Dave Barry (actor)

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Dave Barry
Born (1918-09-01)September 1, 1918
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died August 16, 2001(2001-08-16) (aged 82)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer (Lung)
Resting place Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles
Occupation Actor, comedian, entertainer, radio moderator
Years active 1938–2000
Spouse(s) Ginger (Seiden) Barry
(m. ?–2001; his death)
Children 5

Dave Barry (August 26, 1918 in New York City, New York – August 16, 2001 in Beverly Hills, California) was an American actor, comedian, entertainer and radio moderator.

Life and career[edit]

Dave Barry was an American comedian and voice over artist who began his show business career in his early years with parts in radio (Major Bowes Amateur Hour) along with numerous animated cartoons. He started as a “Borscht Belt” comic in the Catskills after serving in the army during World War II and traveling with the USO along with Bob Hope and many celebrities of the time.

His first film was the animated cartoon Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, in which he imitated several Hollywood stars, including Humphrey Bogart, whom Barry also imitated in several other films and shows. He provided several voices for several Capitol Records children's albums in the 1950s like Bugs Bunny, Merrie Melodies, Pink Panther, Popeye the Sailor, Roland and Rattfink and Sniffles along with Elmer Fudd and Mr. Magoo. In Las Vegas, he started at the Hacienda Resort and worked for many years as the opening act for performers such as Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and many more. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1950s.

Barry was an accomplished voice-over also worked with well known voice actor Daws Butler on a number of novelty records in the 1960s including "Will the Real Howard Hughes Please Stand Up," and "Him."

At the end of the 1940s, Barry began also to garner roles in both film and television. He played with the then unknown Marilyn Monroe in the B-movie Ladies of the Chorus (1948), and eleven years later he appeared again with Monroe in what was perhaps his most famous role: He played the bumbling band manager Beinstock in Billy Wilder's comedy Some Like It Hot (1959). He also played in such television series as 87th Precinct, Green Acres, The Monkees, Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, Emergency!, and in his final role as Jack Brice in the 1978 episode "High Rollers" of CBS' Flying High. In 1963, Barry was cast as Harry in the episode "Has Anyone Seen Eddie?" of ABC's Going My Way, with Gene Kelly, an adaptation of the 1944 film of the same name.

Barry also worked as an entertainer and comedian, appearing with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas for more than a decade in the 1970s at the Frontier, Sands and the Desert Inn at the height of Newton's popularity.

Barry was the father of five children (Alan, Kerry, Steve, Dana and Wendy) and was married to his wife, singer Ginny (Ginger), for over 50 years until his cancer death in 2001.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1938 Mother Goose Goes Hollywood Groucho Marx
Eddie Cantor
Spencer Tracy
Hugh Herbert
Ned Sparks
Joe Penner
Charles Laughton
W.C. Fields
Charlie McCarthy
Edward G. Robinson
Joe E. Brown
Oliver Hardy
Uncredited
Voice
1940 Malibu Beach Party Ned Sparks Uncredited
Voice
1941 Hollywood Steps Out Cary Grant
Clark Gable
James Cagney
Bing Crosby
Lewis Stone
Ned Sparks
Groucho Marx
Uncredited
Voice
1942 Seein' Red, White 'N' Blue Bluto Uncredited
Voice
1946 Bacall to Arms Bogey Gocart Uncredited
Voice
Hush My Mouse Edward G. Robincat Uncredited
Additional Voice
1947 Slick Hare Humphrey Bogart Uncredited
Additional Voice
1948 Embraceable You The Comic Uncredited
Ladies of the Chorus Ripple the Decorator Uncredited
1950 8 Ball Bunny Humphrey Bogart Uncredited
Additional Voice
1955 High Society Palumbo the Pianist
1957 The Shadow on the Window Miller Uncredited
Four Girls in Town Vince
1958 Pre-Hysterical Hare Elmer Fudd / Elmer Fuddstone Uncredited
Additional Voice
1959 Some Like it Hot Beinstock
1965 Pinkfinger Spy Voice
1966 Spinout Harry
1969 The Deadwood Thunderball Rattfink Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeMott, Rick (August 21, 2001). "Voice Actor Dave Barry Passes". Animation World Network. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 

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