Herman's musical La Cage Aux Folles, died Dec. 9 in Woodland Hills, CA. He was 90.

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear and a tribute cartoon here
Barry's wife died in 2003, after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by two sons, one daughter, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

1 comment:

  1. Sad to hear. I enjoyed his work. Thanks for the post and comprehensive links.