Don 'Red' Barry Biography

Birthday: 1912-01-11
Place of Birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 5' 4½" (1.64 m)
Wiki Biography: A college football star, 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 WW 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.

Don 'Red' BarryPhotos & Pictures


TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Walk on the Wild Side 1962 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Only Angels Have Wings 1939 Drama, Adventure, Romance
Adventures of Red Ryder Red Ryder 1940
The Purple Heart 1944 Drama, History
Seven Men from Now 1956 0, 0
Frankenstein 1970 1958 Horror, Sci Fi
Alvarez Kelly 1966
The Shakiest Gun in the West 1968
Bandolero! 1968 Action, Crime, Drama
Shalako 1968
Junior Bonner 1972 Comedy, Drama
Blazing Stewardesses 1975
Boss Nigger 1975 Fantasy, 0
From Noon Till Three 1976 Fantasy, 0
Orca Dock Worker 1977 Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Hot Lead and Cold Feet 1978 Family, Action
Hooper 1978 Action, Comedy
Johnny Got His Gun 2008