|Barry Morse, the actor who
plays Victor Bergman,
doesn't regard it as at all
surprising that he should be
whipped off to the Moon as a
British professor. Nothing sur-
prises him any more about the
profession which has provided
him with one unexpected turn
He has a habit of identifying
himself with long-running roles
without the slightest risk of
being typecast. He will
undoubtedly do so again in 'Space
1999' just as he played the ever-
pursuing Lieutenant Gerard in the
smash-hit 'Fugitive' series, and the
urbane 'establishment' figure Mr.
Parminter in 'The Adventurers'.
Remember him, too, as the
Canadian member of the re-
grouped former Resistance Move-
ment team in 'The Zoo Gang'. In
between these roles, he has played
almost every type of diverse part
into the bargain--from (believe it)
a belly-dancer to a black man!
The most surprising thing about
suave, personable Barry Morse is
that he's a genuine, within-the-
Back in the East End he can slip
quite easily into the old chat--
especially when he's visiting his
brother, and ex London copper. So
why do people tend to think he's
either American of Canadian?
"It's because I've always been a
natural mimic," he says. "I pick
up accents like a magnet picks up
metal." It was just this mimicry
that got him his first entry to
|acting. That, and his native cheek.|
He was an errand boy at the time,
delivering a glass-manufacturer's
samples for fifteen bob a week.
Feeling ambitious, he put on the
style and presented himself at the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,
applying for an audition! And
they not only accepted him, they
gave him a student grant of three
pounds a week! Barry's pro-
fessional debut came at The
People's Theatre in the East End,
in a play called 'If I Were King'.
His next step was to become
producer, director and star of 'The
Voice of The Turtle', on tour.
He went into films in a Will Hay
comedy--'The Goose Steps
Out'--side by side with another
newcomer. Peter Ustinov.
Very early on the TV scene,
Barry eventually went to Canada,
where television was just starting
up. He remained in Toronto to
become a producer, director and
actor there, winning the Best TV
Actor Award no less than five
He also visited America for
Hollywood productions, both
films and TV, with guest roles in
such series as 'Doctor Kildare'
("I was a Romanian drug-
sumggler!") and 'Wagon Train'
("A drunken Irish journalist, no
And, of course, he really hit the
international scene as Gerard in
Back in England to visit his
children, Hayward and Melanie,
Barry met Roger Moore, and
appeared in an episode of 'The
Saint'. Other parts led to his
eventual engagement as Bergman.
And this cockney who plays a
Professor? Well, it's not so odd. In
1968, Barry was lecturing at
Yale University's Drama