Thursday, December 10, 2009

Burke's Law

Gene Barry


One of the coolest guys on TV when I was a little nipper. (pre-James Bond)

LOS ANGELES – Gene Barry, who played the well-dressed man of action in the television series "Bat Masterson," "Burke's Law" and "The Name of the Game," has died at age 90 of unknown causes, his son said Thursday.

Gene Barry essentially played the same character in all three series, which spanned the 1950s to the 1970s. Always fashionably dressed, the tall, handsome actor with the commanding voice dominated his scenes as he bested the bad guys in each show.

In the first of the three, the Western "Bat Masterson," he was a frontier dandy who rarely resorted to gunplay, choosing instead to beat his rivals senseless with a gold-handled cane.

Another of his TV roles was the always cool Burke's Law. 

This is the first episode of the first season. Series ran from 1961 to 1966.

"Who Killed Holly Howard?"