Barry Cahill
BornMay 28, 1921
DiedApril 9, 2012(2012-04-09) (aged 90)
NationalityCanadian-born American
Known forSam Powers
(m. 1968)

Barry Cahill (May 28, 1921 – April 9, 2012) was a Canadian-born[1] American film, theater and television actor, whose professional career spanned more than fifty years.[2] His film credits included Grand Theft Auto, and Sweet Bird of Youth. His television roles included The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, The Young and the Restless, Dynasty, and Santa Barbara.[3]

Early life

Cahill was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 28, 1921, to Stephen and Theresa Cahill.[2]


He portrayed Sam Powers on The Young and the Restless soap opera during the mid-1970s.[3] On television he appeared regularly during the 1960s through early 1980s, on such network shows as Rescue 8 (in 3 episodes), Perry Mason (2), Have Gun – Will Travel (6), Bonanza (2), Ben Casey (2), 12 O'Clock High (4), The Virginian (5), Mission: Impossible (3), Gunsmoke (4), The Rookies (2), Ironside (9), Kolchak: The Night Stalker (2), The Streets of San Francisco (2), M*A*S*H, The Six Million Dollar Man (4), Emergency! (3), The Waltons (3), Lou Grant (2) and Quincy M.E. (4).

Personal life and death

Cahill died on April 9, 2012, at the age of 90.[2] For 43 years he was married to actress Rachel Ames.[3] He had a daughter, Christine; step-daughter Susan; and two grandchildren, Jocelyn and Marc.[2]


Selected Television

Year Title Role Notes
1957 Have Gun - Will Travel Abe Talltree Episode "The Outlaw"
1957 Have Gun - Will Travel Guard Episode "The Bride"
1957 Have Gun - Will Travel Sgt. Combs Episode "The Yuma Treasure"
1958 Have Gun - Will Travel Tom Episode "A Sense of Justice"
1959 Wanted Dead or Alive Deputy Episode "Twelve Hours to Crazy Horse"
1960 Have Gun - Will Travel Aaron Bell Season 3, Episode 21 "The Night the Town Died"
1961 Death Valley Days Sergeant Episode "The Red Petticoat"
1961 Have Gun - Will Travel Deputy Ed Perrell Episode"The Hanging of Aaron Gibbs"


  1. ^ Duffin, Allan T.; Matheis, Paul (2005). The 12 O'Clock High Logbook: The Unofficial History of the Novel, Motion Picture, and TV Series. BearManor Media. p. 299. ISBN 9781593930332. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Barry Cahill obituary". Los Angeles Times. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  3. ^ a b c "Barry Cahill Dead at 90; Y&R Actor, Husband of Rachel Ames". We Love Soaps. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-21.