Gene Barry was an American actor.


Born Eugene Klass in New York City, he studied at the Chatham School of Music and began his career as a song and dance man, appearing in a number of stage musicals. He made his first film appearances in The Atomic City and The War of the Worlds and later played roles in Back From Eternity and The 27th Day.

Barry's main claim to fame came through television, playing the title characters in Bat Masterson and Burke's Law. He also made apoearances in The Name of the Game and The Adventurer.

Barry passed away in 2009.


Though he gained fame as a film actor, Barry sang a number of times onstage, making his musical debut as Captain Duval in The New Moon and later playing such roles as The Doctor in Happy as Larry, Destry in Destry Rides Again and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He also originated the roles of Jack Beaumont in Spotlight and famously the Tony Award nominated role of Georges in La Cage Aux Folles.


Die Fledermaus (1950)


The New Moon (1942)

  • An Interrupted Love Song (contains solo lines)

Rosalinda (1942)

  • Chacun a son gout (solo)
  • Czardas (duet)
  • Drinking Song
  • Merci
  • Brother Mine

The Merry Widow (1943)

  • Act II Finale
  • Act III Finale

Happy as Larry (1950)(originated the role)

  • Mrs. Larry, Tell Me This (duet)
  • It's Pleasant and Delightful (solo)

Destry Rides Again (1960)

  • Tomorrow Morning (solo)
  • Ballad of the Gun (duet)
  • Anyone Would Love You (duet)
  • Once Knew a Fella (contains solo lines)
  • Only Time Will Tell (solo)
  • Once Knew a Fella (Reprise)(duet)

Bye Bye Birdie (1967)

  • An English Teacher (duet)
  • Put on a Happy Face (contains solo lines)
  • Normal American Boy (contains solo lines)
  • Baby, Talk to Me (contains solo lines)
  • Rosie (duet)

Fiddler on the Roof (1974)

  • Tradition
  • Sabbath Prayer
  • If I Were a Rich Man (solo)
  • To Life (contains solo lines)
  • Tevye's Monologue (solo)
  • Tevye's Dream (contains solo lines)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (contains solo lines)
  • Tevye's Rebuttal (solo)
  • Chavaleh (solo)
  • Anatevka

Spotlight (1978)(originated the role)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1978)

  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (solo)
  • Melinda (solo)
  • Come Back to Me (solo)

La Cage Aux Folles (1983)(originated the role)

  • We Are What We Are (contains solo lines)
  • With Anne on My Arm (duet)
  • With You on My Arm (duet)
  • Song on the Sand (solo)
  • Song on the Sand (Reprise)(duet)
  • Masculinity (contains solo lines)
  • Look Over There (solo)
  • Cocktail Counterpoint (contains solo lines)
  • La Cage aux Folles (Reprise)(solo)


  • Finale
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