Paul Bryar

Paul Bryar (born Gabriel Paul Barrere; February 21, 1910 – August 30, 1985) was an American actor. In a career spanning nearly half a century, he appeared in numerous films and television series.

Paul Bryar
Paul Bryar in Perry Mason 1958.jpg
Paul Bryar in Perry Mason 1958
Gabriel Paul Barrere

(1910-02-21)February 21, 1910
DiedAugust 30, 1985(1985-08-30) (aged 75)
Years active1938–1983
Spouse(s)Claudia Bryar
(m. 19?? – his death in 1985)


Bryar appeared in nearly 220 films between 1938 and 1983, although most of his roles were small in size. He made his film debut in the Harold Lloyd comedy Professor Beware. Some B-movies during the 1940s and 1950s like Jungle Siren, Lady from Chungking, Parole, Inc. and The Bob Mathias Story gave him the chance to play substantial supporting roles.

Bryar appeared in three movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock,[1] including Vertigo (1958), where he had an uncredited role as the friendly Police Captain who accompanies James Stewart to the coroner's inquest. The other Hitchcock films were Notorious (1946) and The Wrong Man (1956). He also appeared in a 1955 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.[1] Byrar was typecast as a policeman in numerous other films,[2] including Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and some Bowery Boys films. Bryar also played bartenders, district attorneys, sheriffs, photographers and guards. He appeared in Charles Laughton's film classic The Night of the Hunter (1955) as a hangman and family father who feels depressed about his work. The character actor also played the card player who threatens the Sundance Kid in the opening scene of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).

From the 1950s until the early 1980s, Bryar appeared in about 150 television shows. He was seen in The Twilight Zone, Bonanza, Batman, Little House on the Prairie, Bewitched, The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Leave It to Beaver; Kung Fu and Hart to Hart. Paul Bryar also appeared in the first season of Barnaby Jones; episode titled, "To Denise, with Love and Murder"(04/22/1973). He had a recurring role as Sheriff Harve Anders in the short-lived series The Long, Hot Summer between 1965 and 1966.[3] His last role was a small part in the film Heart Like a Wheel, two years before his death.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to actress Claudia Bryar until his death in 1985. They had three children, including Paul Barrere, guitarist and singer with the rock band Little Feat.[4]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b Paul Bryar at the Hitchcock Zone
  2. ^ Paul Bryar at Allmovie
  3. ^ Paul Bryar at Allmovie
  4. ^ Google Books
5. Demetria Fulton previewed Paul Bryar's appearance in the first season of Barnaby Jones; episode titled, "To Denise, with Love and Murder"(04/22/1973).

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