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Friday, December 11, 2009


Actor Gene Barry, star of the TV shows Bat Masterson, Burke's Law and The Name of the Game, has died. He was 90. Here is the Los Angeles Times story on his career. Some quick trivia for sci-fi geeks:

  • His character in the 50's movie version of War of the Worlds was named Dr. Clayton Forrester. That name was later used for the mad scientist on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

  • One of his most remembered episodes of The Name of the Game (the main characters revolved from week to week) was a sci-fi episode entitled "Los Angeles 2017." Based on a story by Phillip Wylie and directed by Steven Spielberg.

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