Western Actor Don Red Barry

Celebrity Q&A
on May 17, 2013

Please tell me about one of my favorite Western stars, Don Red Barry.
—Dave House, Steele, Mo.

Born in Houston, Texas, Barry began working in films in the 1930s and picked up his nickname in the 1940 serial “Adventures of Red Ryder.” He starred in dozens of Westerns in the 1940s and ’50s and also filled supporting roles in “The Purple Heart,” “Seven Men From Now,” “Alvarez Kelly” and “Shalako.” He was a guest on dozens of TV series, including “Maverick,” “The Virginian,” “Batman,” “Ironside” and “Little House on the Prairie.” Barry died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1980 at the age of 68.

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