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Don Barry

Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder (1940). Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this was the one that kept him there. He acquired the nickname "Red" from his association with the Red Ryder character. After the success of "Red Ryder" Barry starred in a string of westerns for Republic. Studio chief Herbert J. Yates got the idea that Barry could be Republic's version of James Cagney, as he was short and had the same scrappy, feisty nature that Cagney had. Unfortunately, while Barry could in fact be a good actor when he wanted to be -- as he showed in the World War II drama The Purple Heart (1944) -- his "feistiness", combative nature and oversized ego caused him to alienate many of the casts and crews he worked with at Republic (ace serial director William Witney detested him, calling him "the midget", and director John English worked with him once and refused to ever work with him again). Barry made a series of westerns at Republic throughout the 1940s, but by 1950 his career had pretty much come to a halt, and he was reduced to making cheaper and cheaper pictures for bottom-of-the-barrel companies like Lippert and Screen Guild. Barry continued to work and still appeared in westerns up through the 1970s, but they were often in small supporting roles, sometimes unbilled. In 1980 he committed suicide by shooting himself.

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Jan 11, 1912 In Houston, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Flying Down to Rio 1933-12-22
Latest Project:
Movie Back Roads 1981-03-13
Known For
Poster of Big John, Little John
Poster of It Takes a Thief
Movie Back Roads Pete 1981-03-13
Series 240-Robert Unknown 1979-08-28
Series Knots Landing Unknown 1979-12-27
Movie Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid Devery's Foreman 1978-05-26
Movie Doctor Dracula Elliot (as Donald Barry) 1978-03-02
Movie Buckstone County Prison Warden Coley 1978-07-01
Movie The Swarm Pete Harris 1978-07-14
Movie Hot Lead & Cold Feet Bartender 1978-07-05
Movie Hooper Sheriff 1978-07-28
Movie Orca: The Killer Whale Dock Worker 1977-07-22
Series CHiPs Truck Driver 1977-09-15
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976-05-01
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie From Noon Till Three Red Roxy 1976-08-13
Series Big John, Little John Unknown 1976-09-11
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Series Baretta Unknown 1975-01-17
Movie Blazing Stewardesses Trask 1975-06-01
Movie Boss Nigger (as Don Red Barry) 1975-08-17
Movie Whiffs Sgt. Post (as Donald 'Red' Barry) 1975-10-15
Series Barbary Coast Unknown 1975-09-08
Series Petrocelli Unknown 1974-03-16
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series The Rockford Files Shorty McCall 1974-09-13
Series Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie Incident on a Dark Street Miles Henderson 1973-01-13
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Movie Junior Bonner Homer Rutledge 1972-08-02
Series Ghost Story Unknown 1972-09-15
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
Movie Johnny Got His Gun Jody Simmons 1971-08-04
Movie Hunters Are for Killing Hank Phillips 1970-03-12
Series The Immortal Unknown 1970-09-24
Movie The Shakiest Gun in the West Rev. Zachary Gant 1968-07-10
Series The Outsider - 1968 Unknown 1968-09-18
Series It Takes a Thief Airline Captain (as Donald Barry) 1968-01-09
Series Land of the Giants Dr. Zoral 1968-09-22
Movie Shalako Buffalo 1968-11-06
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie Fort Utah Harris 1967-09-01
Movie Hostile Guns Ed Johnson 1967-07-01
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie Alvarez Kelly Lt. Farrow 1966-10-06
Movie Fort Courageous Captain Harvey 1965-05-01
Movie Convict Stage Marshal Jethro Karnin 1965-01-01
Movie Town Tamer Tex (as Donald Barry) 1965-07-07
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Series F Troop Unknown 1965-09-14
Series Laredo Sam Dixie 1965-09-16
Movie Law of the Lawless Red (as Donald Barry) 1964-05-13
Movie Iron Angel Reb 1964-02-01
Series The Munsters Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series Mr. Novak Unknown 1963-09-24
Movie Walk on the Wild Side Dockery 1962-03-20
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie Buffalo Gun Murdock 1961-07-01
Movie Walk Like a Dragon Cabot 1960-06-01
Series Checkmate Kyle Horgan 1960-09-17
Series The Roaring 20's Unknown 1960-10-15
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Movie The Last Mile Drake (as Donald Barry) 1959-02-18
Movie The Big Operator Detective Sergeant 1959-08-01
Series Laramie Unknown 1959-09-15
Series Bourbon Street Beat Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Movie China Doll MSgt. Hal Foster 1958-06-06
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Movie Frankenstein 1970 Douglas Row 1958-07-20
