Barry Gordon began his nearly six-decade long career at the age of three by singing Johnny Ray's "Cry" on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour, winning 2nd place (1st place when to an Italian orphan' choir). At six, he recorded "Nuttin' for Christmas," being the youngest performer ever to have a top ten record. "Nuttin'" is still listed by Billboard magazine as one of the top ten best-selling Christmas records of all-time.
At thirteen, he earned a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut as Nick in Herb Gardner's "A Thousand Clowns," a role that he later reprised in the successful film version.
Barry became a fixture as a character actor in feature film and television, most prominently as a co-star on the hit series "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Fish," as the lawyer Gary Rabinowitz, Carroll O'Connor's nemesis on "Archie Bunker's Place." He also recurred as Larry David's Rabbi on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." His voice was heard for decades as the Nestle Quik Bunny and he originated the voice of Donatello on the television animated megahit, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
Outside of show business, Barry's interests moved into law and politics. In his mid-thirties, he returned to school, graduated summa cum laude as a political science major from California State University, Los Angeles, and went on to Loyola Law School, graduating in the top five percent of his class. Putting his love of show business and law together, he became active in the Screen Actors Guild and ultimately became its longest-serving National President, holding the office for seven years - one year longer than either Charlton Heston or Ronald Reagan. In 1998, he was the Democratic candidate for Congress, coming within three points of defeating a popular Republican incumbent.
After a six-decade career, Barry has decided to turn to mentoring others and is currently a visiting professional, teaching acting for the stage, screen, and television in the MFA program at his alma mater, Cal State L.A.
Convention Guest Appearances
- Hill Country Comicon 2023 - March 4-5, 2023 in New Braunfels, TX 2022
- Retro-Toy Con 2022 - November 18-20, 2022 in Greenville, SC
- Emerald City Comic Con 2022 - August 18-21, 2022 in Seattle, WA
- Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2022 - August 5-7, 2022 in Chicago, IL
- Sci-Fi Valley Con 2022 - June 17-19, 2022 in Altoona, PA
- Fanboy Expo Columbus Convention 2022 - May 27-29, 2022 in Columbus, OH
- Fanboy Expo Las Vegas Convention 2022 - April 22-24, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV 2021
Fanboy Expo Columbus Convention 2021 - November 5-7, 2021 in Columbus, OHConvention Cancelled
- Unicon 2021 - October 1-3, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV
- ConnectiCon 2021 - September 9-12, 2021 in Hartford, CT
- Fanboy Expo Orlando Convention 2021 - August 20-22, 2021 in Orlando, FL 2020
ConnectiCon 2020 - July 9-12, 2020 in Hartford, CTConvention Cancelled 2019
- Michigan Comic Convention 2019 - August 16-18, 2019 in Detroit, MI
11 confirmed guest appearances