A native of Philadelphia, Barry began acting during his college years at West Chester University, in Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Barry went to New York where he began his career on the stage, appearing in leading roles in Club Champion’s Widow, opposite Maureen Stapleton, and in Put Them All Together with Mariette Hartley. Along with Olympia Dukakis, Barry was a founding member of the innovative Whole Theatre Company where he starred opposite Olympia in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. He also received wide acclaim as the self-destructive pitcher in Jonathan Reynold’s hit play, Yanks 3, Detroit 0, Top of the Ninth, directed by Alan Arkin at New York’s American Place Theatre. Daytime audiences will remember Barry from the two years he spent as Tony Cooper on NBC’s Somerset, and the two years he played Evan Webster on the smash daytime hit Another World, also on NBC.
Brought to Los Angeles as a spokesperson for Nissan Trucks in the early eighties, Barry guest starred on Falcon Crest and St. Elsewhere before landing his first recurring role on primetime as Jeff Cunningham in CBS’s Knot’s Landing. He went on to a contract role as Dr. Jerry Kenderson on CBS’s series, Dallas, where for three years he had an on again/off again love affair with Sue-Ellen. With the growth of his popularity on Dallas, Barry made numerous appearances on television and radio shows across the country, including The Merv Griffin Show. He appeared as both one of the stars of a hit network series and as a national spokesman for International Guiding Eye, a non-profit organization that raises, trains and distributes cost-free guide dogs to the sight-impaired. Barry also made over thirty appearances as a celebrity guest on popular game shows including: The $25,000 Pyramid, The $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Double Talk, and Super Password.
As one of the busiest actors in Los Angeles, Barry also guest starred on TV’s most successful shows: Highway to Heaven, Simon and Simon, Fame, Hart to Hart, Hotel, Trauma Center, Family Ties, Remington Steele, Generations, Barnaby Jones, Good Morning Miss Bliss, V, Love and Honor, The Hogan Family, Duet, Hunter, Matlock, the mini-series If Tomorrow Comes, and the Movies of the Week, Fly Away Home and MacGruder and Loud. Barry also starred opposite Lindsay Wagner, as pilot Ben Zimmerman, in The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story. In films, Barry had a lead role in Michael Crichton’s thriller Looker, and played businessman Billy Conway opposite James Woods in The Boost.
In the mid-nineties, after making a guest appearance on ABC’s sit-com, Family Matters, Barry was offered a three year contract to continue his role as the bungling Lieutenant Murtagh, providing a comic foil for super-nerd Steve Urkel (Jaleel White). Finding a home in the world of comedy, Barry later went on to play Sheldon Kramer on another ABC sit-com, Something So Right, opposite Mel Harris and Jere Burns. Sheldon, a wealthy divorced father, cannot resist meddling in the life of his young daughter who now lives with Sheldon’s ex-wife and new husband. Sheldon’s intrusions result in many hilarious misadventures. During this time, Barry was also drawn back to his first love, the Theatre, starring in several award winning productions including: The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (for which he won a DramaLogue Award for Best Actor), Demons, an original play based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe (winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award), and the original drama, Soljers, (winner of an NAACP Award and several DramaLogue Awards). Between his contract series roles, Barry continued to guest star on a variety of popular primetime shows including: Valerie, Starman, Matlock, Silk Stalkings, Mike Hammer, Paradise, Walker Texas Ranger, Grown Ups, and several episodes of JAG. In films, Barry played the role of Lieutenant James Bradley in the sci-fi spoof, Popcorn, starring opposite his actress wife, Suzanne Hunt, and appeared with Ice T in the film Purple Heart.
Most recently, Barry spent two years playing Starfleet Admiral William Ross on the worldwide hit Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, opposite Avery Brooks. Admiral Ross is the commanding officer of the Federation forces that defeat the infamous Dominion Invaders and bring about galactic peace. Just in Time.
In Los Angeles, Barry has been a member of the professional actor’s workshop, Theatre East, where for over twenty years he has worked as an actor and director. Barry has also participated in Theatre East’s apprentice program, teaching and directing young actors in scene work and showcases. Barry is currently directing a major theatre production of Eugene O’Neill’s, Ah, Wilderness, at California State University, Northridge. Throughout Barry’s career he has appeared in over sixty television commercials and particularly enjoys his work as a voiceover actor on radio and television. Barry enjoys sports, especially tennis and golf and is a participant in many tournaments to raise money for various charities.