Gene Barry dies age 90

"The Name of the Game" cast: Robert Stack, Gene Barry, Tony Franciosa

Gene Barry (real name Eugene Klass) best known for the film War of the Worlds (1953) and the TV series Bat Masterson, Burke’s Law and The Name of the Game has passed way at the age of 90.

James Drury appeared with Gene Barry in the 1971 TV movie The Devil and Miss Sarah – a Western that qualified as an entry in my Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns book.

Doug McClure was a guest star in the revived Burke’s Law in 1995 on the episode “Who Killed the Highest Bidder?”  Doug played high bidder J. Ross Richardson in a small role broadcast a few months before his death in May 1995.

Author: PGreen

Published work in U.S.A. for McFarland & Co. Inc. : A History of Television’s The Virginian 1962-1971 (2006, 2009 Softcover edition) Pete Duel : A Biography (2007, 2009 Large Print edition; Kindle edition) Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009) Jennifer Jones : Life and Films (2011)

4 thoughts on “Gene Barry dies age 90”

  1. Gene Barry was also in Kenny Roger’s The Luck of The Draw: The Gambler Returns, in which Doug and Jim also appeared. He played his old role of Bat Masterson, that he had revived for an episode of Paradise. He also made a very brief appearance, in long shot, as the grandfather in the War of the Worlds remake with Tom Cruise. That’s all of The Name of the Game stars gone now.
    By the way, Paul, did you make a friends request on Myspace, I got an E-Mail about it, but when I went to your profile, it said it was invalide or had been deleted and thewre was no request in my mailbox.

  2. Yes I forgot to mention the Kenny Rogers TV film Nicholas. The death of all these stars makes you realize just how long ago the 1960s has become. Although “Name of the Game” semi-regular Susan St. James is still with us.
    I deleted my My Space account today after experiencing numerous freezes on my computer trying to access pages. This was after I’d contacted you and a few others Nicholas. Sorry for the confusion. I have a facebook account but I’m thinking of ditching that as well. I waste far too much time on the social sites doing nothing in particular. I much prefer creating blogs and books. 🙂

  3. Well, we can keep in touch here and on the Irish Forum, Paul and I will take this opportunity to wish you and all who post here a Very Happy Christmas and New Year.

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