Barry Orton

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Barry Orton
Ring name(s) The Zodiak
Barry Orton
Barrymore Barlow
Barry O
The Highroller
Barry Gaspar
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Born (1958-05-28) May 28, 1958 (age 56)
Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
Resides Florissant, MO, U.S.
Billed from Las Vegas, Nevada
Trained by Bob Orton Sr
Cowboy Bob Orton
Debut 1976

Randal Barry Orton (born May 28, 1958, Amarillo, Texas) is an American former professional wrestler. He is a wrestler/musician turned actor, better known as Barry O or Barrymore Barlow. He moved to Kansas City, Missouri with his mother and father three days after being born. He is the son of Bob, Sr. and Rita Orton, brother of "Cowboy" Bob Orton, the uncle of WWE Superstar Randy Orton and the father of Randal Orton Jr.

Career[edit]

Orton made his pro wrestling debut in 1976. During his career in wrestling he competed in the WWF as "Barry O" (1984–1988, 1990–1991), ICW, WOW, the NWA, the IWF and Stampede Wrestling. While in Stampede, Orton appeared as the masked Zodiak (a gimmick first used by his father, loosely based on the Zodiac Killer), managing Jason the Terrible before feuding with him. During Orton's time, with the WWF, he was mainly used as a pure jobber. Losing to established stars, and rising newcomers, Orton, however had victories over fellow preliminary wrestlers, Paul Roma, and Steve Lombardi.

He was involved in an episode of Larry King Live show in 1992 when King discussed a WWF sex scandal. During the show, which also featured Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino, Barry spoke on telephone and revealed that, in his younger days in the wrestling business he was molested. He goes on to state that this did not occur in the WWF but he claims that those responsible later became two top officials in the WWF. Later in the show, Bruno Sammartino encouraged Barry to name the two people in question and Barry stated that the two men were Terry Garvin and Pat Patterson, both openly homosexual men.[1] In 1992 Barry also appeared on The Phil Donahue Show talking about the issue, with McMahon and Sammartino also appearing on the same show.

Personal life[edit]

Orton married his high school sweetheart, Jane Bransfield, on September 12, 1995. Their first and only child, Randal Barry Orton Jr., was born on April 12, 1996. Jane and Barry Orton adopted a son named Seaver Beau Orton born on June 30, 2007.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
    • Falling Star (DDT)[2] - As The Zodiak

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Interwest Wrestling Federation
    • IWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Mid-States Championship Wrestling
    • MSCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Terry Orndorff[3]
  • Other Titles
    • WOW World Heavyweight Championship

Filmography[edit]

  • Tweak the Heat (2005/06) - appears in also co-wrote/directed and executive produced
  • Mission Idiot (2003) appeared as Dog Guy was also stunt coordinator
  • People I Know (2002) appeared as patron on stairs
  • Timecollapse (2002) appeared as Steve
  • Monday Night Mayhem (2002) (TV) appeared as a Roadie
  • Killer’s Mind (1999) appeared as Flex the Doorman
  • Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) appeared as a boxing manager
  • Stampede Wrestling (1987) appeared as The Zodiak
  • Wrestling’s Country Boys (1985) appeared as Barry O.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Assael, Shaun; Mooneyham, Mike (2010). Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-307-75813-2. 
  2. ^ Jason the Terrible vs. The Zodiak
  3. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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