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Movie Born Reckless Bill Okie 1958-11-02
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Movie Gun Duel In Durango Larry 1957-05-01
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Seven Men from Now Clete 1956-08-04
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Twinkle In God's Eye Dawson 1955-10-13
Series Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Unknown 1955-09-29
Movie I'll Cry Tomorrow Jerry 1955-12-25
Movie Untamed Heiress 'Spider' Mike Lawrence (as Donald Barry) 1954-03-31
Movie Jesse James' Women Jesse James 1954-09-04
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Movie Border Rangers Bob Standish posing as the Rio Kid (as Don Barry) 1950-10-05
Movie I Shot Billy the Kid William H. Bonney / Billy the Kid (as Don Barry) 1950-07-27
Movie Gunfire Frank James / Bat Fenton (as Don Barry) 1950-08-12
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Train To Tombstone Len Howard (as Don Barry) 1950-09-16
Movie Ringside Mike O'Hara, "King Cobra" 1949-07-14
Movie The Dalton Gang Marshal Larry West posing as Rusty Stevens (as Don Barry) 1949-10-20
Movie Red Desert Pecos Jones (as Don Barry) 1949-12-17
Movie Square Dance Jubilee Don Blake (as Don Barry) 1949-11-11
Movie Tough Assignment Dan Reilly (as Don Barry) 1949-11-15
Movie Madonna of the Desert Tony French (as Donald Barry) 1948-02-23
Movie Train to Alcatraz Doug Forbes (as Donald Barry) 1948-06-28
Movie The Plainsman and the Lady Feisty 1946-11-11
Movie The Last Crooked Mile Tom Dwyer (as Donald Barry) 1946-08-09
Movie Bells of Rosarita Don Barry 1945-06-15
Movie The Chicago Kid Joe Ferrill (as Donald Barry) 1945-06-29
Movie The Purple Heart Lt. Peter Vincent (as Donald Barry) 1944-02-25
Movie Outlaws of Santa Fe Bob Conroy 1944-04-04
Movie My Buddy Eddie Ballinger (as Donald Barry) 1944-10-12
Movie Days of Old Cheyenne Clint Ross 1943-03-15
Movie Carson City Cyclone Gilbert Phalen 1943-03-03
Movie Dead Man's Gulch Tennessee Colby 1943-02-12
Movie Fugitive from Sonora Parson Dave Winters / Ted Winters aka Keeno Phillips 1943-06-30
Movie The Man from the Rio Grande Lee Grant 1943-10-18
Movie Black Hills Express Lon Walker 1943-08-15
Movie Canyon City Terry Reynolds posing as the Nevada Kid 1943-11-24
Movie California Joe Lt. Joe Weldon 1943-12-29
Movie The West Side Kid Johnny April (as Donald Barry) 1943-08-23
Movie Jesse James, Jr. Johnny Barrett 1942-03-25
Movie Stagecoach Express Dave Gregory 1942-03-06
Movie Arizona Terrors Jim Bradley 1942-01-13
Movie Remember Pearl Harbor Pvt. Steve 'Lucky' Smith 1942-01-02
Movie The Sombrero Kid Jerry Holden - aka Jerry Clancy 1942-07-31
Movie The Cyclone Kid Johnny Dawson aka Cyclone Kid 1942-05-31
Movie The Traitor Within Sam Starr (as Donald M. Barry) 1942-12-16
Movie The Sundown Kid Red Tracy 1942-12-28
Movie Outlaws of Pine Ridge Chips Barrett 1942-10-27
Movie Two Gun Sheriff Jim McKinnon the Sundown Kid / Bruce McKinnon 1941-04-09
Movie The Phantom Cowboy Jim Lawrence 1941-02-14
Movie The Apache Kid Pete Dawson aka The Apache Kid 1941-04-11
Movie Wyoming Wildcat Bill Gannon 1941-01-06
Movie Desert Bandit Bob Crandall, Texas Ranger 1941-05-24
Movie Death Valley Outlaws Johnny Edwards 1941-09-26
Movie A Missouri Outlaw Cliff Dixon 1941-11-25
Movie Kansas Cyclone Jim Randall 1941-06-24
Movie Adventures of Red Ryder Red Ryder 1940-06-28
Movie Ghost Valley Raiders Tim Brandon aka The Tolusa Kid (as Donald Barry) 1940-03-23
Movie Jack Pot Bryan (uncredited) 1940-03-09
Movie One Man's Law Jack Summers 1940-06-29
Movie Sailor's Lady Second Paymaster 1940-07-05
Movie The Tulsa Kid Tom Benton aka Tulsa Kid 1940-08-16
Movie Texas Terrors Bob Millbourne aka Robert Mills 1940-11-22
Movie Frontier Vengeance Jim Sanders 1940-10-10
Movie Only Angels Have Wings Tex 1939-05-15
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Collins 1939-04-28
Movie S.O.S Tidal Wave Don 'Red' Barry 1939-06-02
Movie Panama Patrol Loring 1939-03-20
Movie Days of Jesse James Jesse James 1939-12-20
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Collins - Intern 1939-11-24
Movie Wyoming Outlaw Will Parker 1939-06-27
Movie Saga of Death Valley Jerry 1939-11-17
Movie Calling All Marines 'Blackie' Cross 1939-09-20
Movie Sinners in Paradise Jessup 1938-05-19
Movie Saleslady Babcock 1938-01-27
Movie Think It Over Henchman 1938-07-24
Movie The Duke of West Point Grady 1938-12-29
Movie Young Dr. Kildare Dr. Collins 1938-10-14
Movie The Crowd Roars Pete Mariola 1938-08-06
Movie The Woman I Love Michel 1937-04-15
Movie Dead End Dr. Flynn, Intern (Uncredited) 1937-08-27
Movie Navy Blue and Gold Mason (Southern Institute football player) 1937-11-19
Movie Night Waitress Mario Rigo 1936-12-18
Movie Beloved Enemy Mike - I.R.A. Patriot 1936-12-25
Movie Flying Down to Rio Dancer (uncredited) 1933-12-22