Barney Martin (March 3 1923 – March 21 2005) was an American actor. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, he returned to his native New York City and served as a police officer. He got his start as a comedian while still a police officer, writing jokes for his deputy commissioners' speeches.
Entering show business in the 1950s as a writer for Steve Allen, he was discovered by Mel Brooks in 1968, who cast him in The Producers. He went on to act in dozens of films, including the role of Liza Minnelli's unemployed father in Arthur (1981). On television, he was often seen as one of Oscar's and Felix's poker regulars in The Odd Couple.
In 1975, Martin originated the role of Amos Hart in Chicago. He appeared in many more musicals during his career, most notably South Pacific, The Fantasticks and How Now, Dow Jones.
Most of Martin's work has been in television, where he has had a long career as a character actor. He is best-known for playing Morty Seinfeld,...
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Arthur 2: On the Rocks is the much-derided 1988 sequel to the 1981 hit Arthur. Lead actors Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli reprised their roles.Billionaire Bert Johnson (Stephen Elliott), the father of Susan Johnson (Cynthia Sikes replacing Jill Eikenberry), the wealthy woman whom Arthur (Dudley Moore) jilted in the first film, takes control of Arthur's inheritance and Arthur is soon broke and homeless. Arthur the drunk tries to sober up to rise up to the occasion and tries to get a job in the process. Meanwhile, Arthur and his wife, Linda Marolla, (Liza Minnelli) are trying to adopt a baby. John Gielgud makes a cameo appearance as the ghost of the valet character he played in the first movie.The film earned $14.7 million in American ticket sales, compared to the original film's $82 million. The Washington Post opined that "the result is about as funny as the plight of an alcoholic." Liza Minnelli earned the 1988 Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Actress" of the year, by performing in
Arthur is a 1981 film which tells the story of drunken playboy millionaire Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore), who was on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). He is the heir to a vast fortune which he is told will only be his if he marries Susan. He does not love Susan, but his family thinks that she will make something of him. Arthur heeds to his family's needs and proposes to Susan but then meets a poor working-class woman, Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli) and falls in love with her. When his family threatens to cut off Arthur's inheritance if he does not marry Susan, Arthur asks his valet, Hobson (John Gielgud), to help out.
The movie was written and directed by Steve Gordon, based in part on the characters Jeeves and Wooster, created by P. G. Wodehouse.
The movie earned over $82 million at the box office in the United States, placing it fourth on the box office charts for the year.
Arthur was followed by a 1988 sequel, Arthur 2: On the...,
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