Barry Jenner (1941 - 2016)

Barry Jenner (1941 - 2016)

First Published: February 2002
Barry Jenner | "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)

Barry Jenner | "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)

Barry Jenner | "Dallas" (1978)
Barry Jenner, Debra Engle, Justine Bateman | "Family Ties" (1982) *
Barry Jenner, Debra Engle, Justine Bateman | "Family Ties" (1982) *
Barry Jenner | "Dallas" (1984-1986)
Barry  Jenner, Jaleel White, Reginald VelJohnson | "Family Matters" (1989) **
Barry  Jenner, Jaleel White | "Family Matters" (1989) **
Barry Jenner, Suzanne Hunt, Thom Adcox-Hernandez | "Popcorn" (1991)
Barry Jenner | "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)
Barry Jenner | "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)
Barry Jenner | "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)
Barry Jenner | Working Actor
Barry Jenner | Working Actor
Barry Jenner | Working Actor
Barry Jenner | Working Actor
Barry Jenner | Working Actor

Barry Jenner was born January 14, 1941 and raised in North Philadelphia near Connie Mack Stadium. His father was a factory worker and his mother was a part time waitress and homemaker. An only child, Barry graduated from Lincoln High School in Philadelphia and West Chester State College in Pennsylvania. His major was Political Science with a minor in American History.

After graduation, he headed north to New York on a bus with a bag of groceries and the name of a small rooming house on the upper west side of Manhattan. Soon, he was fortunate enough to get a job at NBC as a page. He worked on game shows, news specials and eventually became the head page on the "Johnny Carson: Tonight Show".

His first professional job was a summer-stock theater in Dorset Vermont. 'We did one show at night, while we built sets and rehearsed for the next show during the day. I was paid twenty dollars a week plus room and board. Sure, it was a lot of money, but I worked seven days a week.' Returning to New York after the summer, Barry got a job as a taxi driver in Manhattan, which meant a flexible schedule to attend classes and go to auditions. During that time he studied with Uta Hagen and Wynne Handman and did showcases and some regional theater.

Soon, an audition paid off and Barry signed a contract to appear on the NBC soap-opera "Somerset." After two years in that role, Barry was approached by Paul Rausch, the producer of "Another World", then taping down the hall at the NBC studios at Ave M and 14th Street in Brooklyn. Rausch said, 'How'd you like to come and work for me?' Barry answered 'Yes' and spent the next two years on "Another World."

Success in the commercial world built gradually, and during the coming years Barry became a dependable spokesman for many products including The Washington Post, T. J. Maxx, Hertz, Epson Computers and, in the early 80's, six years as the TV and radio spokesman for Nissan Trucks.

Barry moved to California in 1980 and began appearing as guest star on many network series, and the feature films, "Looker" and "The Boost." A recurring role on Lorimar's "Knot's Landing" brought him to the attention of "Dallas" producers and he was signed to a two year contract to play Dr. Jerry Kenderson on that hit series. All went well until the producers wanted to bring Patrick Duffy back to the series and decided that much of what had been happening was only a dream. Unfortunately, Barry was one of the characters that had to disappear when the dream ended.

"Dallas" however, brought enough recognizability that Barry made the national talk show circuit, including "The Merv Griffin Show". Also, he quickly became a favorite game show celebrity on shows like "Password", "Celebrity Doubletalk", and, his favorite, "The $100,000 Pyramid", with Dick Clark.

His next steady job came in the form of the rigid, bumbling Lt. Murtagh on ABC's "Family Matters." where he spent the next three years. 'Murtagh was great fun', says Barry, 'The straighter I played him, the more ridiculous and funny he became.' After "Family Matters" Barry spent two years as Sheldon Kramer on the sitcom "Something So Right." 'We spent a year on NBC, and then a year on ABC. The show was terrific, the writing was exceptional, and the cast, including Jere Burns and Mel Harris, was solid.'

Following that, (1999-2000) Barry played Starfleet Admiral William Ross on "Star Trek-Deep Space Nine." Admiral Ross was a multi-dimensional character created by the producers and writers of Deep Space Nine, and Barry confided: 'it was a great pleasure to play him for the last two years of that series' life.'

