- Birth name:
- Randal Barry Orton
- Date of Birth:
- 28 May 1958 Amarillo, Texas, USA
- 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Born May 28th, 1958 in Amarillo, Texas, Randal 'Barry' Orton, arrived in Kansas City, Mo. three days later with his mother, Rita, at the wheel of the car. This served as an early sample of what life would hold for the newborn, Barry, as his father, Bob Orton Sr., 'The Big O' was a professional wrestler and the family rarely spent more than a few years in any one geographical region. On February 9, 1964 in their Tampa, Florida living room, Barry and his family watched with millions of other Americans as The Beatles made their U.S. debut on _"Ed Sullivan Show, The" (1955)_. That proved to be a defining moment for our subject, cementing his aspirations of working in the performing arts.On his 6th birthday, Barry chose a guitar over a rowboat. His first play followed when he played 'Old King Cole' in a first grade production of Mother Goose. Playing his first nightclub gig at age 13, Barry, went on to play in several prominent club bands across the country. In 1976 after being disappointed by a "near miss" record deal, he found himself once again in Tampa, Florida, this time being trained by his father and brother, "The Ace" Cowboy Bob Orton, to follow in his family's footsteps into the world of professional wrestling. This initiated an inner struggle which saw him rebound between the worlds of wrestling and rock & roll for the next decade and a half. In 1991, Barry landed the role of 'Wild Thing' in the local Vegas TV show 'Vegas Rocks.' This led to a local commercial and an (uncredited) part in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992).After struggling with inner demons and the music industry for the next several years, Barry resurfaced as a serious pupil in the craft of acting. After Killer's Mind (1999) as a ritual to signify new beginnings and to remove himself from "the shadows", Barry redefined his identity by adopting the name Barrymore Barlow, in part to honor one of his favorite character actors, Lionel Barrymore and in part because, "it sounds groovy." Following an overnight reign as World Champion in the now defunct WOW (World Organized Wrestling), Barry went to New York to study Classical Theater at the Robert Patterson Studio and was cast in several independent and studio features and shorts. He also found work in stunt coordination and fight choreography. He is currently working on a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas) and continues to pursue his career as a uniquely charismatic character actor.