Gene Barry (Performer) | Playbill

Gene Barry


Gene Barry was born Eugene Klass on June 14, 1919, in New York to Martin Klass, a jeweler, and Eva Klass. He studied violin and singing as a boy, and got his start in show business while attending New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, when he won a singing contest and a scholarship to the Chatham Square School of Music. Soon, he was working on stage and, by 1942, Broadway. He changed his name to Gene Barry in honor of his idol John Barrymore.

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  • Also Known As: Eugene Klass
  • Born: Jun 14, 1919 in New York, New York
  • Death: Dec 09, 2009 in Woodland Hills, California

Roles (12)

La Cage aux Folles Playbill - Aug 1983 La Cage aux Folles
Opened August 21, 1983
  • as Georges (Original)
La Cage aux Folles Playbill - Aug 1983
The Perfect Setup Playbill - Oct 1962 The Perfect Setup
Opened October 24, 1962
  • as Paul (Original)
The Perfect Setup Playbill - Oct 1962
Bless You All Playbill - Dec 1950 Bless You All
Opened December 13, 1950
  • as A Good Humor Man (Original)
  • as Announcer (Original)
  • as Laszlo (Original)
  • as The Publisher (Original)
Happy as Larry Playbill - Jan 1950 Happy as Larry
Opened January 06, 1950
  • as The Doctor (Original)
The Would-Be Gentleman Playbill - Jan 1946 The Would-be Gentleman
Opened January 09, 1946
  • as Dorante, Comte De Chateau-Gaillard (Original)
Catherine Was Great Playbill - Oct 1944 Catherine Was Great
Opened August 02, 1944
  • as Lieutenant Bunin (Original)
The Merry Widow Playbill - Nov 1943 The Merry Widow
Opened August 04, 1943
  • as Nova Kovich (Original)
Rosalinda Playbill - Nov 1943 Rosalinda
Opened October 28, 1942
  • as Falke (Original)
Pb Listing Placeholder OFFBWAY V4 The New Moon
Opened August 18, 1942
  • as Captain Paul Duval (Original)


Drama Desk Award
1984 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominee
Tony Award
1984 Best Actor in a Musical Nominee

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