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Barry Sullivan Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Aug 29, 1912
  • Died: Jun 6, 1994
  • Birth Name: Patrick Barry

Actor Barry Sullivan was a theater usher and department store employee at the time he made his first Broadway appearance in 1936. His "official" film debut was in the 1943 Western [[Feature~V55085~Woman of the Town~thewomanofthetown]], though in fact Sullivan had previously appeared in a handful of two-reel comedies produced by the Manhattan-based Educational Studios in the late '30s. A bit too raffish to be a standard leading man, Sullivan was better served in tough, aggressive roles, notably the title character in 1947's [[Feature~V19204~The Gangster~thegangster]] and the boorish Tom Buchanan in the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby. One of his better film assignments of the 1950s was as the Howard Hawks-style movie director in [[Feature~V3706~The Bad and the Beautiful~thebadandthebeautiful]] (1952). Sullivan continued appearing in movie roles of varying importance until 1978. A frequent visitor to television, Barry Sullivan starred as Sheriff Pat Garrett in the 1960s Western series [[Feature~V112643~The Tall Man~tallmanriding]], and was seen as the hateful patriarch Marcus Hubbard in a 1972 PBS production of [[Performer~P161219~Lillian Hellman~lillianhellman]]'s [[Feature~V83795~Another Part of the Forest~anotherpartoftheforest]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi