Wednesday, May 9, 2012
15 Greatest TV Characters of the 1960s: Barney Collier
Portrayed by: Greg Morris
TV series: Mission Impossible (1966-73)
Occupation: Member of the Impossible Missions Force, the team's resident electronics expert, forger, and all-purpose handyman; also owner of Collier Electronics.
Lifestyle: Travels throughout the world; permanent residence unknown. Single, but has a son named Grant.
Family and Friends: Co-workers Jim Phelps and Willie Armitage are his most enduring friends. Brother Larry, a newspaper publisher, died in a season 5 episode. His son Grant eventually joined the IMF for the TV series' 1988-90 revival.
Trademarks: His slide ruler--he's holding it in his portfolio photo.
Hidden Talent: He was the Sixth Fleet boxing champ when he was in the Navy; the IMF puts his boxing skills to use in the two-part season 3 episode "The Contenders."
Classic episodes: "Death Squad" (Barney falls in love while on vacation--but ends up in prison marked for execution); "The Money Machine" (Barney hides inside a big box and makes it look like Jim can feed paper into one end of the "machine" and get printed currency out of the other end).