Barry wears several hats: actor, director, producer and teacher. Hailing from Lancaster, PA, and best known for his portrayal of “Doody” in Paramount’s iconic hit film, GREASE, he began his professional acting career at the tender age of 11 years old co-starring as Randolph McAfee in the original Broadway production of BYE BYE BIRDIE. Since then he’s not looked back. Hardly stopping to take a deep breath, his varied career has taken him these last 61+ years from stage to TV to film, as an actor, producer, director, and, since 2014, to working with Joey Travolta (one of John’s older brothers) teaching film arts to special needs communities all across the country via Joey’s Inclusion Film Company.
Barry and I talk about the process of booking the role of Doody, his inspirations, and his advice for young actors.