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Barry cast and characters – meet the stars of the HBO series

Our guide to the Barry cast list goes through all the key characters from one of the best comedy series, including Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, and the rest.

Bill Hader in Barry

Who is in the Barry cast? HBO Max has been giving us winner after winner when it comes to TV shows. But in the case of critically acclaimed dark comedies, few can beat Barry.

Since 2018, fans have followed the adventures of the hitman/aspiring actor Barry Berkman (or should we say Barry Block?). We have seen revenge, some bad play readings, and plenty of murder throughout one of the best TV series we’ve seen in years. Find out what we thought of the new and final season in our Barry season 4 review.

Still, despite multiple seasons, many fans may be wondering who the actors behind their favorite Barry characters are. Well, The Digital Fix has you covered. With the Barry season 4 release date bringing all of our favorites back for their final run, we’ve gathered all the intel you need to know on the Barry cast and characters. From their part in HBO’s best comedy series to their past credits, we have left no TV stone unturned.

Barry cast and characters

The main Barry cast list:

  • Bill Hader as Barry Berkman
  • Sarah Goldberg as Sally Reed
  • Stephen Root as Monroe Fuches
  • Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau
  • Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank
  • Michael Irby as Cristobal Sifuentes
  • D’Arcy Carden as Natalie Greer
  •  Sarah Burns as Detective Mae Dunn
  • Robert Wisdom as Jim Moss

Barry cast: Bill Hader as Barry Berkman

Bill Hader as Barry Berkman

Bill Hader plays our titular hitman turned actor Barry Berkman. Throughout Barry seasons 1 , 2 and 3, Hader has played the character expertly – weaving comedy with Barry’s feelings of trauma and depression. We have laughed, cried, and in Barry season 4, we saw Hader play the role with a new direction from behind bars.

Aside from starring, directing, and writing Barry, Hader has had a stellar career in Hollywood, working in several of the best comedy movies, TV series and some voice-over work. Having started in improv comedy, Hader went on to become a cast favorite in Saturday Night Live, where he played some of the most iconic SNL characters to date, including the incredible hand-wringing Stefon.

Past credits include the Pixar movie Inside Out, one of his best drama movies Skeleton Twins, and It: Chapter Two – one of the best horror movies born from a Stephen King book.

Barry cast: Sarah Goldberg as Sally

Sarah Goldberg as Sally Reed

Joining Barry in the quest for hitting the big time is the aspiring actor Sally Reed, played by Sarah Goldberg. Since the beginning of the series, Sally has worked as Barry’s guide towards a more fulfilling life, and over the episodes, has helped him to grow.

We have also seen Sally and Barry become a couple, and break up in season 3. The season 4 time jump later sees them married, with a child, in hiding. Over the seasons, as Sally becomes entangled in Barry’s double life, her pep and zest for acting and life slowly fades into something much darker.

Goldberg may have earned an Emmy nomination for Barry, but the star has been in plenty of other work too. She starred in the 2020 thriller The Night House, had a small role in the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, and was on the drama series Sisters.

Barry cast and characters: Stephen Root as Fuches

Stephen Root as Monroe Fuches

Stephen Root is one of the most familiar faces in Barry. Before he took on the role of Fuches. As Barry’s hitman enabler, Fuches is the closest thing to a father figure Barry has. And yet, he can’t stop bringing out the worst in Barry, and even sets him up on several occasions. Ultimately, Fuches just can’t bear to see Barry live a life without him, and slowly dissolves into a criminal mastermind and adversary against Barry all his own.

Root starred in some of the best movies in recent years and some iconic TV series, too. You may recognize him from one of the best Westerns of the modern era, No Country for Old Men, or the Jordan Peele movie Get Out. He has also appeared in shows such as Succession, Perry Mason, and Boardwalk Empire.

Barry cast and characters: Henry Winkler as Gene

Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau

To Barry, acting is his new life purpose after years of killing and depression. So, as you can imagine, his new acting teacher Gene Cousineau plays an important part in his development and the TV series as a whole. Henry Winkler portrays Gene, a man who finds his life unraveling after Barry enters it.

Between losing the love of his life and becoming disillusioned with his own career, Gene spends the series slowly descending into madness, depression, and finds himself with a lust for vengeance. And above all this, we’re still never quite sure if he’s actually a good acting teacher.

Before Barry, Winkler was already a major TV star, having played Fonzie on the hit show Happy Days. Over the years, he has starred in multiple projects such as Arrested Development, The French Dispatch, and he even had a role in a Scream movie. In short, he’s a legend of both the big and small screen.

