Biography

Barry Sullivan (August 29, 1912 – June 6, 1994) was an American movie actor who appeared in over 100 movies from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Born in New York City, Sullivan fell into acting when in college playing semi-pro football. During the later Depression years, Sullivan was told that because of his 6 ft 3 in (1.9 m) stature and rugged good looks he could "make money" simply standing on a Broadway stage. This began a successful career on Broadway, movies and television.

One of Sullivan's most memorable roles was playing a movie director in The Bad and the Beautiful opposite Kirk Douglas. Sullivan toured the US with Bette Davis in theatrical readings of the poetry of Carl Sandburg and starred opposite her in the 1951 film Payment on Demand. In 1950, Sullivan appeared in the film A Life of Her Own and replaced Vincent Price in the role of Leslie Charteris' Simon Templar on the NBC Radio show The Saint. Unfortunately, Sullivan only lasted two episodes before the show was cancelled, and then resurrected five weeks later with Vincent Price once again playing the starring role.

Sullivan's first starring TV show was a syndicated adaptation of the radio series The Man Called X for Ziv Television in 1956-1957, as secret agent Ken Thurston, the role Herbert Marshall originally portrayed before the microphone. In the 1957-1958 season, Sullivan starred in the adventure/drama television series Harbormaster. He played a commercial ship's captain, David Scott, and Paul Burke played his partner, Jeff Kittridge, in five episodes of the series, which aired first on CBS and then ABC under the revised title Adventure at Scott Island.

In 1960, Sullivan played frontier sheriff Pat Garrett opposite Clu Gulager as outlaw Billy the Kid in the western television series The Tall Man (although the series ran for seventy-five half-hour episodes, the one in which Garrett kills Billy was never filmed). Sullivan appeared in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) as John Chisum, but his scene was excised from the release print (though later restored to the film). He had a featured role in the 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man Book II. In additional to The Tall Man, Sullivan also starred in the television series The Road West, which aired on NBC on Monday, alternating with Perry Como), during the 1966-1967 season. Sullivan played the role of family patriarch Ben Pride.

Sullivan guest starred in many series, including The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Reporter, The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, and McMillan and Wife. He starred in many Hallmark Hall of Fame specials including a highly acclaimed production of "The Price" opposite George C. Scott. Sullivan was consistently in demand for the entirety of his career. His acting career spanned romantic leading man roles to villains and finally to character roles. In his later years, Sullivan had roles in the films, Oh God with George Burns and Earthquake, where he shared scenes with Ava Gardner.

Sullivan has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one at 1500 Vine St. for his work in television, and another at 6160 Hollywood Blvd. for motion pictures.

Barry Sullivan (August 29, 1912 – June 6, 1994) was an American movie actor who appeared in over 100 movies from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Born in New York City, Sullivan fell into acting when in college playing semi-pro football. During the later Depression years, Sullivan was told that because of his 6 ft 3 in (1.9 m) stature and rugged good looks he could "make money" simply standing on a Broadway stage. This began a successful career on Broadway, movies and television.

One of Sullivan's most memorable roles was playing a movie director in The Bad and the Beautiful opposite Kirk Douglas. Sullivan toured the US with Bette Davis in theatrical readings of the poetry of Carl Sandburg and starred opposite her in the 1951 film Payment on Demand. In 1950, Sullivan appeared in the film A Life of Her Own and replaced Vincent Price in the role of Leslie Charteris' Simon Templar on the NBC Radio show The Saint. Unfortunately, Sullivan only lasted two episodes before the show was cancelled, and then resurrected five weeks later with Vincent Price once again playing the starring role.

Sullivan's first starring TV show was a syndicated adaptation of the radio series The Man Called X for Ziv Television in 1956-1957, as secret agent Ken Thurston, the role Herbert Marshall originally portrayed before the microphone. In the 1957-1958 season, Sullivan starred in the adventure/drama television series Harbormaster. He played a commercial ship's captain, David Scott, and Paul Burke played his partner, Jeff Kittridge, in five episodes of the series, which aired first on CBS and then ABC under the revised title Adventure at Scott Island.

In 1960, Sullivan played frontier sheriff Pat Garrett opposite Clu Gulager as outlaw Billy the Kid in the western television series The Tall Man (although the series ran for seventy-five half-hour episodes, the one in which Garrett kills Billy was never filmed). Sullivan appeared in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) as John Chisum, but his scene was excised from the release print (though later restored to the film). He had a featured role in the 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man Book II. In additional to The Tall Man, Sullivan also starred in the television series The Road West, which aired on NBC on Monday, alternating with Perry Como), during the 1966-1967 season. Sullivan played the role of family patriarch Ben Pride.

Sullivan guest starred in many series, including The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Reporter, The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, and McMillan and Wife. He starred in many Hallmark Hall of Fame specials including a highly acclaimed production of "The Price" opposite George C. Scott. Sullivan was consistently in demand for the entirety of his career. His acting career spanned romantic leading man roles to villains and finally to character roles. In his later years, Sullivan had roles in the films, Oh God with George Burns and Earthquake, where he shared scenes with Ava Gardner.

