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Bobby Barry

Performer
( d. Mar 27, 1964 Englewood, New Jersey, USA ) Male
Relations: Brother of Lydia Barry
Mr. Barry, a sprightly little man, played in the Theater Guild's 1946 revival of He Who Gets Slapped and had a featured role in Burlesque with Bert Lahr.

Mr. Barry first appeared on stage with his father, Billy, in the popular Barry and Faye vaudeville act. In his teens, he played in Hogan's Alley with such success that he attracted George M. Cohan. He was one of the original "bad boys" in Foxy Grandpa and took over Mr. Cohan's role on a road tour.

By 1905, Mr. Barry was in Little Johnny Jones and The Governor's Son and four years later in Knight for a Day. He toured Australia in 1911 with The Girl in the Taxi. Then he played a legnthy spell in the Columbia Wheel, a vaudeville circuit.

Mr. Barry's longest run on Broadway, began in 1938 with Hellzapoppin'. The Barry family in show business included his brothers Billy and Frank and his sisters Emily and Lydia. There were also another brother and a third sister.

He was one of the few entertainers who started on the legitimate stage and switched to burlesque. He did so in the face of strong opposition from other members of the family. Mr. Barry's explanation was simple: "It buys groceries."

He bought a lot with the proceeds of Fugle Street, a bit that became the hit of Maids of America (1916), a Columbia Wheel show.

Fugle Street later aided Abbott and Costello and Joey Faye in moving ahead in show business. For six years Bobby Barry also played a boob caracter in vaudeville with enduring success.

Source: New York Times



Productions Date of Productions
Burlesque
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Bobby Barry [Bozo]
Dec 25, 1946 - Jan 10, 1948
He Who Gets Slapped
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Bobby Barry [Tilly]
Mar 20, 1946 - Apr 27, 1946
Hellzapoppin
[Musical, Revue, Vaudeville, Original]
  • Performer: Bobby Barry
    • Second Boy - Replacement
Sep 22, 1938 - Dec 17, 1941
What Ails You?
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Bobby Barry
Nov 18, 1912 - Dec 1912
Mama's Baby Boy
[Musical, Farce, Original]
  • Starring: Bobby Barry [Jack North]
May 25, 1912 - Jun 01, 1912
Foxy Grandpa
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Bobby Barry [Bunt]
Feb 17, 1902 - May 31, 1902
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