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Don 'Red' Barry
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    (January 11, 1912-July 17, 1980)
    Born in Houston, Texas
    Birth name was (probably) Milton Poimbouef
    Portrayed Red Ryder in the twelve-part 'Adventure of Red Ryder' serial (1940)
    Also appeared in the films 'Days of Jesse James' (1939), 'Only Angels Have Wings' (1939), 'The Tulsa Kid' (1940), 'Frontier Vengeance' (1940), 'Texas Terrors' (1940), 'Wyoming Wildcat' (1941), 'Kansas Cyclone' (1941), 'The Apache Kid' (1941), 'Arizona Terrors' (1942), 'Remember Pearl Harbor' (1942), 'The Cyclone Kid' (1942), 'The Sombrero Kid' (1942), 'The Sundown Kid' (1942), 'Days of Old Cheyenne' (1943), 'The Man from the Rio Grande' (1943), 'Outlaws of Santa Fe' (1944), 'The Chicago Kid' (1945), 'The Plainsman and the Lady' (1946), 'Train to Alcatraz' (1948), 'The Dalton Gang' (1949), 'I Shot Billy the Kid' (1950), 'Train to Tombstone' (1950), 'Jesse James' Women' (1954), 'Gun Duel in Durango' (1957), Walk on the Wild Side' (1962), 'Apache Uprising' (1965), 'Bandolero!' (1968), 'The Shakiest Gun in the West' (1968), 'Johnny Got His Gun' (1971), 'Blazing Stewardesses' (1975) and 'Hooper' (1978)
    There was some controversy about his real name, as he claimed to have been born Donald Barry de Acosta.
    Although it was his breakthrough role, he complained that he was miscast as Red Ryder, since the character was tall and lanky, while he was short and stocky.
    He disliked the nickname 'Red.'
    He was billed as Don 'Red' Barry in Westerns and Donald Barry in other films.
    In the late 60s, he begged fans to contribute a dollar apiece to launch a new series of Westerns.
    After an argument with his estranged wife, he committed suicide by shooting himself.
    A reviewer said of his performance as Red Ryder, 'What he lacked in stature, he gave back in gusto.'
    He was nicknamed 'the James Cagney of Republic Studios' due to the actors' similar heights and pugnacious screen appearances.
    He made the list of top 10 cowboy stars four consecutive years (1942-45).
    Burt Reynolds and director Don Siegel were fans and cast him in supporting parts in their pictures in the 70s.

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