BARRY GORDON began his professional life at age three, as a child singer and actor. He won second place on the “Ted Mack Amateur Hour” singing Johnnie Ray’s “Cry” (He still knows the words). At six, Barry recorded “Nuttin’ for Christmas,” still listed as one of the top ten best-selling Christmas records of all time.
When he was thirteen, Barry’s Broadway debut, in Herb Gardner’s “A Thousand Clowns,” earned him a Tony nomination for the role of Nick, a role he reprised in the successful film version.
Barry became a fixture as a character actor in feature films and television, most prominently as a co-star in the hit series “Fish” and playing opposite Carroll O’Connor as the lawyer Rabinowitz in “Archie Bunker’s Place.” Barry’s voice has been heard for decades as the Nestle Quik Bunny and as Donatello in the original animated series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” More recently, he had a recurring role as the Rabbi in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and his latest film, “Losing Control,” is currently playing in several cities nationwide.
On the local stage, Barry has appeared most recently in the Theatre 40 production of “Men of Mah Jongg." He is soon to be seen in the Hollywood Fringe Festival production of “Jennifer Aniston Stole My Life.”
In 1988, Barry became the longest-serving president of the Screen Actors Guild, holding the office for seven years — one year longer than either Charlton Heston or Ronald Reagan.
Barry has been blissfully married to his wife Gail for almost twenty years and has her to thank for virtually everything good in his life.