Douglas Barr – The Worst Actor I Have Ever Seen

The 80’s will never be known as television’s finest hour.   Sure there were some legendary shows like The Cosby Show, Night Court, and my favorite 80’s show Sledge Hammer.   But those were sitcoms.   I think the real evil of 80’s TV lay in the crappy hour long shows.

Nostalgia might make you want to forgive some shows like the A-Team and Knight Rider.   But the only show that gets a pass is Miami Vice, and that’s because I say so.   I loved that show as a kid.   Personally I hated shows like The Dukes of Hazard and TJ Hooker (Nothing against Shatner, the man’s a genius and a national treasure).   But the show I hated most was the campy, predictable and stupidest show on television, The Fall Guy.

For those who don’t remember, The Fall Guy was Lee Majors comeback to television after The Six Million Dollar Man.   The show centered around the life of a stuntman/bounty hunter, which must have sounded fascinating to rednecks around the country.   Colt Seavers was his name (feel free to roll your eyes) and he drove around in a piece of crap pickup truck with an eagle painted on the hood for good measure.   He also wore a satin jacket that looked like he mugged a roller derby girl.   Hell, even Michael Knight wore a leather jacket, even in the desert.

Colt had two sidekicks. First was Heather Thomas (the less hot Heather on television at the time compared to Heather Locklear) who walked around with her shirt half unbuttoned.   And he had Douglas Barr, who unfortunately also walked around with his shirt half unbuttoned.

And this brings me to the point of this post.   Douglas Barr is the worst actor I have ever seen.   I must have been around 11 years old when this show came out, and I can clearly remember thinking that this guy was the worst actor ever.   I mean he was really, really bad, even by campy 80’s TV standards.   Mr. T was an Emmy winner compared to this guy.   Douglas Barr made David Hasselhoff look like James Gandolfini.

Watching Douglas Barr made me actually start thinking about acting.   I started noticing which actors were more believable.   Obviously there were stand outs even then on television.   In comedies I thought John Larroquette reigned supreme on Night Court, and in dramas I was blown away by the cast of St. Elsewhere and The Paper Chase.

I tried to find actors that I thought equated to the acting talent of Douglas Barr.   He was about on par with your average walk-on roll from a pro-athlete on The Love Boat.   Except for the one with the Harlem Globe Trotters, they easily out acted Barr.

Looking up Mr. Barr’s IMDB page I see he went on to star in other shows.   The Wizard, a TV show that was like McGuyver, but with a little person.   Yes, it’s was as bad as it sounds.   And he was on Designing Women, which I didn’t spend a lot of time watching, primarily because I wasn’t a 40 year old woman.   And I was happy to see that he not only did some guest work on The Love Boat, but also Fantasy Island.

It doesn’t look like Mr. Barr has acted much since 1994.   I can only assume he went on to be Jessica Simpson’s acting coach.


  1. To me Douglas Barr is one of the best actors ever! He acted the character of Howie Munson really perfect. But not only this role was great, he plaed every character I have seen absolutely great. In “The Unseen”, in “Deadly Blessing”, “The Wizard”… everything. He ist not only a great actor, he is also abolutely beautiful and sexy. Douglas, you are the greatest! Thank you so much for everything you had done!

  2. Ed can you edit your comments or monitor them? You have a bunch of assholes commenting and I’m over the frigid hags commenting about their cheating husbands on the hooker threads.

    • I moderate comments when they are off topic, overly offensive, or Spam. And of course if they just rub me the wrong way. If you don’t want to read the comments at the cheating husband threads, perhaps you refrain from visiting the thread, scrolling down, and reading all their comments. I apologize for the inconvenience .

    • Ok, you’re wrong on two points here. First, The Fall Guy and A Team were crap shows. Second, I would make a very handsome lesbian; attractive to everyone from K.D. Lang to Heather Graham.

  3. My god your suck… I was 10 when I first watch the fall guy, it was something I could wait to get home from school and watch.

    Now it’s 2012 and they’ve re-run the series on ITV4 (UK channel) and I can tell you now being I can’t wait to get home from work and watch it!!

    Yes sometimes the stunts are a little bad but it was the 80’s and watching them now it just makes it all that much better!!

    Personally I think if you were a 11 year old boy and didn’t like this series then you must of been a very depressed, lonely little boy!! Fact!!
    So many memories come back and i still want a fall guy truck!!

  4. really you dont actually have a clue what your on about , the fall guy was awesome , i agree with you woppy i cant wait to get home from work either and watch it on itv4 !

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