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Atwater (right) in The Twilight Zone
May 16, 1918
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|💀Died||May 24, 1978 (aged 60)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.May 24, 1978 (aged 60)
|Other names||G.B. Atwater|
💵 Salary :
|📆 Years active||1954-1978|
Garrett "Barry" Atwater (May 16, 1918 – May 24, 1978) was an American character actor who appeared frequently on television from the 1950s into the 1970s. He was sometimes credited as G.B. Atwater.
Life and career
The son of the landscape painter of the same name, Garrett Atwater was born in Denver, Colorado. He served as head of the UCLA Sound Department before he began his acting career.
He was awarded a Special Cinema Award for television work in 1958.
He received positive notice in Variety for his role in The Hard Man (1957), The True Story of Jesse James (1957), The True Story of Lynn Stuart (1958), Vice Raid (1959), and As Young As We Are (1958). About his work in the television show Judd for the Defense, Variety wrote, "Barry Atwater succeeded in bringing some life and a peculiar believability to an impossible role".
By 1960 he had achieved enough stature to be named by host Rod Serling in the on-screen promo as one of the stars of the well-known CBS Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". Atwater made six guest appearances on Perry Mason including as murderer Robert Benson in the 1959 episode "The Case of the Dangerous Dowager" and as murder victim Dr. Stuart Logan in the 1965 episode "The Case of the Cheating Chancellor". A Variety review of the latter stated that Atwater played the part with "correct nastiness".
Atwater in the mid-1960s spent three years on the ABC soap opera General Hospital while he also made prime-time appearances, billing himself as G.B. Atwater from 1963–1965, a period in which he was cast in supporting parts. About his nine-month stint on General Hospital, Atwater said, "It was a good expierence and good income, but it got tiresome. Shows like that are written for women, and the men are all emasculated". By the late 1960s and early 1970s, Atwater was again scoring primary guest-star roles, particularly on fantasy and science fiction series, including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, The Outer Limits, ("Corpus Earthling"), Night Gallery and Kung Fu, where his altered facial appearance suited his grim and sinister countenance due to its menacing and intense appearance.
On the stage
Atwater performed regularly on stage throughout his career. In January 1958, it was announced that Atwater would be in a benefit performance in Passing of the Third Floor Back with the Episcopal Theatre Guild.Atwater also appeared on stage in 1965 in The Disenchanted at the Actors Theatre. In 1966, he was in the Edward Albee play Tiny Alice at the Ivar Theatre. In 1968, he directed and performed in the play A Slight Ache at the Hollywood-Vine Methodist Center.
Atwater's role as vampire Janos Skorzeny (pictured, far right) in the acclaimed TV thriller The Night Stalker (1972) made him a popular guest at 1970s fan gatherings that capitalized on the resurgence of classic horror during that decade. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times praised Atwater's performance, writing, "that gifted character actor Barry Atwater is terrific as the vampire". Keith Ashwell of the Edmonton Journal wrote that Atwater was "a prince among vampires".
Atwater was one of the few actors to play a character from Spock's planet on Star Trek: The Original Series, portraying Surak, father of Vulcan philosophy, in the episode "The Savage Curtain". Atwater could not achieve the Vulcan salute naturally, so when he bids farewell in a medium shot, he has to first lower his arm so his hand is out of camera view as he pushes his fingers against his body to configure them properly.
Personal life and death
Atwater embraced and attributed his career success to the practice of Zen.
|1956||The Scarlet Hour||Crime Lab Technician||Uncredited|
|1956||Man from Del Rio||Dan Ritchy||Uncredited|
|1956||The Rack||Maj. Byron Phillips|
|1956||Everything but the Truth||Arthur Taylor|
|1957||The True Story of Jesse James||Attorney Walker|
|1957||The Hard Man||George Dennison|
|1958||The True Story of Lynn Stuart||Police Lt. Jim Hagan|
|1958||As Young as We Are||Mr. Peterson|
|1959||Crime and Punishment U.S.A.|
|1959||Pork Chop Hill||Lt. Col. Davis (battalion commander)|
|1959||Vice Raid||Phil Evans|
|1960||Requiem to Massacre||Custer|
|1961||Battle at Bloody Beach||Pelham|
|1962||Sweet Bird of Youth||Ben Jackson|
|1963||Captain Newman, M.D.||Maj. Dawes||Uncredited|
|1966||Alvarez Kelly||General Kautz|
|1967||Return of the Gunfighter||Lomax|
|1969||The Thousand Plane Raid||Gen. Conway|
|1969||Star Trek||Surak||Episode: "The Savage Curtain"|
|1974||The Teacher||Sheriff Murphy|
|1974||Win, Place or Steal||Teller #2|
|1978||The Kid from Not-So-Big||Nickerson||(final film role)|
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