Don Barry

Don Barry

  • Born on
    • January 11th, 1912
  • Died on
    • July 17th, 1980
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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Acting (28 Credits)

1981Back Roads as Pete
1978Hot Lead and Cold Feet as Bartender
1978Hot Lead and Cold Feet as Bartender
1978Hooper as Sheriff
1978The Swarm as Pete Harris
1977Orca as Dock Worker
1976From Noon Till Three as Red Roxy
1975Hustle as Airport Bartender
1974Boss Nigger as (as Don Red Barry)
1972Junior Bonner as Homer Rutledge
1971Johnny Got His Gun as Jody Simmons
1968Shalako as Buffalo
1968The Shakiest Gun in the West as Rev. Zachary Gant
1966Alvarez Kelly as Lt. Farrow
1963Twilight of Honor as Judson Elliot
1962Walk on the Wild Side as Dockery
1959Warlock as Edward Calhoun (uncredited)
1958Frankenstein 1970 as Douglas Row
19567 Men from Now as Clete
1955I'll Cry Tomorrow as Jerry
1945Bells of Rosarita as Don Barry
1944The Purple Heart as Lt. Peter Vincent (as Donald Barry)
1939Days of Jesse James as Jesse James
1939Only Angels Have Wings as Tex
1938Young Dr. Kildare as Dr. Collins
1937Navy Blue and Gold as Mason (Southern Institute football player) (uncredited)
1937Dead End as Dr. Flynn, Intern (Uncredited)
1933Flying Down to Rio as Dancer (uncredited)

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