Barry also worked on commercial voiceovers and various shows for The History Channel. Additionally, he did a "Walker Texas Ranger" and traveled to Washington D.C. to complete his second episode of "JAG". Then it was a variety of roles on projects such as: "The Caretaker", "Thrillzone", "Defending Santa", and "Enough Said" to name a few.

'I'm a very lucky guy,' said Barry when we interviewed him for this profile in 2002, 'I've had a very successful career. I have terrific friends. I'm married to the most beautiful woman I've ever met and we have a wonderful home and enjoy traveling together. Life is good.'.

Sadly, Barry Jenner passed away on August 8, 2016, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from leukemia at the age of 75.

Barry Jenner's advice to the aspiring actor:

There are many easier paths to choose than to be a professsional actor. But there is no other career that can be so richly fulfilling. Be prepared: study; observe; train your mind and your body; read; absorb all you can about the performing arts. And don't forget to be patient with yourself. Most careers do not come in a flash of light, but build and grow gradually. Sure, we all want to climb the high mountain... travel to the far horizon, but the joy lies in the journey, not the final destination. When you work, work hard. Be the best damn actor you can be. Be proud of what you are and what you do.
~~ Enjoy the trip!

Barry Jenner's Credits
 2016/I The Caretaker

 2015 Thrillzone (TV Series)
John Cutler

- Scissors Paper Stone (2015) ... John Cutler
 2014 Blue Jay (Short)
 2013/III Time Capsule (Short)
 2013 Defending Santa
 2013 Enough Said
Crying Guy
 2001 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Dominion Wars (Video Game)
Admiral Ross (voice)
 2001 Air Rage (Video)

 1997-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
Admiral Ross

- What You Leave Behind (1999) ... Admiral Ross
- The Dogs of War (1999) ... Admiral Ross
- When It Rains... (1999) ... Admiral Ross
- The Changing Face of Evil (1999) ... Admiral Ross
- 'Til Death Do Us Part (1999) ... Admiral Ross

 1996-1998 JAG (TV Series)
Norman Delaporte / Captain Evans

- Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington (1998) ... Norman Delaporte
- Ares (1996) ... Captain Evans

 1996-1998 Something So Right (TV Series)
Sheldon / Sheldon Kramer

- Something About a Rocky Road (1998) ... Sheldon Kramer
- Something About an Ex-Goddess (1998) ... Sheldon

 1997 Mike Hammer, Private Eye (TV Series)
Johnny Palmieri

- False Truths (1997) ... Johnny Palmieri
 1994 Undersea Adventure (Video Game) (voice)

 1993-1994 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)
Rob / Bert

- Time Share (1994) ... Rob
- Giant Steps (1993) ... Bert

 1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)

 1994 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Frank Swain

- Silk Dreams (1994) ... Frank Swain

 1990-1992 Family Matters (TV Series)
Lt. Lieu Murtaugh

- Number One with a Bullet (1992) ... Lt. Lieu Murtaugh
- Farewell, My Laura (1992) ... Lt. Lieu Murtaugh
- Robo-Nerd II (1992) ... Lt. Lieu Murtaugh
- The Urkel Who Came to Dinner (1992) ... Lt. Lieu Murtaugh
- Stop, in the Name of Love (1992) ... Lt. Lieu Murtaugh

 1991 Valerie (TV Series)
Dr. Gary McCall

- Isn't It Romantic? (1991) ... Dr. Gary McCall
 1991 Popcorn
Lt. Bradley

 1990 Guns of Paradise (TV Series)
Judge Melbourne

- Till Death Do Us Part (1990) ... Judge Melbourne

 1989 Mr. Belvedere (TV Series)
Man #2

- Fear of Flying (1989) ... Man #2

 1986-1989 Matlock (TV Series)
Donald March / Mark Harris

- The Ex (1989) ... Donald March
- Santa Claus (1986) ... Mark Harris

 1989 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Prosecuting Attorney Loomis

