American actor Gene Barry has passed away at the age of 90. The actor is probably best remembered for his roles in Burke’s Law, Bat Masterton, The Name of the Game and The Adventurer. He also played the leading role of Doctor Clayton Forrester in the 1952 film version of War of the Worlds.
Actor Gene Barry has passed away at the age of 90. Barry is probably best remembered for his roles in a series of high-profile and fondly remembered television shows such as Bat Masterton in the late 1950s and early 60s, The Name of the Game and The Adventurer alongside Catherine Schell in the 1970s. Barry also starred in the original series of Burke’s Law between 1963 and 1966 and its revival in the mid 1990’s where he reprised his role of Amos Burke. The actor also guest-starred in a wide range of shows such as Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, Fantasy Island and Studio 57.
On the big-screen he starred alongside Ann Robinson in the 1952 film version of War of the Worlds by George Pal. In the film he played Doctor Clayton Forrester and the film is considered one of the best film adaptations of the H G Wells book. In the late 1980s a television sequel series was produced which ran for two seasons and although Barry didn’t appear in the series actress Ann Robinson did reprise her role of Sylvia Van Buren for several episodes. The two were reunited in the 2005 Steven Spielberg version of War of the Worlds in which they play the grandparents of Miranda Otto’s character. Their cameo appearance in the film was a nod to their roles in the George Pal film.