Barney Martin Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 March 1923Queens, New York, USA
Date of Death 21 March 2005Studio City, California, USA  (cancer)
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barney Martin was born on March 3, 1923 in Queens, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Producers (1967), Arthur (1981) and Seinfeld (1989). He was married to Catherine Martin. He died on March 21, 2005 in Studio City, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Catherine Martin (1942 - 21 March 2005) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (15)

Originated the role of Amos Hart in the 1975 Broadway musical Chicago (2002).
Lived in Rhinebeck, New York.
Was a New York City policeman for 20 years before going into acting.
Discovered for films by Mel Brooks, who cast him in The Producers (1967).
Once served as a stand-in for the equally hefty Jackie Gleason.
Appeared in many musicals including South Pacific, The Fantasticks, How Now Dow Jones, and his best known part, in Chicago where he introduced the "Mister Cellophane" number. *
Wrote for the Name That Tune (1953) game show and for The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956) in the 1950s.
Got into the comic angle of show business as a cop while adding jokes to various speeches he made for deputy commissioners.
Served as a navigator in the US Air Force during World War II.
The father of a son and a daughter. His daughter died of cancer in 2002.
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch)
Appeared in a 1970's television commercial for Post Raisin Bran.
Was on leave from the NYPD in the fall of 1957 when he appeared as challenger Jack Bothwell #2 on TV's To Tell the Truth (1956). He was also the associate producer of Treasure Hunt (1956), a TV show starring Jan Murray, at this time.
Is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
He was of Irish descent.

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