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

Roles (12)

La Cage aux Folles Playbill - Aug 1983 La Cage aux Folles (1983)
Opened Aug 21, 1983
  • as Georges (Original)
La Cage aux Folles - Opening Night
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The Perfect Setup Playbill - Oct 1962 The Perfect Setup (1962)
Opened Oct 24, 1962
  • as Paul (Original)
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Bless You All Playbill - Dec 1950 Bless You All (1950)
Opened Dec 13, 1950
  • as The Publisher (Original)
  • as Laszlo (Original)
  • as Announcer (Original)
  • as A Good Humor Man (Original)
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Happy as Larry Playbill - Jan 1950 Happy as Larry (1950)
Opened Jan 6, 1950
  • as The Doctor (Original)
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The Would-Be Gentleman Playbill - Jan 1946 The Would-be Gentleman (1946)
Opened Jan 9, 1946
  • as Dorante, Comte De Chateau-Gaillard (Original)
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Catherine Was Great Playbill - Oct 1944 Catherine Was Great (1944)
Opened Aug 2, 1944
  • as Lieutenant Bunin (Original)
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The Merry Widow Playbill - Nov 1943 The Merry Widow (1943)
Opened Aug 4, 1943
  • as Nova Kovich (Original)
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Rosalinda Playbill - Nov 1943 Rosalinda (1942)
Opened Oct 28, 1942
  • as Falke (Original)
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Production Placeholder The New Moon (1942)
Opened Aug 18, 1942
  • as Captain Paul Duval (Original)
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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