LOS ANGELES -- Gene Barry, who played lead television characters beginning with the western series "Bat Masterson" in the late 1950s and later on "Burke's Law" and "The Name of the Game," has died.
Barry died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Sunrise Assisted Living in Woodland Hills, his son, Michael said. He was 90 years old.
Hollywood Walk of Fame in his honor.
Barry, a versatile performer who delivered a Tony-nominated performance
in the hit 1980s Broadway musical "La Cage aux Folles," had suffered from
Alzheimer's disease for about five years.
His son called him a "very loving and generous father."
A New York veteran of plays and musicals who became a Paramount contract
player in 1951, Barry had more than a dozen movies and numerous TV
appearances behind him, including starring in the science-fiction classic "The
War of the Worlds," when he was offered the title role in "Bat Masterson."
He starred in "Bat Masterson" from 1958 to1961 and then returned to series television in 1963 as Capt. Amos Burke, the
millionaire Los Angeles chief of detectives on ABC's "Burke's Law."
His final screen role was in Steven Spielberg's 2005 "War of the Worlds."
Barry's wife died in 2003. The two had been married for more than 58 years and have three children.
Along with his children, Barry is survived by two sisters, a brother, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Gene Barry, Star of "Bat Masterson," Dies at 90
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