RUSC Radio - 4th July

Barry Kroeger

Show Count: 3
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: October 16, 1912, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died: January 4, 1991, Los Angeles, California, USA

Berry Kroeger (October 16, 1912 - January 4, 1991) was an American film, television, and stage actor.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Kroeger got his acting start on radio as an announcer and actor, playing for a time The Falcon in the radio series and The Shadow. Kroeger was a regular as Sam Williams on the radio daytime drama Young Doctor Malone. He was discovered by filmmaker William Wellman while performing on Broadway and began appearing in films in 1948 with his role in The Iron Curtain.

Kroeger specialized in playing slimy bad guys in films like Act of Violence (1948) and The Iron Curtain (1948), a crooked lawyer in Cry of the City (1948) and a heavy in Joseph H. Lewis' cult crime classic, Gun Crazy (1949). His flair for decadent leering and evil scowls often led to his being cast in "schlock fare" like, 1966's Chamber of Horrors and 1971's The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant. He appeared in a small role as a village elder in Young Frankenstein (1974).

He appeared in dozens of television programs. He guest starred on seven episodes of Perry Mason, including murderer Edgar Whitehead in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff," and murder victim Kirk Cameron in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Illicit Illusion." He also appeared in shows such as Hawaiian EyeGet Smart (as a character spoofing actor Sydney Greenstreet) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. His last major film role was in 1977's The Demon Seed.

On Broadway, Kroeger portrayed the High Lama in the ill-fated 1956 musical adaptation of Lost Horizon entitled Shangri-La.

On January 4, 1991, Berry Kroeger died of kidney failure.

Source: Wikipedia

Falcon, TheFalcon, The
Show Count: 92
Broadcast History: 10 April 1943 to 29 December 1943, 3 July 1945 to 30 April 1950, 7 May 1950 to 14 September 1952 and 5 January 1953 to 27 November 1954
Cast: Barry Kroeger, James Meighan, Les Tremayne, Les Damon, George Petrie, Charles Webster
Director: Stuart Buchanan, Richard Lewis, Carlo De Angelo
Producer: Bernard L Schubert
The Falcon was a very popular and highly successful series enjoying a long run from 1943 until 1954. Its eleven-year run was full of mysteries and thrills with listeners tuning in each week to find out how The Falcon would solve the next problem and face the criminals.
Broadcast: 4th June 1946
Added: Jul 12 2013
Broadcast: 15th September 1975
Added: Oct 19 2013