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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 10 June 1918London, England, UK
Date of Death 2 February 2008London, England, UK
Birth NameHerbert Morse
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anthony Wynn

Spouse (1)

Sydney Sturgess (26 March 1939 - 30 September 1999) (her death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Known for his ability to mimic various foreign accents

Trivia (18)

Father of Hayward Morse, Melanie Morse MacQuarrie, and Barry Richard Charles Morse.
Sometimes referred to as the "CBC Test Pattern" due to his frequency on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programming.
Following his debut in the classic television series The Fugitive (1963) as Lt. Gerard - the relentless pursuer of the falsely accused Dr. Richard Kimble - he was given the moniker "The most hated man in America."
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.
Was offered but declined a cameo appearance in the role of "Samuel Gerard"'s father in the motion picture version of The Fugitive (1963).
Father-in-law of Don MacQuarrie.
His meeting with George Bernard Shaw 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 was also renowned for her work in Shavian plays.
Maintained homes in both England and Canada. He died in London.
The final broadcast of The Fugitive (1963) 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.
Tommy Lee Jones assumed Morse's Lt. Gerard role when the TV series was adapted into a full-length feature film starring Harrison Ford. Jones won an Oscar for "supporting actor".
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.
Was working as a messenger when he happened upon a public performance by students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He later attended the school from 1935 to 1937 on a full scholarship.
Performed his one-man play "Merely Players" in order to help establish a show-business retirement home in Toronto.
His character, Lt. Philip Gerard, actually appeared in only 37 of the episodes of The Fugitive (1963).
His friend and co-author of his autobiography, Robert E. Wood, said: "Little old ladies would come up to him in airports and whack at him with their purses, shouting, 'Why didn't you leave that man alone?".
He made guest appearances on both The Twilight Zone (1959) and The Twilight Zone (1985).
Release of his autobiography, "Remember with Advantages: Chasing 'The Fugitive' and Other Stories From an Actor's Life" by Barry with Robert E. Wood and Anthony Wynn.
Read Victor Hugo's Les Miserables when he was told that it had inspired The Fugitive. This helped him model his portrayal of Lt. Gerard after his inspiration, Inspector Javert.

Personal Quotes (3)

The whole of my career, such as it has been, has been an attempt to explore and enlarge whatever natural gifts I may have, and by the day-to-day practice of those natural gifts, to try to expand and polish them. I like investigating and, if possible, creating, or least examining, all sorts of human characteristics. To that extent, my favorite role is always the next one.
Of his role as "Lt. Gerard" on TV's The Fugitive (1963): I grew very used to having elderly ladies thrash at me with their handbags and say 'You rotten mean man! Why don't you leave that nice doctor alone?'.
[on live radio drama] Sometimes you had to die more slowly or more quickly, depending on how much time was left.

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