Don "Red" Barry
Don "Red" Barry
Donald Barry de Acosta
January 11, 1912
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Died||July 17, 1980 (aged 68)|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.|
(m. 1940; div. 1944)
(m. 1947; div. 1952)
Donald Barry de Acosta (January 11, 1912 – July 17, 1980), also known as Red Barry and Milton Poimboeuf, was an American film and television actor. He was nicknamed "Red" after appearing as the first Red Ryder in the highly successful 1940 film Adventures of Red Ryder with Noah Beery Sr.; the character was played in later films by "Wild Bill" Elliott and Allan Lane. Barry went on to bigger budget films following Red Ryder, but none reached his previous level of success. He played Red Doyle in the 1964 Perry Mason episode 'The Case of the Simple Simon'.
Barry was born in Houston, Texas, to parents Louis Leonce Poimboeuf and Emma Murray Poimboeuf. He attended Allen Academy and the Texas School of Mines. Prior to acting, Barry had been a high school and college football player. He went to Los Angeles, California, to work in advertising.
Barry first entered films as an extra and in small roles. He was discovered by John Wayne during a football game with Wayne providing Barry introductions to producers. He appeared in a variety of roles before he found his forte and nickname "Red" in the Republic Pictures serial The Adventures of Red Ryder (1940). Though Barry was short and stocky rather than the lean and lanky hero of the Red Ryder comic strip, studio head Herbert J. Yates demanded Barry play the role. Yates thought Barry's appearance similar to James Cagney with Barry unsuccessfully asking Yates to cast him in gangster films. Barry continued in Western roles and made two war films Remember Pearl Harbor (1942) for Republic as well as being loaned out to 20th Century Fox for The Purple Heart (1944). He continued making Westerns for Republic and other studios.
By the 1950s, Barry was a supporting actor instead of playing leads in westerns. Early in 1955, he appeared as the bandit Milt Sharp in an episode of the syndicated series, Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis.
Barry played "Clete" in the 1956 western film Seven Men from Now, starring Randolph Scott. In 1958 he appeared (credited as Donald Barry) on the TV western Cheyenne in the episode "Dead to Rights." He guest starred as Tanner in the 1958 episode "Bullet Proof" of the ABC/Warner Brothers series Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins; he was cast as Arkansas in the 1959 Sugarfoot episode "The Return of the Canary Kid". Barry appeared four times in the ABC/WB western Colt .45. Barry was cast as black-clad gunfighter in a 1961 episode, "Last Stop: Oblivion", of the ABC/WB western series, Maverick with Jack Kelly and fellow guest star Buddy Ebsen, as well as an even larger titular role in a James Garner episode set in New Orleans titled "The Resurrection of Joe November." In 1961 Barry appeared as Dusty McCade in the TV western Lawman in the episode titled "Hassayampa."
Barry's voice in the television Westerns sounded much like that of the character actor Dub Taylor. About this time, he also guest starred on two other ABC/WB dramas, Bourbon Street Beat and The Roaring 20s. He appeared as well in the syndicated crime drama, U.S. Marshal, starring John Bromfield, and the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus.
In 1966, Barry played Confederate soldier "Lt. Farrow" in the Western film Alvarez Kelly with William Holden and a one-eyed Richard Widmark. Barry played a supporting role in the 1968 film, Shalako with Sean Connery, as well as in the television series Dragnet. (1972)Adam 12: portrayed a Con-Man Hobbs}
Barry played supporting roles in dozens of television series, particularly Westerns. He appeared eight times on the long-running NBC series, The Virginian, in the 1960s. He appeared in six episodes of Michael Landon's Little House on the Prairie as farmer Judd Larrabee, and appeared in all-star TV miniseries, such as Rich Man, Poor Man Book II and The Dream Merchants.
In addition to acting, Barry was also a writer, writing the stories upon which the films Red Light (1949) starring George Raft and Virginia Mayo, Train to Tombstone (1950), and Convict Stage (1965) were based, and co-writing the screenplay as well as directing and playing the leading role of Jesse James in Jesse James' Women (1954).
In early November 1955 Susan Hayward got into a fight with another actress who caught her visiting Barry's apartment for an early morning coffee, which made the tabloids and became the source of insider jokes.
On July 17, 1980, Barry shot himself in the head at his home, shortly after police had left the residence after investigating a domestic dispute. He was estranged at the time from his third wife, Barbara, with whom he had two daughters. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.