Sullivan has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one at 1500 Vine St. for his work in television, and another at 6160 Hollywood Blvd. for motion pictures.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 140

Birthday 1912-08-29

Day of Death 1994-06-06

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Бэрри Салливан

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1978 The Immigrants as Grant Whittier
1978 Caravans as Richardson
1978 Vega$ (1 episode)
1978 The Bastard as Abraham Ware
1978 The Runaways (2 episodes)
1977 Oh, God! as Bishop Reardon
1977 Lucan (1 episode)
1977 The Washington Affair as Walter Nicholson
1976 Quincy, M.E. (1 episode)
1976 Charlie's Angels (2 episodes)
1976 Violent Naples as 'O' Generale
1976 The Bionic Woman (1 episode)
1975 Take a Hard Ride as Kane
1975 The 'Human' Factor as Edmonds
1974 Earthquake as Dr. Willis Stockle
1974 Harry O (1 episode)
1974 Little House on the Prairie (1 episode)
1974 Hurricane as Hank Stoddard
1973 Letters from Three Lovers as Joshua
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as Chisum
1973 Savage as Judge Daniel Stern
1973 The Magician as Joseph Baker
1972 Cool Million (1 episode)
1972 Kung Fu (1 episode)
1972 Another Part of the Forest as Marcus Hubbard
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (4 episodes)
1972 The Sixth Sense (1 episode)
1971 Cannon (3 episodes)
1971 LA 2017 as Dane Bigelow
1971 The Price
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1970 The Immortal (1 episode)
1970 McCloud (1 episode)
1970 House on Greenapple Road as Chief Frank Untermyer
1970 Yuma as Nels Decker
1969 The Arrangement as Collier
1969 Night Gallery as Dr. Frank Heatherton
1969 Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here as Ray Calvet
1969 Shark! as Mallare
1969 The Immortal as Jordan Braddock
1969 It Takes All Kinds as Orville Benton
1969 This Savage Land
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1968 The Name of the Game (1 episode)
1968 How to Steal the World as Dr. Robert Kingsley
1968 Buckskin as Chaddock
1968 Stalked as Narrator
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 The High Chaparral (2 episodes)
1967 Garrison's Gorillas (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (2 episodes)
1966 CBS Playhouse (1 episode)
1966 Poppies Are Also Flowers as Chasen
1966 Mission: Impossible (1 episode)
1966 The Road West (29 episodes) as Ben Pride
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1966 An American Dream as Police Lt. G. Roberts
1966 Intimacy as Walter Nicholson
1965 The Loner (1 episode)
1965 Planet of the Vampires as Captain Mark Markary
1965 Run for Your Life (1 episode)
1965 Harlow as Marino Bello
1965 My Blood Runs Cold as Julian Merriday
1964 Stage to Thunder Rock as Sheriff Horne
1964 Twelve O'Clock High (1 episode)
1964 Pyro... The Thing Without a Face as Vance Pierson
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Man in the Middle as General Kempton
1963 The Great Adventure (2 episodes)
1963 Arrest and Trial (1 episode)
1963 A Gathering of Eagles as Col. Bill Fowler
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1962 Light in the Piazza as Noel Johnson
1961 Ben Casey (3 episodes)
1960 Route 66 (1 episode)
1960 Seven Ways from Sundown as Jim Flood
1960 The Tall Man (74 episodes) as Pat Garrett
1959 The Purple Gang as William P. Harley
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1958 Wolf Larsen as Wolf Larsen
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (2 episodes)
1958 Nightmare at Ground Zero as Daniel Joyce
1958 Another Time, Another Place as Carter Reynolds
1957 Harbormaster (26 episodes)
1957 Forty Guns as Griff Bonell
1957 Dragoon Wells Massacre as Link Ferris
1956 Julie as Cliff Henderson
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (3 episodes)
1956 The Maverick Queen as Jeff Younger
1956 Man Called X (39 episodes)
1955 Texas Lady as Chris Mooney
1955 Queen Bee as Avery 'Beauty' Phillips
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Ford Star Jubilee (1 episode)
1955 Strategic Air Command as Lt. Col. Rocky Samford
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Her Twelve Men as Richard Y. Oliver, Sr.
1954 The Miami Story as Mick Flagg aka Mike Pierce
1954 Playgirl as Mike Marsh
1954 Loophole as Mike Donovan
1953 China Venture
1953 Cry of the Hunted as Lieutenant Tunner
1953 Jeopardy as Doug Stilwin
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 The Bad and the Beautiful as Fred Amiel
1952 Skirts Ahoy! as Lt. Cmdr. Paul Elcott
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 The Unknown Man as District Attorney Joe Bucknor
1951 No Questions Asked as Steve Keiver
1951 Cause for Alarm as George Z. Jones
1951 Mr. Imperium as Paul Hunter
1951 Three Guys Named Mike as Mike Tracy
1951 Inside Straight as Johnny Sanderson
1951 Payment on Demand as David Anderson Ramsey
1951 Grounds for Marriage as Chris Bartlett
1950 Lux Video Theatre (2 episodes)
1950 A Life of Her Own as Lee Gorrance
1950 Nancy Goes to Rio as Paul Berten
1950 The Outriders as Jesse Wallace
1949 Tension as Lt. Collier Bonnabel
1949 Any Number Can Play as Tycoon
1949 The Great Gatsby as Tom Buchanaan
1949 Bad Men of Tombstone as Tom Horn
1948 Studio One (3 episodes)
1948 Smart Woman as Frank McCoy
1947 The Gangster as Shubunka
1947 Framed as Steve Price
1946 Suspense as Joe Morgan
1945 Getting Gertie's Garter as Ted Dalton
1945 Duffy's Tavern as Danny Murphy
1944 And Now Tomorrow as Jeff Stoddard
1944 Rainbow Island as Ken Masters
1944 Lady in the Dark as Dr. Brooks
1943 The Woman of the Town as King Kennedy
1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again! as Thug in Car's Back Seat

Directing

1955 Highway Patrol (2 episodes)Director

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