This 1958 file photo of Gene Barry as Bat Masterson for TV show of same name. The always dapper Barry overcame his reluctance to take the starring role in the TV series when he found out the Western lawman had worn a derby and carried a gold-handled cane in real life. Barry also played other well-dressed men of action in the television series "Burke's Law" and "The Name of the Game," died of undetermined causes Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, his son Frederic James Barry said. He died at age 90 at a rest home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills. Barry essentially played the same character in all three series, which spanned the 1950s to the 1970s. Always fashionably dressed, the tall, handsome actor with the commanding voice dominated his scenes as he bested the bad guys in each show.
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