- This Day and Age (1933) .... Student (uncredited)
- Flying Down to Rio (1933) .... Dancer (uncredited)
- The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1935) .... Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
- Night Waitress (1936) .... Mario Rigo
- Beloved Enemy (1936) .... Mike - IRA Patriot (uncredited)
- When's Your Birthday? (1937) .... Marty - Gunman (uncredited)
- The Woman I Love (1937) .... Michel
- Dead End (1937) .... Dr. Flynn - Intern (uncredited)
- The Last Gangster (1937) .... Billy Ernst (uncredited)
- Navy Blue and Gold (1937) .... Mason - Southern Institute Football Player
- All American Sweetheart (1937) .... Bob - Crew Leader (uncredited)
- Saleslady (1938) .... Babcock
- Sinners in Paradise (1938) .... Jessup
- Letter of Introduction (1938) .... Disbelieving Man at Barry's Party (uncredited)
- The Crowd Roars (1938) .... Pete Mariola
- Young Dr. Kildare (1938) .... Dr. Collins (uncredited)
- The Duke of West Point (1938) .... Cadet Grady
- There's That Woman Again (1938) .... Bellboy (uncredited)
- Panama Patrol (1939) .... Lieutenant Loring
- First Offenders (1939) .... Art
- Calling Dr. Kildare (1939) .... Dr. Collins
- Only Angels Have Wings (1939) .... 'Tex'
- S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939) .... 'Curley' Parsons
- Wyoming Outlaw (1939) .... Will Parker
- Calling All Marines (1939) .... 'Blackie' Cross
- Saga of Death Valley (1939) .... Jerry
- The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) .... Dr. Collins - Intern (uncredited)
- Days of Jesse James (1939) .... Jesse James
- Ghost Valley Raiders (1940) .... Tim 'The Tolusa Kid' Brandon
- Adventures of Red Ryder (1940, Serial) .... 'Red' Ryder
- One Man's Law (1940) .... Jack Summers
- Sailor's Lady (1940) .... Second Paymaster (uncredited)
- The Tulsa Kid (1940) .... Tom 'The Tulsa Kid' Benton
- Frontier Vengeance (1940) .... Jim Sanders
- Texas Terrors (1940) .... Bob Millbourne / Robert Mills
- Wyoming Wildcat (1941) .... Bill Gannon
- The Phantom Cowboy (1941) .... Jim Lawrence
- Two Gun Sheriff (1941) .... Jim 'The Sundown Kid' McKinnon / Bruce McKinnon
- Desert Bandit (1941) .... Texas Ranger Bob Crandall
- Kansas Cyclone (1941) .... Jim Randall
- The Apache Kid (1941) .... Pete 'The Apache Kid' Dawson
- Death Valley Outlaws (1941) .... Johnny Edwards
- A Missouri Outlaw (1941) .... Cliff Dixon
- Arizona Terrors (1942) .... Jim Bradley
- Stagecoach Express (1942) .... Dave Gregory
- Jesse James, Jr. (1942) .... Johnny Barrett
- Remember Pearl Harbor (1942) .... Private Steve 'Lucky' Smith
- The Cyclone Kid (1942) .... Johnny 'The Cyclone Kid' Dawson
- The Sombrero Kid (1942) .... Jerry Holden / Jerry Clancy
- Outlaws of Pine Ridge (1942) .... 'Chips' Barrett
- The Traitor Within (1942) .... Sam Starr
- The Sundown Kid (1942) .... 'Red' Tracy / Wade Crandall
- Dead Man's Gulch (1943) .... 'Tennessee' Colby
- Carson City Cyclone (1943) .... Gilbert Phalen
- Days of Old Cheyenne (1943) .... Clint Ross
- Fugitive from Sonora (1943) .... Parson Dave Winters / Ted Winters / Keeno Phillips
- Black Hills Express (1943) .... Lon Walker
- The West Side Kid (1943) .... Johnny April
- The Man from the Rio Grande (1943) .... Lee Grant
- Canyon City (1943) .... Terry Reynolds - Posing As The Nevada Kid
- California Joe (1943) .... Lieutenant Joe Weldon
- The Purple Heart (1944) .... Lieutenant Peter Vincent
- Outlaws of Santa Fe (1944) .... Bob Conroy
- My Buddy (1944) .... Eddie Ballinger
- Bells of Rosarita (1945) .... Don Barry
- The Chicago Kid (1945) .... Joe Ferrill
- The Last Crooked Mile (1946) .... Tom Dwyer
- Plainsman and the Lady (1946) .... 'Feisty'
- Out California Way (1946) .... Don Barry
- That's My Gal (1947) .... Benny Novak
- Slippy McGee (1948) .... 'Slippy' McGee
- Madonna of the Desert (1948) .... Tony French
- Lightnin' in the Forest (1948) .... Stan Martin
- Train to Alcatraz (1948) .... Doug Forbes
- Ringside (1949) .... Mike O'Hara / 'King Cobra'
- The Dalton Gang (1949) .... Marshal Larry West - Posing As 'Rusty' Stevens
- Square Dance Jubilee (1949) .... Don Blake
- Tough Assignment (1949) .... Dan Reilly
