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Paul Bryar
Paul Bryar
Role Basil Koenig
Biographical Information
Birth Name Gabriel Paul Barrere
Birthdate February 21, 1910
Birthplace New York, New York, United States
Death Date August 30, 1985 (age 75)
Death Place Van Nuys, California, United States

Paul Bryar played Basil Koenig, owner of the driving school where Samantha took lessons, in the first season episode, "Driving Is the Only Way to Fly" (1965).


Paul Bryar was an American actor of film and television. He was born as Gabriel Paul Barrere on February 21, 1910 in New York City.

Bryar appeared in nearly 220 films between 1938 and 1983, although most of his roles were small in size. He made his film debut in the Harold Lloyd comedy Professor Beware (1938). Some B-movies during the 1940s and 1950s like Jungle Siren (1942), Lady from Chungking (1942), Parole, Inc. (1948), and The Bob Mathias Story (1954), gave him the chance to play substantial supporting roles. Bryar appeared in three movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock, including Vertigo (1958), where he had an uncredited role as the friendly Police Captain who accompanies James Stewart to the coroner's inquest. The other Hitchcock films were Notorious (1946) and The Wrong Man (1956). The character actor also played the card player who threatens the Sundance Kid in the opening scene of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).

From the 1950s until the early 1980s Bryar appeared in about 150 television shows. His last role was a small part in the film Heart Like a Wheel (1983), two years before his death.

Bryar was married to actress Claudia Bryar (born as Hortense Rizley). He died on August 30, 1985 in Van Nuys, California. He was 75.


  • Paul Bryar on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on April 12, 2020. Updated on April 16, 2020.
  • Hortense Barrere obituary, Los Angeles Times via, June 21-22, 2011. Retrieved on April 16, 2020.