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THE PASSING OF GENE BARRY a.ka. 'Bat Masterson' and other TV / Film Roles:   With all that has been going on here... I have not been able to blog about the death of Gene Garry, who passed away on December 9th 2009, until today.

Although others might 'know' him better in other roles, it was his role as 'Bat Masterson' on the TV Show that he first became known to me.  Yeah, I was at that impressionable age when all those TV Westerns were on during the late 1950's into the early 1960's!  Issue #7 of 'Bat Mastson' from Dell Comics (May-July 1961) is shown below to show you how 'dapper' Gene Barry was in this role!

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Gene Barry's real name was Eugene Klass, and he was born June 14th, 1919 in New York City. All of his grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia.

Eugene did what so many others did in his profession. He took a 'stage name', and decided to honour John Barrymore, and thus 'Gene Barry' started his acting career.

Again, although I knew him best as 'Bat Masterson', other collectors of his works knew him best in either 'Our Miss Brooks', 'The Name of the Game', or 'Burke's Law'.

The earliest work that I am aware of was his role in the 1952 film 'The Atomic City', and hi last work was in the 2005 film 'War of the Worlds'.

Unfortunately it seems I missed his recreation of the role of 'Bat Masterson' for two episodes of 'Guns of Paradise' in 1990 alongside Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.  I'll have to look those up now as a fond farewell to Gene Barry...

My condolences to Gene's family members on his passing.




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