Barry Kelley (August 19, 1908 – June 5, 1991) was an actor on Broadway in the 1930s and 1940s and in films during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. The heavy-set actor created the role of Ike in Oklahoma! on Broadway.
Barry Kelley in The Asphalt Jungle
|Died||June 5, 1991 82) (aged|
The 6'4", 230-pound Kelley was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended the Goodman School of Theatre there.
Kelley began acting on the stage in the 1930s. His Broadway credits include Within the Gates (1934-1935), Parnell (1935-1936), Saint Joan (1936), Hamlet (1936-1937), The Wingless Victory (1936-1937), The Star-Wagon (1937-1938), Mamba's Daughters (1940), Strip for Action (1942-1943), Oklahoma (1943-1948), Loco (1946), Wonderful Journey (1946-1947) and Portrait in Black (1947).
In films, Kelley often portrayed cops or judges in films, including Boomerang (his first film in 1947), Knock on Any Door, Ma and Pa Kettle, and The Asphalt Jungle. (Another source says, "His film debut was in the 1948 film noir Force of Evil.") One of his best roles (for which he received third billing) was as the good-bad half brother of Joel McCrea in The Tall Stranger (1957). Kelley had an uncredited role as a police chief in the 1964 Frank Sinatra musical Robin and the Seven Hoods.
In 1959 Kelley appeared as Josh Teller on Lawman in the episode titled "The Outsider." In 1961 he appeared as Governor Johnson on the TV western Lawman in the episode titled "Owny O'Reilly." In 1961, he played Mr. Slocum, the boss of insurance agent Pete Porter, in 6 episodes of the CBS sitcom, Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams. In 1962, Kelley played Captain Donovan in the episode "The Parish Car" of the ABC drama series, Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly. He played the journalist George Hearst in the 1964 episode "The Paper Dynasty" of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days. In 1966 he played murderer Park Milgrave in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Fanciful Frail".
His last television role was as Sheriff Vic Crandall in three episodes in 1967 and 1968 of the CBS sitcom, Petticoat Junction. (He had appeared on Petticoat Junction in the 1964 episode: "Kate Flat on Her Back", as Hurley Feasel. In the credits of that episode his last name was spelled Kelly.)
Kelley died in 1991 at the age of 82 in Woodland Hills, California.
- Boomerang (1947) - Desk Sgt. Dugan (uncredited)
- Force of Evil (1948) - Det. Egan
- Knock on Any Door (1949) - Judge Drake
- The Undercover Man (1949) - Attorney Edward J. O'Rourke
- Ma and Pa Kettle (1949) - Mr. Victor Tomkins
- Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) - Police Sgt. Griggs
- Too Late for Tears (1949) - Police Lt. Breach
- Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) - William McCandles
- Red, Hot and Blue (1949) - Lt. Gorman
- Fighting Man of the Plains (1949) - Slocum
- The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) - District Attorney Melvin Pierce
- Singing Guns (1950) - Mike Murphy
- Black Hand (1950) - Police Capt. Thompson
- Wabash Avenue (1950) - Sam - Bouncer
- The Capture (1950) - Mahoney
- Love That Brute (1950) - Burly Lieutenant
- The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - Lt. Ditrich
- 711 Ocean Drive (1950) - Vince Walters
- The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) - Treasury Agent Johnson
- Right Cross (1950) - Allan Goff
- Southside 1-1000 (1950) - Bill Evans
- The Great Missouri Raid (1951) - Mr. Bauer
- Francis Goes to the Races (1951) - Roy Square Deal Mallory
- Flying Leathernecks (1951) - Brigadier General
- The Well (1951) - Sam Packard
- Carrie (1952) - Slawson
- Woman of the North Country (1952) - O'Hara
- Back at the Front (1952) - Brig. Gen. Dixon
- Law and Order (1953) - Fin Elder
- Remains to Be Seen (1953) - Lt. O'Flair
- South Sea Woman (1953) - Col. Hickman
- Vice Squad (1953) - Dwight Foreman
- Champ for a Day (1953) - Tom Healy
- The Long Wait (1954) - Tucker
- The Shanghai Story (1954) - Ricki Dolmine
- Women's Prison (1955) - Warden Brock
- New York Confidential (1955) - Robert Frawley
- Trial (1955) - Jim Brackett
- Accused of Murder (1956) - Police Capt. Art Smedley
- The Wings of Eagles (1957) - Capt. Jock Clark
- Monkey on My Back (1957) - Big Ralph
- The Joker Is Wild (1957) - Captain Hugh McCarthy
- The Tall Stranger (1957) - Hardy Bishop
- Gunfire at Indian Gap (1957) - Sheriff Daniel Harris
- Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) - Lew Agry
- The Buccaneer (1958) - Commodore Patterson
- Ice Palace (1960) - Einer Wendt
- Elmer Gantry (1960) - Police Capt. Holt
- The Police Dog Story (1961) - Officer Bert Dana
- Secret of Deep Harbor (1961) - Milo Fowler
- The Clown and the Kid (1961) - Barker
- Jack the Giant Killer (1962) - Sigurd
- The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Secretary of Defense
- Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) - Police Chief Oscar C. Brockton (uncredited)
- Rio Conchos (1964) - Croupier
- How to Murder Your Wife (1965) - Club Member in Steam Room
- Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966) - 'D.G.', Movie Studio Boss (uncredited)
- The Love Bug (1968) - Police Sgt.
- The Extraordinary Seaman (1969) - Adm. Barnwell (final film role)
- Hannsberry, Karen Burroughs (November 2015). "Tidbits of Trivia". The Dark Pages. 11 (6): 22.
- "Barry Kelley". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 13 February 2016.