Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 175

Birthday 1912-01-11

Day of Death 1980-07-17

Place of Birth Houston, Texas, USA

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Also Known As

  • Don 'Red' Barry
  • Donald Barry De Acosta
  • Donald Barry

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1981 Back Roads as Pete
1979 Knots Landing (1 episode)
1979 240-Robert (1 episode)
1978 Hooper as Sheriff
1978 The Swarm as Pete Harris
1978 Hot Lead & Cold Feet as Bartender
1978 Buckstone County Prison as Warden Coley
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid as Devery's Foreman
1978 Doctor Dracula as Elliot (as Donald Barry)
1977 CHiPs (2 episodes) as Truck Driver
1977 Orca: The Killer Whale as Dock Worker
1976 Quincy, M.E. (1 episode)
1976 Charlie's Angels (1 episode)
1976 Big John, Little John (1 episode)
1976 From Noon Till Three as Red Roxy
1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch as (archive footage)
1976 The Bionic Woman (1 episode)
1975 Whiffs as Sgt. Post (as Donald 'Red' Barry)
1975 Barbary Coast (1 episode)
1975 Boss Nigger as (as Don Red Barry)
1975 Blazing Stewardesses as Trask
1975 Baretta (1 episode)
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode) as Shorty McCall
1974 Police Woman (6 episodes)
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1 episode)
1974 Petrocelli (1 episode)
1974 Little House on the Prairie (6 episodes)
1973 Police Story (2 episodes)
1973 Incident on a Dark Street as Miles Henderson
1972 Ghost Story (2 episodes)
1972 The Waltons (1 episode)
1972 The Rookies (2 episodes)
1972 Junior Bonner as Homer Rutledge
1972 Emergency! (1 episode)
1971 Johnny Got His Gun as Jody Simmons
1970 The Immortal (1 episode)
1970 Hunters Are for Killing as Hank Phillips
1968 Shalako as Buffalo
1968 Land of the Giants (1 episode) as Dr. Zoral
1968 The Outsider (1 episode)
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West as Rev. Zachary Gant
1968 It Takes a Thief (1 episode) as Airline Captain (as Donald Barry)
1967 Hondo (1 episode)
1967 Cimarron Strip (1 episode)
1967 Fort Utah as Harris
1967 Hostile Guns as Ed Johnson
1967 Ironside (6 episodes)
1966 Alvarez Kelly as Lt. Farrow
1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1 episode)
1966 Batman (4 episodes)
1965 The Wild Wild West (1 episode)
1965 Laredo (1 episode) as Sam Dixie
1965 F Troop (1 episode)
1965 The Legend of Jesse James (1 episode)
1965 Town Tamer as Tex (as Donald Barry)
1965 Fort Courageous as Captain Harvey
1965 Convict Stage as Marshal Jethro Karnin
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1964 The Munsters (1 episode)
1964 Mickey (1 episode)
1964 Law of the Lawless as Red (as Donald Barry)
1964 Iron Angel as Reb
1963 Mr. Novak (1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (5 episodes)
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1962 Walk on the Wild Side as Dockery
1961 Buffalo Gun as Murdock
1960 The Roaring 20's (1 episode)
1960 Surfside 6 (1 episode)
1960 Checkmate (1 episode) as Kyle Horgan
1960 Walk Like a Dragon as Cabot
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (1 episode)
1959 Laramie (1 episode)
1959 The Big Operator as Detective Sergeant
1959 The Last Mile as Drake (as Donald Barry)
1958 Born Reckless as Bill Okie
1958 77 Sunset Strip (2 episodes)
1958 Bat Masterson (1 episode)
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1958 Bronco (4 episodes)
1958 Peter Gunn (1 episode)
1958 Frankenstein 1970 as Douglas Row
1958 China Doll as MSgt. Hal Foster
1957 Maverick (5 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 Sugarfoot (5 episodes)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1957 Gun Duel In Durango as Larry
1956 Seven Men from Now as Clete
1955 I'll Cry Tomorrow as Jerry
1955 The Twinkle In God's Eye as Dawson
1955 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1 episode)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1954 Jesse James' Women as Jesse James
