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Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan (August 29, 1912 – June 6, 1994) was an American movie actor who appeared in over 100 movies from the 1930s to the 1980s. Born in New York City, Sullivan fell into acting when in college playing semi-pro football. During the later Depression years, Sullivan was told that because of his 6 ft 3 in (1.9 m) stature and rugged good looks he could "make money" simply standing on a Broadway stage. This began a successful career on Broadway, movies and television. One of Sullivan's most memorable roles was playing a movie director in The Bad and the Beautiful opposite Kirk Douglas. Sullivan toured the US with Bette Davis in theatrical readings of the poetry of Carl Sandburg and starred opposite her in the 1951 film Payment on Demand. In 1950, Sullivan appeared in the film A Life of Her Own and replaced Vincent Price in the role of Leslie Charteris' Simon Templar on the NBC Radio show The Saint. Unfortunately, Sullivan only lasted two episodes before the show was cancelled, and then resurrected five weeks later with Vincent Price once again playing the starring role. Sullivan's first starring TV show was a syndicated adaptation of the radio series The Man Called X for Ziv Television in 1956-1957, as secret agent Ken Thurston, the role Herbert Marshall originally portrayed before the microphone. In the 1957-1958 season, Sullivan starred in the adventure/drama television series Harbormaster. He played a commercial ship's captain, David Scott, and Paul Burke played his partner, Jeff Kittridge, in five episodes of the series, which aired first on CBS and then ABC under the revised title Adventure at Scott Island. In 1960, Sullivan played frontier sheriff Pat Garrett opposite Clu Gulager as outlaw Billy the Kid in the western television series The Tall Man (although the series ran for seventy-five half-hour episodes, the one in which Garrett kills Billy was never filmed). Sullivan appeared in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) as John Chisum, but his scene was excised from the release print (though later restored to the film). He had a featured role in the 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man Book II. In additional to The Tall Man, Sullivan also starred in the television series The Road West, which aired on NBC on Monday, alternating with Perry Como), during the 1966-1967 season. Sullivan played the role of family patriarch Ben Pride. Sullivan guest starred in many series, including The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Reporter, The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, and McMillan and Wife. He starred in many Hallmark Hall of Fame specials including a highly acclaimed production of "The Price" opposite George C. Scott. Sullivan was consistently in demand for the entirety of his career. His acting career spanned romantic leading man roles to villains and finally to character roles. In his later years, Sullivan had roles in the films, Oh God with George Burns and Earthquake, where he shared scenes with Ava Gardner. Sullivan has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one at 1500 Vine St. for his work in television, and another at 6160 Hollywood Blvd. for motion pictures.

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Aug 29, 1912 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Green Hornet Strikes Again! 1940-12-24
Latest Project:
Series Backstairs at the White House 1979-01-29
Known For
Poster of Little House on the Prairie
Poster of Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Poster of Hawaii Five-O
Poster of Harbormaster
Series Backstairs at the White House Atty. Gen. Harry Daugherty 1979-01-29
Series The Runaways Unknown 1978-04-27
Movie The Bastard Abraham Ware 1978-05-22
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Movie The Immigrants Grant Whittier 1978-11-20
Movie Caravans Richardson 1978-11-02
Movie No Room to Run Garth Kingswood 1977-05-18
Movie The Washington Affair Walter Nicholson 1977-03-04
Series The Love Boat Phillip Shaffer 1977-09-24
Series Lucan Unknown 1977-05-22
Movie Oh, God! Bishop Reardon 1977-10-07
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Movie Violent Naples 'O' Generale 1976-08-07
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Movie The 'Human' Factor Edmonds 1975-01-01
Movie Take a Hard Ride Kane 1975-10-29
Movie Hurricane Hank Stoddard 1974-09-10
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie Earthquake Dr. Willis Stockle 1974-11-15
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Series Barnaby Jones Jason Craig 1973-01-28
Movie The Magician Joseph Baker 1973-03-17
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie Letters from Three Lovers Joshua 1973-10-03
Movie Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Chisum 1973-05-23
Movie Savage Judge Daniel Stern 1973-03-31
Movie Kung Fu Unknown 1972-02-22
Series The Sixth Sense Unknown 1972-01-15
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Movie Another Part of the Forest Marcus Hubbard 1972-10-02
Series Cool Million Unknown 1972-10-28
