Dave Barry (actor)
September 1, 1918|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 16, 2001
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|
|Spouse(s)||Ginger (Seiden) Barry
(m. ?–2001; his death)
Dave Barry (August 26, 1918 – August 16, 2001) was an American actor, comedian, entertainer and radio moderator.
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
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
At the end of the 1940s, Barry began also to garner roles in both film and television. He appeared with the then unknown 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.
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
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.
|1938||Mother Goose Goes Hollywood||Groucho Marx
Edward G. Robinson
Joe E. Brown
|1940||Malibu Beach Party||Ned Sparks||Uncredited
|1941||Hollywood Steps Out||Cary Grant
|1942||Seein' Red, White 'N' Blue||Bluto||Uncredited
|1946||Bacall to Arms||Bogey Gocart||Uncredited
|Hush My Mouse||Edward G. Robincat||Uncredited
|1947||Slick Hare||Humphrey Bogart||Uncredited
|1948||Embraceable You||The Comic||Uncredited|
|Ladies of the Chorus||Ripple the Decorator||Uncredited|
|1950||8 Ball Bunny||Humphrey Bogart||Uncredited
|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
|1959||Some Like it Hot||Beinstock|
|1969||The Deadwood Thunderball||Rattfink||Voice|