1954 Untamed Heiress as 'Spider' Mike Lawrence (as Donald Barry)
1951 Dragnet (2 episodes)
1950 Border Rangers as Bob Standish posing as the Rio Kid (as Don Barry)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 Train To Tombstone as Len Howard (as Don Barry)
1950 Gunfire as Frank James / Bat Fenton (as Don Barry)
1950 I Shot Billy the Kid as William H. Bonney / Billy the Kid (as Don Barry)
1949 Red Desert as Pecos Jones (as Don Barry)
1949 Tough Assignment as Dan Reilly (as Don Barry)
1949 Square Dance Jubilee as Don Blake (as Don Barry)
1949 The Dalton Gang as Marshal Larry West posing as Rusty Stevens (as Don Barry)
1949 Ringside as Mike O'Hara, "King Cobra"
1948 Train to Alcatraz as Doug Forbes (as Donald Barry)
1948 Madonna of the Desert as Tony French (as Donald Barry)
1946 The Plainsman and the Lady as Feisty
1946 The Last Crooked Mile as Tom Dwyer (as Donald Barry)
1945 The Chicago Kid as Joe Ferrill (as Donald Barry)
1945 Bells of Rosarita as Don Barry (as Donald Barry)
1944 My Buddy as Eddie Ballinger (as Donald Barry)
1944 Outlaws of Santa Fe as Bob Conroy
1944 The Purple Heart as Lt. Peter Vincent (as Donald Barry)
1943 California Joe as Lt. Joe Weldon
1943 Canyon City as Terry Reynolds posing as the Nevada Kid
1943 The Man from the Rio Grande as Lee Grant
1943 The West Side Kid as Johnny April (as Donald Barry)
1943 Black Hills Express as Lon Walker
1943 Fugitive from Sonora as Parson Dave Winters / Ted Winters aka Keeno Phillips
1943 Days of Old Cheyenne as Clint Ross
1943 Carson City Cyclone as Gilbert Phalen
1943 Dead Man's Gulch as Tennessee Colby
1942 The Sundown Kid as Red Tracy aka Red Brennan
1942 The Traitor Within as Sam Starr (as Donald M. Barry)
1942 Outlaws of Pine Ridge as Chips Barrett
1942 The Sombrero Kid as Jerry Holden - aka Jerry Clancy
1942 The Cyclone Kid as Johnny Dawson aka Cyclone Kid
1942 Jesse James, Jr. as Johnny Barrett
1942 Stagecoach Express as Dave Gregory
1942 Arizona Terrors as Jim Bradley
1942 Remember Pearl Harbor as Pvt. Steve 'Lucky' Smith
1941 A Missouri Outlaw as Cliff Dixon
1941 Death Valley Outlaws as Johnny Edwards
1941 Kansas Cyclone as Jim Randall
1941 Desert Bandit as Bob Crandall, Texas Ranger
1941 The Apache Kid as Pete Dawson aka The Apache Kid
1941 Two Gun Sheriff as Jim McKinnon the Sundown Kid / Bruce McKinnon
1941 The Phantom Cowboy as Jim Lawrence
1941 Wyoming Wildcat as Bill Gannon
1940 Texas Terrors as Bob Millbourne aka Robert Mills
1940 Frontier Vengeance as Jim Sanders
1940 The Tulsa Kid as Tom Benton aka Tulsa Kid
1940 Sailor's Lady as Second Paymaster
1940 One Man's Law as Jack Summers
1940 Adventures of Red Ryder as Red Ryder
1940 Ghost Valley Raiders as Tim Brandon aka The Tolusa Kid (as Donald Barry)
1940 Jack Pot as Bryan (uncredited)
1939 Days of Jesse James as Jesse James
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Collins - Intern
1939 Saga of Death Valley as Jerry
1939 Calling All Marines as 'Blackie' Cross
1939 Wyoming Outlaw as Will Parker
1939 S.O.S Tidal Wave as Don 'Red' Barry
1939 Only Angels Have Wings as Tex
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as Collins
1939 Panama Patrol as Loring
1938 The Duke Of West Point as Grady
1938 Young Dr. Kildare as Dr. Collins
1938 The Crowd Roars as Pete Mariola
1938 Think It Over as Henchman
1938 Sinners in Paradise as Jessup
1938 Saleslady as Babcock
1937 Navy Blue and Gold as Mason (Southern Institute football player)
1937 Dead End as Dr. Flynn - Intern (uncredited)
1937 The Woman I Love as Michel
1936 Beloved Enemy as Mike - I.R.A. Patriot
1936 Night Waitress as Mario Rigo (as Donald Barry)
1934 Bridal Bail as Movie Usher
1933 Flying Down to Rio as Dancer (uncredited)

Writing

1965 Convict Stage Writer
1954 Jesse James' Women Screenplay
1950 Train To Tombstone Writer
1949 Red Light Story

Directing

1954 Jesse James' Women Director

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