Barry cast and characters: Anthony Carrigan as Hank

Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank

Probably the most entertaining gangster to watch, Anthony Carrigan plays the role of NoHo Hank in Barry. Despite being the leader for the Chechens in Los Angeles in season 2, Hank isn’t really a born criminal. Instead, he is upbeat, a bit goofy, and has a tendency to panic. He loves cute texts, a well-designed hideout (with plenty of amenities), and develops what he thinks is a genuine friendship with Barry.

Over the series, he goes from criminal henchman to a mob boss in his own right, and even falls in love with a nemesis from an opposing gang. While Hank doesn’t exactly have the happiest of endings, he’s perhaps one of the lightest parts of the series (at first, anyway).

Carrigan does also have quite a big DCU past. He previously starred in Gotham, and had a brief gig in the Arrowverse when he had a role in The Flash. As a standout member of the Barry cast, he walked away from the series with two Emmy nominations.

Barry cast and characters: Michael Irby as Cristobal

Michael Irby as Cristobal Sifuentes

Ah, poor Cristobal. Michael Irby plays the role of Cristobal Sifuentes, the leader of the Bolivian mob. At first the enemy of Hank and his crew, he eventually falls into a romantic relationship with the gang leader, though, of course, this doesn’t exactly go to plan. Cristobal is perhaps one of the most efficient character, since he actually seems to possess a sense of awareness and skill that some of the others lack. It’s a shame he had to go.

Besides Barry, Irby is known for his work on the Sons of Anarchy spin-off series Mayans MC. He has also had a pretty extensive career in crime dramas, having worked on Law and Order, CSI, Line of Fire, and The Mentalist.

Barry cast and characters: D'Arcy Carden as Natalie

D’Arcy Carden as Natalie Greer

Every star needs a rival, and in the case of Sally, hers is Natalie Greer. She’s another actor who also happened to ruin her reputation after sending a recorded confrontation to a tabloid. Carden plays Natalie in the series and is the perfect counterpart to Sally, and the two’s relationship continued to be spicy in Barry season 4 when she ended up reaching heights that Sally couldn’t match.

Besides Barry, Carden is an acclaimed TV actor and comedian, having worked on shows such as The Good Place, Broad City, and the horror series Creepshow. Fans may also recognize her from her role in the 2022 rom-com Shotgun Wedding or as the voice on several of the best animated series on screens such as American Dad, Archer, and Poorly Drawn Lines.

Barry cast and characters: Sarah Burns as Mae

Sarah Burns as Detective Mae Dunn

Detectives don’t have an easy ride in Barry. In fact, many get killed off. But Detective Mae Dunn joined the Barry case and was determined to pick up where her predecessors left off. Sarah Burns took on the role of the new detective in Barry season 4.

While Burns may not have starred in as many recognizable projects as her co-stars on this list, she holds over 69 acting credits to her name, having worked on titles such as Werewolves Within and Enlightened.

Barry cast: Robert Wisdom in the Barry cast as Jim Moss

Robert Wisdom as Jim Moss

Jim Moss is a crucial part of Barry’s downfall in season 3, after discovering that Barry was involved in the death of his detective daughter Janice. He’s a military man with experience in the world of psychology, which makes him a formidable force on the show.

Robert Wisdom is the actor behind the character, best known for playing Bunny Colvin in The Wire. He also had roles in the likes of Supernatural and Prison Break, as well as Face/Off and Motherless Brooklyn on the big screen.

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Everyone in the Barry season 1 cast

Below you’ll find the entire cast list for Barry season 1, from the main players to supporting actors.

  • Bill Hader as Barry Berkman/Barry Block
  • Stephen Root as Monroe Fuches
  • Sarah Goldberg as Sally Reed
  • Glenn Fleshler as Goran Pazar
  • Anthony Carrigan as Noho Hank
  • Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau
  • Paula Newsome as Janice Moss
  • D’Arcy Carden as Natalie Greer
  • Tyler Jacob Moore as Ryan Madison
  • Chris Marquette as Chris Lucado
  • Darrell Britt-Gibson as Jermaine Jefrint
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Sasha
  • Rightor Doyle as Nick Nicholby
  • Dale Pavinski as Taylor Garrett
  • John Pirruccello as Detective John Loach
  • Andy Carey as Eric
  • Alejandro Furth as Antonio Manuel
  • Mark Ivanir as Vacha and Ruslan
  • Karen David as Sharon Lucado
  • Dale Pavinski as Taylor Garrett
  • Marcus Brown as Vaughn

That’s the Barry cast! For more on the show, check out our guide to The Mask Collector and find out how Guillermo del Toro pranked Bill Hader on Barry season 4 set.

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