Tuesday, December 15, 2009

RIP Dan Barton

Actor Dan Barton died Sunday, December 13, in Sherman Oaks, California, at the age of 88.

Barton, who had been ill for several months, died of heart failure and kidney disease.Barton started his acting career as a teenager in the 1930s on Skippy, a radio series that originated out of Chicago.

During World War II, he became a member of an Army Special Services Entertainment Unit providing entertainment for troops in the European arena.

Returning home after the war he settled in New York where he appeared in a number of Broadway stage productions and met his future wife, actress Anne Henderson.

Barton joined the road company of the successful Broadway stage production "Mr. Roberts" appearing on stage alongside Cliff Robertson, Lee Van Cleef and Brian Keith. He migrated to Los Angeles where in 1949, he married Ann, who passed away in 2000, and studied with the noted German director, Max Reinhardt.

Barton soon began working in television appearing on shows as diverse as the highly acclaimed Playhouse 90 and the sci-fi Battle Star Galactica. He played in dozens of series such as Bonanza, Ironsides, Zane Grey Theatre, The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files and The F.B.I. For the past twenty-plus years he has been doing the narration in documentaries and commercials for companies such as Northrup Aviation and Nike.

Barton was also the radio and television voice of many political messages for office seekers, including prominent Republicans such Arnold Schwartzenegger and Elizabrth Dole, among others.

In a twist of irony Barton, who was a life-long Democrat, once admitted that like all actors he was sometimes forced to play roles with which he heartily disagreed.He is survived two children from his first marriage, his son, musician Steve Barton, daughter Susan Berman, granddaughter Julia McAnuff, his brother, Dr. Walter Berman and his current wife, Gyl Roland, the daughter of Gilbert Roland and Constance Bennet. Services are pending.

Born: 1921, U.S.A.
Died: 12/13/2009, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Dan Barton's westerns - actor:
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) - 1955
The Roy Rogers Show (TV) - 1955, 1956, 1957 (Ken O'Dell, Tom Allen, Grabbit
The Lone Ranger (TV) - 1957 (Tom Yeomans)
Cheynne (TV) - 1957 (Jim Ellis)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) - 1957, 1958, 1959 (Dave Maxon, Garth, Crower)
Trackdown (TV) - 1958 (Phil Ballard)
Tombstone Territory (TV) - 1958 (Frank Callaway)
Boots and Saddles (TV) - 1958 (Jeb Parker)
The Texas (TV) - 1959 (Pony Sloan)
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) - 1960 (Daniel)
The Rebel (TV) - 1960 (Frank Maggio)
The Virginia (TV) - 1963 (Tom Harrington)

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