Barry Dennen, born February 22, 1938, is a Chicago-born actor, voice actor, singer and writer. He was featured in many theater productions, but is best known for his role as Pontius Pilate in both the original Broadway production and the Universal movie of Jesus Christ Superstar. He provided voices in two episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, first for GeneralSung, followed by an additional character.
Dennen was born in Chicago, Illinois. In New York City from 1960 to 1963, he had a relationship with Barbra Streisand, including living together for a year, during which time he helped her develop the nightclub act that began her successful career as a singer and actress.
He moved to London for fifteen years and in 1968, landed the starring role of the master of ceremonies in the London version of Cabaret. In 1970, he played Pontius Pilate on the album of Jesus Christ Superstar, and he played the same role in the 1971 Broadway production. In the same year, he played Mendel in Norman Jewison's film of Fiddler on the Roof. According to Dennen's website, he suggested to Jewison that he direct a film of Superstar. Jewison did so, and Dennen played Pilate again in 1973.
He was the voice actor who portrayed the Chamberlain SkekSil in The Dark Crystal. He has also done voice work on such cartoons as DuckTales, Batman: The Animated Series, The Pirates of Dark Water, Animaniacs and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Since that time, Dennen has had a variety of small parts on American television shows and films, including: Batman; Superman III; The Kentucky Fried Movie; The Shining; Galtar and the Golden Lance; Tales from the Darkside and Titanic. He played auto dealer Irwin Lapsey in Shock Treatment, the sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He has also done voices for many video games, including Fatman in Metal Gear Solid 2, Police Chief Bogen in Grim Fandango, Mimir in the recent video game Too Human, Dean Domino in Fallout: New Vegas expansion Dead Money and the Dark One in The Mark of Kri.
He wrote the screenplay for a 1985 episode of Amazing Stories titled "The Secret Cinema" and co-wrote a 1993 episode of The Comic Strip Presents... titled "Demonella". His 1997 autobiographical book, My Life With Barbra: A Love Story, deals with their relationship and with his gradual realization that he was a homosexual.