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Born Eugene Klass in New York City, New York, he exhibited early skills with his singing and violin playing. He appeared on Broadway in "Catherine was Great" in 1944. He adopted his professional name in honor of John Barrymore.
An early film role was in the 1953 production of The War of the Worlds.
Barry has appeared in a number of films, television programs, and stage shows. His wife of 60 years, Betty Clair Kalb, died in 2003. He has sons Michael and Frederick, and a daughter Elizabeth.
For his contribution to live theater, Gene Barry has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6555 Hollywood Blvd.
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