- Red Desert (1949) .... Pecos Jones
- I Shot Billy the Kid (1950) .... William H. 'Billy The Kid' Bonney
- Gunfire (1950) .... Frank James / 'Bat' Fenton
- Train to Tombstone (1950) .... Len Howard
- Border Rangers (1950) .... Bob Standish - Posing As 'The Rio Kid'
- My Outlaw Brother (1951) .... Texas Ranger Hank (uncredited)
- Untamed Heiress (1954) .... Mike 'Spider Mike' Lawrence
- Jesse James' Women (1954) .... Jesse James / J. Woodsen
- The Twinkle in God's Eye (1955) .... Dawson
- I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) .... Jerry
- Seven Men from Now (1956) .... Clete
- Gun Duel in Durango (1957) .... Larry
- China Doll (1958) .... Master Sergeant Hal Foster
- Frankenstein 1970 (1958) .... Douglas Row
- Born Reckless (1958) .... 'Okie'
- Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) .... Councilman Fitzgerald (uncredited)
- The Last Mile (1959) .... Drake
- Bat Masterson (1959) .... Luke Short
- Warlock (1959) .... Edward Calhoun (uncredited)
- The Big Operator (1959) .... Sergeant
- Walk Like a Dragon (1960) .... Cabot
- Ocean's 11 (1960) .... McCoy (uncredited)
- Buffalo Gun (1961) .... Murdock
- Walk on the Wild Side (1962) .... Dockery
- Twilight of Honor (1963) .... Judson Elliot
- Law of the Lawless (1964) .... 'Red'
- Iron Angel (1964) .... 'Reb'
- The Carpetbaggers (1964) .... Soundman (uncredited)
- War Party (1965) .... Sergeant Chaney
- Fort Courageous (1965) .... Captain Howard
- Convict Stage (1965) .... Marshal Jethro Karnin
- Town Tamer (1965) .... 'Tex'
- Apache Uprising (1965) .... Henry Belden
- Alvarez Kelly (1966) .... Lieutenant Farrow
- Red Tomahawk (1966) .... Bly - Deserter
- Hostile Guns (1967) .... Ed Johnson
- Fort Utah (1967) .... Harris
- Bandolero! (1968) .... Jack Hawkins
- The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) .... Reverend Zachary Gant
- Shalako (1968) .... 'Buffalo'
- The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970) .... 'Rusty'
- Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) .... 'Shotgun'
- Rio Lobo (1970) .... Feeny - The Bartender (uncredited)
- One More Train to Rob (1971) .... Charlie
- Johnny Got His Gun (1971) .... Jody Simmons
- Junior Bonner (1972) .... Homer Rutledge
- Blazing Stewardesses (1975) .... Mike Trask
- Whiffs (1975) .... Sergeant Post
- Hustle (1975) .... Airport Bartender
- From Noon till Three (1976) .... 'Red Roxy'
- Orca (1977) .... Dock Worker
- Doctor Dracula (1978) .... Elliot
- Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978) .... Bartender
- The Swarm (1978) .... Pete Harris
- Hooper (1978) .... Sheriff
- Seabo (1978) .... Warden Coley
- The One Man Jury (1978) .... Sergeant Murphy
- Shame, Shame on the Bixby Boys (1978)
- Back Roads (1981) .... Pete (Final Film Role)
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- "Donald Barry Just right Type for Fast-action Range Roles". Cumberland Evening Times. Maryland, Cumberland. September 5, 1940. p. 9. Retrieved April 11, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Willis, John (1966). Screen World, 1966. Biblo & Tannen Publishers. p. 221. ISBN 9780819603074. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
- Connelly, Mary Jo (November 21, 1976). "Red Ryder made Don Barry famous ... but Lana, Ann, Joan and Susan spiced up those Hollywood nights". The Argus. California, Fremont. p. 11. Retrieved April 10, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Actor 'Red' Barry kills self". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. July 19, 1980. p. 2. Retrieved April 11, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- p. 29 Savage, William W. The Cowboy Hero: His Image in American History & Culture University of Oklahoma Press, 1979
- p. 109 Tuska, Jon A Variable Harvest: Essays and Reviews of Film and Literature McFarland & Co., 1990
- p. 126 Herzberg, Bob Shooting Scripts: From Pulp Western to Film McFarland, 24 Mar. 2005
- "Divorces". Billboard. May 27, 1944. p. 32. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
- Eduardo Moreno, The Films of Susan Hayward, Citadel Press, Secaucus, NJ, 1979, p. 142.
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