Movie LA 2017 Dane Bigelow 1971-01-15
Movie The Price Unknown 1971-01-02
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie Yuma Nels Decker 1970-01-01
Series McCloud Unknown 1970-02-17
Movie House on Greenapple Road Chief Frank Untermyer 1970-01-07
Series The Immortal Unknown 1970-09-24
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie It Takes All Kinds Orville Benton 1969-06-12
Movie This Savage Land Unknown 1969-01-01
Movie The Immortal Jordan Braddock 1969-09-30
Movie Night Gallery Dr. Frank Heatherton 1969-11-08
Movie The Arrangement Collier 1969-11-18
Movie Shark Mallare 1969-10-08
Movie Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here Ray Calvet 1969-10-31
Movie Stalked Narrator 1968-04-02
Movie Buckskin Chaddock 1968-05-01
Series It Takes a Thief Gen. Wiley 1968-01-09
Movie How to Steal the World Dr. Robert Kingsley 1968-09-18
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series The Name of the Game Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Garrison's Gorillas Unknown 1967-09-06
Series The High Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Movie Johnny Belinda Black MacDonald 1967-10-22
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie Poppies Are Also Flowers Chasen 1966-05-20
Movie Intimacy Walter Nicholson 1966-05-01
Movie An American Dream Police Lt. G. Roberts 1966-08-31
Series The Road West Ben Pride 1966-09-12
Series That Girl Unknown 1966-09-08
Series CBS Playhouse Unknown 1966-12-08
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Movie My Blood Runs Cold Julian Merriday 1965-03-24
Movie Harlow Marino Bello 1965-05-14
Movie Planet of the Vampires Captain Mark Markary 1965-09-15
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series The Loner Unknown 1965-09-18
Movie Pyro... The Thing Without a Face Vance Pierson 1964-01-22
Movie Man in the Middle General Kempton 1964-01-27
Series Twelve O'Clock High Unknown 1964-09-18
Movie Stage to Thunder Rock Sheriff Horne 1964-11-11
Movie A Gathering of Eagles Col. Bill Fowler 1963-06-21
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Movie Light in the Piazza Noel Johnson 1962-02-07
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Paul Sampson 1962-09-20
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series The Tall Man Pat Garrett 1960-09-10
Movie Seven Ways from Sundown Jim Flood 1960-09-25
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie The Purple Gang William P. Harley 1959-12-18
Movie Another Time, Another Place Carter Reynolds 1958-05-02
Movie Nightmare at Ground Zero Daniel Joyce 1958-05-15
Movie Wolf Larsen Wolf Larsen 1958-10-26
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie The Way to the Gold Unknown 1957-05-10
Movie Dragoon Wells Massacre Link Ferris 1957-08-28
Movie Forty Guns Griff Bonell 1957-09-01
Series Harbormaster Unknown 1957-09-26
Series Man Called X Unknown 1956-01-27
Movie The Maverick Queen Jeff Younger 1956-05-03
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Julie Cliff Henderson 1956-10-17
Series Ford Star Jubilee Unknown 1955-09-24
Movie Strategic Air Command Rocky Samford 1955-07-12
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Queen Bee Avery "Beauty" Phillips 1955-11-07
Movie Texas Lady Chris Mooney 1955-11-23
Movie The Miami Story Mick Flagg 1954-05-03
Movie Loophole Mike Donovan 1954-03-28
Movie Playgirl Mike Marsh 1954-04-21
Movie Her Twelve Men Richard Y. Oliver, Sr. 1954-08-11
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Jeopardy Doug Stilwin 1953-03-30
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie China Venture Unknown 1953-09-07
Movie Cry of the Hunted Lieutenant Tunner 1953-05-08
Movie Skirts Ahoy! Paul Elcott 1952-05-28
Movie The Bad and the Beautiful Fred Amiel 1952-12-25
Movie Inside Straight Johnny Sanderson 1951-03-01
Movie Payment on Demand David Anderson Ramsey 1951-02-03
Movie Grounds for Marriage Chris Bartlett 1951-01-12
Movie Three Guys Named Mike Mike Tracy 1951-03-01
Movie The Unknown Man District Attorney Joe Bucknor 1951-11-09
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Mr. Imperium Paul Hunter 1951-03-02
Movie No Questions Asked Steve Keiver 1951-06-15
Movie Cause for Alarm George Z. Jones 1951-03-30
Movie The Outriders Jesse Wallace 1950-03-01
Movie Nancy Goes to Rio Paul Berten 1950-03-10
Movie A Life of Her Own Lee Gorrance 1950-09-01
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Bad Men of Tombstone Tom Horn 1949-01-21
Movie The Great Gatsby Tom Buchanaan 1949-07-13
Movie Any Number Can Play Tycoon 1949-07-15
Movie Tension Lt. Collier Bonnabel 1949-11-25
Movie Smart Woman Frank McCoy 1948-04-30
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Framed Steve Price 1947-05-25
Movie The Gangster Shubunka 1947-11-25
Movie Suspense Joe Morgan 1946-06-15
Movie Duffy's Tavern Danny Murphy 1945-09-28
Movie Getting Gertie's Garter Ted Dalton 1945-11-27
Movie Lady in the Dark Dr. Brooks 1944-02-10
Movie And Now Tomorrow Jeff Stoddard 1944-11-22
Movie Rainbow Island Ken Masters 1944-10-05
Movie High Explosive Mike Douglas 1943-03-27
Movie The Woman of the Town King Kennedy 1943-12-31
Movie The Green Hornet Strikes Again! Thug in Car's Back Seat 1940-12-24