- The Last Laugh (1989) ... Prosecuting Attorney Loomis
- Ties That Bind (1989) ... Prosecuting Attorney Loomis
 1988 The Boost

 1988 Good Morning, Miss Bliss (TV Series)

- Summer Love (1988) ... Brian

 1988 Family Ties (TV Series)
David Campbell

- Designing Woman (1988) ... David Campbell

 1988 Duet (TV Series)

- The Candidate (1988)

 1988 Hunter (TV Series)
Lt. Larson

- Naked Justice: Part 2 (1988) ... Lt. Larson (uncredited)
- Naked Justice: Part 1 (1988) ... Lt. Larson

 1987 1st & Ten: The Championship (TV Series)

- Land of the Free (1987) ... Dave

 1983-1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Richard Larson / Kramer

- Fallen Angel (1987) ... Richard Larson
- Charades (1983) ... Kramer

 1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Dr. Larry Sanders

- The He-Man Woman Hater's Club (1987) ... Dr. Larry Sanders

 1987 Starman (TV Series)
Tom Kendall

- Fathers and Sons (1987) ... Tom Kendall

 1984-1986 Dallas (TV Series)
Dr. Jerry Kenderson

- Hello... Goodbye... Hello (1986) ... Dr. Jerry Kenderson
- Thrice in a Lifetime (1986) ... Dr. Jerry Kenderson
- Serendipity (1986) ... Dr. Jerry Kenderson
- J.R. Rising (1986) ... Dr. Jerry Kenderson
- Nothing's Ever Perfect (1986) ... Dr. Jerry Kenderson

 1986 If Tomorrow Comes (TV Mini-Series)

- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Zeller

 1985 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Wes Fowler

- The Secret (1985) ... Wes Fowler

 1985 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Warden Latham

- Reunion at Alcatraz (1985) ... Warden Latham

 1985 Fame (TV Series)
Jim Laird

- Reflections (1985) ... Jim Laird

 1985 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Matt MacKenzie

- Episode dated 19 February 1985 (1985) ... Matt MacKenzie

 1984 V (TV Series)
Visitor Bridge Technician

- Dreadnought (1984) ... Visitor Bridge Technician

 1984 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Edward Lawton / Eddie Lucas

- Elementary Steele (1984) ... Edward Lawton / Eddie Lucas

 1981 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Jeff Cunningham

- The Surprise (1981) ... Jeff Cunningham
- Squeezeplay (1981) ... Jeff Cunningham (voice, uncredited)
- Designs (1981) ... Jeff Cunningham
- Man of the Hour (1981) ... Jeff Cunningham
- A State of Mind (1981) ... Jeff Cunningham
 1981 Looker
Commercial Producer
 1981 Fly Away Home (TV Movie)
Sgt. Downs

 1980 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Warren Keller

- Color Jennifer Dead (1980) ... Warren Keller

 1979 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Alan Rogers

- The Protectors (1979) ... Alan Rogers
 1970 Somerset (TV Series)
Tony Cooper #3 (1974-1976)
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Evan Webster (1976-1977)
THEATRE (Off-Broadway)
"Club Champion's Widow"w/Maureen StapletonDir. Bobby Lewis
"Put Them All Together"w/Marriette HartleyDir. Michael Kahn
"Yanks 3, Detroit 0, Top of the Ninth"American Place TheaterDir. Alan Arkin
"The Passing Game"American Theater PlaceDir. Peter Yates
"A Long Day's Journey Into Night"w/ Olympia DukakisDir. Opollo Dukakis
THEATRE (Los Angeles and Regional)
"Soljers"Dramalogue - Best Actor Award
"The Caine Mutiny Court Martial"Dramalogue - Best Actor Award
"Hedda Gabbler" 
"A Thurber Carnival" 
"Death of a Salesman" 
"The Desperate Hours" 
"Our Town" 
"The Girls in 509" 

 Photo camera Credits 
* © 1982 - NBCUniversal, Inc
** © 1994 - American Broadcasting Co.

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