Fencing and stage veteran dies aged 91 – News Kidda

Jered Barclay, the veteran stage and screen actor who performed in vaudeville and had voiceover roles in TVs smurfs and Transformers, has passed away. He was 91.

Barclay died Saturday in North Hollywood from MDS Leukemia, actress Myra Turley, his longtime friend with whom he performed in the two-person play A seductivedirected by Harvey Perr, announced.

Also a director, photojournalist, and acting coach, Barclay began his nine-decade career in 1934 at age 3, performing in vaudeville with Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, and Sammy Davis Jr. At age 6 he became a radio actor and at age 12 he was traveling with the Clyde Beatty Circus for his theater debut at age 14.

After earning a BA in drama from the University of Washington, the Seattle native moved to Los Angeles and appeared in three episodes of Alfred Hitchcock presents, in Otto Premingers The man with the golden arm (1955) and in Lillian Hellman’s the children’s hour (1961), and he played John Compo in Roger Corman’s 1958 sci-fi fantasy film War of the Satellites.

As Jerry Barclay, he appeared in cowboy classics like: Rawhide, Bonanza, Cheyenne, Bronco, The Dakotas, Lawman, Colt .45 and rifle sling. In 1962 he moved to New York to act in two plays by Edward Albee, as Jerry in zoo story, directed by Eddie Parone, and as a young man in The American Dreamdirected by Alan Schneider.

In 1963, Barclay played Meff in James Saunders’ Next time I’ll sing for you alongside Estelle Parsons and James Earl Jones, and on Broadway he played Deuperret in Peter Weiss’ Marat Sade and Ludwig Max von Kupfer in John Osborne’s A patriot for me.

Barclay did animated voiceovers for Hanna-Barbera’s Foofur, The Little Rascals, Challenge of the GoBots, The Dukes, The Kwicky Koala Show and The Smurfs. He also played Cerebros in The Transformers.

From the 1980s, Barclay taught acting to Rue McClanahan, Dixie Carter, Johnny Depp, Liza Minnelli, Lily Tomlin, Patrick Swayze, and Josh Brolin, among others. In 1993 he became a travel photojournalist, covering all seven continents and 108 countries for 27 publications.

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