Dave Barry (actor)

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Dave Barry
Born (1918-08-26)August 26, 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 Lung cancer
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 – August 16, 2001) was an American actor, comedian, entertainer and radio moderator.


Early life[edit]

He was born in New York City, New York in 1918. He began his show business career in his early years with parts in radio on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour. 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.

Voice acting career[edit]

Barry's first film was the 1938 animated short Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, in which he imitated several Hollywood stars, including Humphrey Bogart, whom Barry also imitated in Bacall to Arms and Slick Hare.

He provided several voices for 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.

Barry 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".

His last voice-over role was on The Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show in 1976.

Film and television career[edit]

At the end of the 1940s, Barry began also to garner roles in both film and television. He appeared with Marilyn Monroe in the B-movie Ladies of the Chorus (1948), and eleven years later he was reunited with her in what was perhaps his most famous role: bumbling band manager Beinstock in Billy Wilder's comedy Some Like It Hot (1959).

He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s. He also guest-starred on television series such 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 Flying High on CBS.

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.

Nightclub career[edit]

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. In Las Vegas, he started at the Hacienda Resort and worked for as the opening act for other performers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and many more.

Personal life and death[edit]

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 death from cancer 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
1940 Malibu Beach Party Ned Sparks Uncredited
1941 Hollywood Steps Out Cary Grant
Clark Gable
James Cagney
Bing Crosby
Lewis Stone
Ned Sparks
Groucho Marx
1942 Seein' Red, White 'N' Blue Bluto Uncredited
1946 Bacall to Arms Bogey Gocart Uncredited
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


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

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