Unrelated to the syndicated humor columnist of the same name, Las Vegas comic Dave Barry appeared sporadically in film, though he gained the majority of his popularity in his eight-year stint as the opening act for Wayne Newton.
A Brooklyn, NY, native who began his career at the age of 16 on radio and throughout the Catskills, Barry also served as an entertainer in the Army's Special Services Unit during WWII. Kicking off his Las Vegas career performing at the El Rancho Hotel and later appearing in the Desert Inn's Hello America revue, Barry also made feature appearances in such popular films as Some Like It Hot (1959) and provided voice work for The Pink Panther television series. Also opening for acts such as Frank Sinatra, Barry would later take his act to cruise ships and the Palm Springs Follies variety show.
On August 16, 2001, Dave Barry died in his Beverly Hills home. He was 82.