89 (passed away Feb. 2nd, 2008)
Jun. 10th, 1918
London, England, UK
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Born in London's East End, Barry's career began when he won a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 15. Upon graduation, he followed with successful stage runs in London's West End and in theatrical productions throughout the United Kingdom, and appeared on the BBC's earliest live television broadcasts in the late 1930s. Barry relocated to Canada in the early 1950s, working in live theatre, on CBC Radio, and in the premiere CBC-TV broadcasts. While a staple in many of the anthology and dramatic series of the 1950s and 1960s, he is probably best known in North America for his TV roles as "Lt. Philip Gerard" in "The Fugitive" (1963) and as "Prof. Victor Bergman" in "Space: 1999" (1975). A journalist once determined that Barry had played more than 3,000 roles on the stage, screen, and radio in a career spanning eight decades.
- Attempted to enlist in the Royal Navy during World War II, but a physical examination revealed he had tuberculosis which was caught in the early stages and cured.
- Born of humble surroundings, he claims he left school at age 14 to escape beatings by his teachers who tried to force the left handed student to write with his right hand.
- Maintained homes in both England and Canada. He died in London.
- The final broadcast of _"The Fugitive" (1963)_ (qv) made TV history. It was seen by more than 72% of viewers, a record that stood untouched until "Dallas" and the J.R. shooting some 13 years later.
- His meeting with 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv) at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts exerted a long-lasting influence on Morse's life and culminated in his being appointed artistic director of the Shaw Festival of Canada in 1966. He also portrayed Shaw in later years in one- and two-person stage shows. Wife 'Sydney Sturgess' (qv) was also renowned for her work in Shavian plays.
- Was offered but declined a cameo appearance in the role of "Samuel Gerard"'s father in the motion picture version of _"The Fugitive" (1963)_ (qv).
- Performed his one-man play "Merely Players" in order to help establish a show-business retirement home in Toronto.
- Father of 'Hayward Morse' (qv), 'Melanie Morse MacQuarrie' (qv), and Barry Richard Charles Morse.
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