Dave Barry, Las Vegas comedian who opened for big acts throughout his career, died Thursday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 82.
Barry (who shares the name with the syndicated humor columnist but is unrelated) spent eight years opening for one of Vegas’ top performers, Wayne Newton. He also performed with Frank Sinatra during his career.
Born in Brooklyn, Barry began his professional career as a comic at the age of 16. He appeared on radio’s “Major Bowes and the Original Amateur Hour” and performed frequently in the Catskills.
He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1940s and was soon called off to the Army during WWII, serving in a Special Services unit that entertained troops.
Barry began his Vegas career performing at the El Rancho Hotel and later starred in the Desert Inn’s “Hello America” revue. He did periodic stints in Hollywood, most notably as Beinstock in Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” and as voice talent for “The Pink Panther Show.”
Later in his career, Barry performed on cruise ships and in Palm Springs Follies variety show.
He is survived by his wife Ginger, one daughter and four sons.