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Barry Dennen was born in Chicago on February 22nd 1938 and is best known for his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in both the original Broadway production, and the Universal® movie of Jesus Christ Superstar. His career as an entertainer has encompassed stage, television, film, opera, radio, recording and even cartoon voice-over work. He is an acclaimed author, and continues to write screenplays. He can also claim the unique distinction of being responsible for devising and directing the historic nightclub debut act of Barbra Streisand, who was his girlfriend at the time in New York City. Their relationship and his influence on her early career are lovingly documented in his book, "My Life With Barbra".

Barry relocated to England where he lived and worked in London for fifteen years. During his time there, he was selected by legendary west end producer Hal Prince to create the much sought-after role of the emcee in the original cast of "Cabaret". After being awarded the prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Actor, Barry was invited by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to sing the part of Pontius Pilate on the concept album of "Jesus Christ Superstar". He returned to the USA in the early 80's to play Pilate on Broadway, then later reprised the role in Norman Jewison's much acclaimed feature film version. Since his return the USA, he has completed numerous film and movie projects. He was directed by Stanley Kubick in "The Shining" with Jack Nicholson and more recently played a small role in James Cameron's blockbuster movie "Titanic", as a praying man being hurried along by Leonardo DiCaprio.

In 2004, he returned to the stage with his old friend (sadly, the late) Carl Anderson in the USA touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He is currently very active doing voice-overs for vidoe games, including the voice of FatMan in the hugely successful video game Metal Gear Solid II, and Master Li in the recently-completed Jade Empire.

Barry is still very active, writing screenplays and is planning a new book.

Tending to the garden at his home
in Hollywood - June 2002


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Barry is represented for voice work by the
Los Angeles office of CESD Voices.
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and some Barry Dennen voice samples.

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