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September 28, 1925 - December 28, 2017 Ben Barry, widely respected film distributor, entrepreneur and dedicated family man, passed away at home in Los Angeles. Benton Neuberger Jr. was born in Chicago in 1925 to Benton A. and Sadie Neuberger. At age 17 he served in the Navy as a radio operator in the South Pacific during WWII. He began his career as an announcer for WBKB Radio in Chicago on his own show, "Murder Before Midnight." He continued on the air, and then in management, for radio stations throughout the US, including KCSB in Liberal, KS, before moving into television distribution for UCC Films and Triangle Stations. In 1976 he founded Ben Barry & Associates for domestic film and TV production, sales and distribution, based in New York. He would continue in film distribution in 1979 as president of Gold Key Entertainment, a division of Technicolor, and then independently again. He was internationally renowned in the film distribution business. He was proud of his hard work and in the art he helped distribute, including the Sam Fuller classics "Shock Corridor" and "The Naked Kiss." With his wife since 1953, Maxine (Mimi) Barry (née Mindes), he traveled extensively throughout the world, to all the film festivals and beyond, rubbing shoulders with the stars and with leaders of the industry and the world. With charm, benevolence and wit, Ben touched many, treating everyone with respect and kindness. His sense of humor, honesty and playful ways were shared with everyone he met. Ben donated his film library to the UCLA Film & Television Archive, in one of the most generous by an individual. In his wife Mimi he found a soulmate; his life's greatest joy was in the family they built: children Clifford Barry and Cindy Simpson, grandchildren Kelly Jane Melkus (née Simpson), Ariella Cosette Barry, and Samantha Nicole Barry. He was grateful every day for all his family and friends, and for the wonderful life he got to live. He will be truly missed, always remembered. A private celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 5.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 3, 2018
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