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Book Specs: $24.95 | Paperback | 6″x 9″
326 Pages | 43 Photographs
Black & White on White Paper | ISBN:978-1-943155-37-8
Pub Date: January 20, 2022



Deeply moving, insightful and inspiring, Raymond J. Barry offers readers insights into what it takes to survive a violent upbringing, to excel in sports, to be swept away by theater, and then to become a successful actor and a happily married man in a town and business known for decimating more lives than it elevates.

Barry is a workhorse of an artist best known for his immense body of creative roles on screen in such films as Year of the Dragon, Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Man Walking, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Made in Chinatown, as a regular on television shows including X-Files, The 100, Gotham, Justified, and on hundreds of theater stages. Between 1964 and 2021, he’s garnered an impressive 130 film and television credits, and hundreds of stage performances throughout the globe.

“Self-doubt was often the fountainhead of numerous mishaps along the way,” Barry confesses. “Pride was a large factor in my refusal to surrender, like a rhino charging a truck, again and again, not realizing the truck is made of impenetrable steel. Becoming an actor involves ‘free will’ to choose a profession and fully embrace the struggle that lies ahead; all the profession’s hazards, its entire package of part-time jobs, numerous failures, fear, self-doubt along with moments of absolute joy, blended with sporadic and finally consistent success.”

The essays in this collection were written over decades. They offer a feeling of unfolding without a plot, but the plot of course is the life of Raymond J. Barry, and this memoir reads like the pages of his private diary.

Never A Viable Alternative is more than the memoir of an award-winning actor. Here, Ray Barry digs deep and provides us all with a “Master Class” on what it takes to be a successful working artist and a solid human being.

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