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Don "Red" Barry

"Red" Barry in 1979
Personal information
Birth dateJanuary 11, 1912
Place of birthHouston, Texas, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 17, 1980(age 68)
Death placeNorth Hollywood, California, U.S.
SpousePeggy Stewart (1940 1944)

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:For the serial, see Red Barry. For the comic strip, see Red Barry.Don "Red" Barry (January 11, 1912 - July 17, 1980) was an American film actor who got his nickname "Red" after appearing as the first Red Ryder in the highly successful 1940 film Adventures of Red Ryder; the character was played in later films by "Wild Bill" Elliott and Allan Lane. Barry went on to bigger budget films following the success of Red Ryder, but none reached the success of the Ryder film series.

By the 1950s, Barry was a supporting actor instead of playing leads in westerns; one more or less typical example of his work was as a black-clad gunfighter in a 1961 episode of the western television series Maverick with Jack Kelly and Buddy Ebsen called "Last Stop: Oblivion." On January 13, 1965, he appeared in the final episode of the short-lived Mickey sitcom starring Mickey Rooney. Barry was cast as a freeloading friend who had saved Mickey's life in World War II. Barry played a supporting role in Shalako in 1968 with Sean Connery. Barry played supporting roles in dozens of TV shows, particularly westerns. He appeared 8 times on the long running series The Virginian in the 1960s. He also appeared in at least two episodes of Michael Landon's Little House on the Prairie. In one episode, he was tried for burning down the Garvey's barn and for assaulting Andy Garvey.

Prior to acting, Barry had been a high school and college football player. During the height of his Red Ryder fame, he married B-movie actress Peggy Stewart. On July 17, 1980, he committed suicide.

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