Gene Barry

Gene Barry

Performer

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, 2009, in Woodland Hills, CA. He was 90. Mr. Barry won a Tony Award nomination and Drama Desk Award nomination for his suave, dignified Georges, who owns a nightclub and puts up with the flamboyant excesses of his partner Albin with tenderness and equanimity. He originated the Herman songs "Song on the Sand" and "Look Over There." It was his final Broadway appearance in a career that began in the 1940s, when he appeared with The New Opera Company in a succession of revivals of old operettas, including The New Moon, The Merry Widow and Rosalinda. He also played opposite Mae West in Catherine Was Great. Mr. Barry met his wife, Betty, who acted under the name Julie Carson, during rehearsals. She died in 2003.

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  • Also known as: Eugene Klass
  • Born: Jun 14, 1919 in New York, New York
  • Death: Dec 9, 2009 in Woodland Hills, California

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1984 Outstanding Actor in a Musical La Cage aux Folles Nominee
Tony Award
1984 Actor in a Musical La Cage aux Folles Nominee