Barry Newman

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Barry Newman
Barry Newman 1977.jpg
Newman in 1977
Born Barry Foster Newman
(1938-11-07) November 7, 1938 (age 77)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1960 - present

Barry Foster Newman (born November 7, 1938) is an American film, television and stage actor,[1] known for his portrayal of Kowalski in the movie Vanishing Point,[2] and for his title role in the 1970s television series Petrocelli.[3] He has been nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy awards.

Early life[edit]

The son of an Austrian father and Swedish mother, Newman received a liberal education, including such subjects as Latin, Hebrew, and music. Graduating from Brandeis University with an Anthropology degree, Newman decided to become an actor when he attended a class conducted by Actors Studio mentor, Lee Strasberg.[4]


Newman was busy, if not well known, on stage and in Manhattan-based TV, notably the daytime drama, The Edge of Night. His first film was the gangster potboiler, Pretty Boy Floyd (1960) but he made his breakthrough with The Lawyer (1969), where he made an excellent impression in the role of a cocky gonzo attorney, a character reprised in the 1974 TV movie Night Games.[5]

Vanishing Point[edit]

Director Richard C. Sarafian's original choice for the role of Kowalski was Gene Hackman but the studio, 20th Century Fox, insisted on using Newman.[6] The film was not initially a success but has garnered a cult following over the years.


Newman's success with Night Games led to the TV series, Petrocelli, which ran for two seasons, starring Newman as a compassionate big-city lawyer, living and working in the fictional town of San Remo, Arizona (actually filmed in Tucson, Arizona). He was nominated for an Emmy in 1975 for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series and, in 1976, for a Golden Globe.

Later career[edit]

After Petrocelli was cancelled in 1976, Newman returned to the stage, appeared in several made-for-TV movies and in the Aaron Spelling "jiggle" series, Nightingales (1989).[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]


Television work[edit]

Laurence Hugo (left) and Newman in The Edge of Night, c. 1966


  1. ^ "Barry Newman". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Roger Greenspun (1971-03-25). "Vanishing Point (1971) A Lot of Speed and Loads of Hair". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Petrocelli". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Barry Newman". The New York Times. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Barry Newman". The New York Times. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Vanishing Point". IMDB. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Barry Newman". The New York Times. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 

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