Bernard Barrow (Actor)

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(12-30-1927 - 08-04-1993) Age 66

Bernard Barrow was an American stage and television actor. He was born on January 23, 1930, in New York City and passed away on March 20, 2013. He was best known for his work in the theater, appearing in numerous Broadway productions throughout his career.

Barrow was a founding member of the Circle Repertory Company, a theater company based in New York City. He was highly regarded for his work in the theater, and was known for his versatility as an actor. He appeared in a number of successful Broadway productions, including "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "Da," and "Biloxi Blues."

In addition to his work in the theater, Barrow also appeared in a number of television shows and films. He was a regular performer on the television show "As the World Turns" and appeared in the films "The French Connection" and "The Candidate."  Bernie Barrow's best known role was Johnnie Ryan, patriarch on the soap, Ryan's Hope.

Bernard Barrow was a talented and respected actor, known for his dedication to his craft and his commitment to the theater. He will be remembered as a great performer and a valued member of the theater community.


He appeared in the following episode of Radio Mystery Theater
Date Episode Title Plot
10/01/1974 0155 The Bride that Wasn't A young lady travels to the house of her betrothed to meet him and his mother. She is stunned to find that no one in their house recognizes her - not even the man who asked for her hand two weeks back.

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Bernard Elliott "Bernie" Barrow (December 30, 1927 – August 4, 1993) was an American actor and collegiate drama professor. He was best known as an actor for his role as Johnny Ryan, a publican and the patriarch of an Irish-American family on the television soap opera Ryan's Hope, on which he appeared from 1975 until the show's demise in 1989. He directed summer stock and community theater throughout the late 1940s as well. Before starring on Ryan's Hope, he played the role of "Earl Dana" on Where the Heart Is in 1969–1970, Dan Kincaid on The Secret Storm from 1970 to 1974 and Ira Paulson on The Edge of Night in 1974–1975. After his 13-year run with Ryan's Hope, he was cast in 1990 in the role of Louie Slavinsky on Loving and continued with the role even after his diagnosis with lung cancer. Barrow died at the age of 65 in New York City. He also appeared on Law & Order, Kate & Alli, The Rookies, Barnaby Jones, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, The Waltons, Rhoda, Kojak, Get Smart, Hawk, and others. He also appeared in the following films: Sweet Lorraine, Invasion U.S.A., The Survivors, Jane Austen in Manhattan, Claudine, Serpico, and others


Remember him well. First with Edge of Night, then Ryan's Hope. Very convincing and appealing actor and voice.


Bernie Barrow worked in film and television, including the daytime soap operas, the Doctors, the Secret Storm, the Edge of Night, All My Children and Loving, but is best known for his 14 year patriarchal role of Johnnie Ryan on Ryan's Hope.


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