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Barry Dennen

Best known for his nearly 40-year association with the musical sensation "Jesus Christ Superstar," actor-singer-voice artist Barry Dennen has a multi-media resume.Dennen was born in Chicago on February 22, 1938; his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. After graduating from UCLA (where George Takei was a classmate), he began his career in New York City, performing in workshops and on the cabaret circuit while living with, and nurturing the singing career of, his girlfriend Barbra Streisand.After a couple years, Dennen decided to explore professional opportunities "across the Pond" and in 1968, shortly after relocating to London, he was selected by legendary theater producer Hal Prince to create the role of the Emcee in the original West End cast of "Cabaret." Barry's striking performance opposite Dame Judi Dench - preserved on the cast album - earned him the "Evening Standard Award" for Best Actor.While living and working in London, Dennen was invited by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1970 to sing the part of Pontius Pilate on the famous double disk LP of Webber & Rice's groundbreaking "Jesus Christ Superstar." A year later, Dennen co-starred as Pilate in the original Broadway production of the hit show, and again in Norman Jewison's acclaimed 1973 feature film version. (It was Dennen who suggested "Superstar" as the director's next project, while appearing as Mendel in Jewison's movie of the Tony-winning "Fiddler on the Roof.")Throughout the 1970s and '80s, Dennen worked in both the U.K. and the States, settling in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. In addition to sporadic film and TV roles, notable stage appearances include the ventriloquist's Dummy in "Ghetto" (Mark Taper, Los Angeles); the testy Headwaiter in "She Loves Me" (Ahmanson, Los Angeles); Mr. Wilson in "Annie Get Your Gun" (A.C.T., San Francisco); and the Major-General in "The Pirates of Penzance" (Santa Barbara CLO, Santa Barbara). Dennen created the role of Bertold Brecht in the world premiere of "Silent Partners" by Charles Marowitz at the Scena Theatre in Washington, DC; and in 2009 was seen as The Old Actor in "The Fantasticks" for Jason Alexander's Reprise Theater at the Freud Playhouse in Los Angeles.Over the years, he has reprised his role of Pilate in a variety of tours and anniversary productions of "Jesus Christ Superstar," frequently appearing with other original cast members (from both Broadway and the movie). In 2006, Dennen and his friends and co-stars Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman and Ben Vereen were joined by comedian Jack Black in a one-night only, sold-out performance at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre.The author of several teleplays and screenplays, Barry published his moving personal memoir, "My Life with Barbra: A Love Story," in 1997, sharing for the first time in his own words the fascinating background behind the nightclub act he created and directed that launched Streisand's early stardom.


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Born:
Feb 22, 1938 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
24
First Appeared:
In the series Batman 1966-01-12
Latest Project:
Series Mad 2010-09-06
Known For
Poster of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Poster of Avatar: The Last Airbender
Poster of Batman Beyond
Poster of Batman: The Animated Series
Filmography
Mad Unknown 2010-09-06
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Unknown 2008-10-03
Avatar: The Last Airbender Unknown 2005-02-21
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Unknown 2001-08-24
Batman Beyond Unknown 1999-01-10
Weird Science Unknown 1994-03-05
Animaniacs Unknown 1993-09-13
Batman: The Animated Series Unknown 1992-09-05
The Pirates of Dark Water Additional Voices 9 episodes, 1991-1993 1991-02-25
Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14
DuckTales Unknown 1987-09-18
Hooperman Unknown 1987-09-23
L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Adventures of the Gummi Bears Unknown 1985-09-14
Pound Puppies Unknown 1985-10-26
Amazing Stories Unknown 1985-09-29
Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Tales from the Darkside Unknown 1983-10-29
The Comic Strip Presents... Unknown 1982-11-02
Remington Steele Unknown 1982-10-01
Newhart Unknown 1982-10-25
Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Batman Unknown 1966-01-12