Gene Barry

American stage, screen, and television actor (1919-2009)

Gene Barry (Eugene Klass; June 14, 1919 – December 9, 2009) was an American actor. He was known for his roles in The Atomic City (1952), The War of The Worlds (1953), and Bat Masterson (1958-1961).

Barry in 1970

Barry was born on June 14, 1919 in New York City, New York to a Jewish-Russian family.[1] He studied at Chatham Square School of Music. Barry was married to Betty Claire Kalb from 1944 until her death in 2003. They had three children, one adopted.

Barry died on the morning of December 9, 2009 from heart failure in his home in Woodland Hills, California, aged 90.[2]


  1. Boxer, Tim (1987). The Jewish Celebrity Hall of Fame. New York: Shapolsky.
  2. "Actor Gene Barry Dies", The Washington Post, December 10, 2009.

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