Thursday, December 10, 2009

Obit: Gene Barry, R.I.P.

Gene Barry, star of Amos Burke, Secret Agent, has passed away at age 90. I've never seen the "secret agent" incarnation of the show, but I have the first season of Burke's Law on DVD, and it's an astoundingly entertaining series, driven almost entirely by Barry's star power.

Burke's Law debuted in 1963 as a mystery series about a suave millionaire playboy named Amos Burke who also happened to be a Los Angeles Captain of Homicide, who always showed up at murder scenes in his chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. The Aaron Spelling-produced series was notable for its witty writing, big name guest stars and the formidable charm of its lead actor. In 1965, at the height of the 007/U.N.C.L.E.-fueled spy-fi craze, the format of the series changed, and Burke became an agent for the United States government.

Barry also starred in Bat Masterson and The Name of the Game on television, films like Forty Guns and The War of the Worlds, and was a Tony-nominated Broadway performer.

R.I.P. Mister Barry.

1 comment:

Zokko said...

Very sorry to hear this. I may be the only person in the world who enjoyed 'Amos Burke Secret Agent'. While the early editions were clearly 'U.N.C.L.E.' inspired, the later ones showed improvement, particularly the two-parter in which fanatics plan to detonate an atomic bomb on American soil. I am sorry more episodes were not made.