I was suprised and saddened to find out from People magazine's Passages section that actor Gene Barry passed away December 9th at the age of 90. With a career spanning over fifty years on film, television, and Broadway, he was well known for not only playing the lead character in the television series Bat Masterson, but also for playing the first murderer on Columbo, in the pre-series TV movie Prescription: Murder. That's an honor that really can't be taken away.
Sci-fi fans will recognize him as Dr. Clayton Forrester in 1953's The War of the Worlds. He later made a cameo in the 2005 Steven Spielberg remake with his co-star Ann Robinson.
In 1990, he reprised his role as Bat Masterson in two episodes of Guns of Paradise and The Gambler Returns: Luck of the Draw the next year.
Barry also made appearances on Murder, She Wrote and Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love.
Predeceased by wife Betty in 2003, Gene Barry leaves behind three children, Michael, Frederick, and Elizabeth, as well as three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Rest in peace.