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Leslie Barrett (born Leslie Klein; October 30, 1919 - June 8, 2010) was an American stage and film actor. He portrayed Judge Hanley at the trial of Victoria Winters who had been accused of being a witch.

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Leslie Klein was born on Staten Island, New York City on October 30, 1919. His parents were Cecil and Theresa Klein (née Leonhardt). He attended George Washington High School. He changed his name to Leslie Barrett in 1937. He had two marriages: the first to Diana Newman Barth, which ended in divorce, and the second to Ruth Livingston.

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Barrett made his professional acting debut on January 12, 1937, under the name Leslie Klein at what was then known as the Guild Theatre. He first performed under his stage name upon succeeding Billy Halop in a production of Dead End at the Belasco Theatre. Barrett appeared in numerous original Broadway productions throughout his career, including The Primrose Path in 1939, Rhinoceros in 1961, and The Dresser in 1981. In 1952, Leslie Barrett and Paul Curtis formed the American Mime Theatre. Barrett was also an accomplished Shakespearean actor. He joined the Shakespeare Theatre Workshop under the direction of Joseph Papp in April 1955. He appeared in Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It at the Westport Country Playhouse later that year and The Taming of the Shrew at the Walnut Street Theatre in 1974.

Barrett appeared on television as early as 1949. He appeared in 4 episodes of The Philco Television Playhouse from 1949 through 1953. In 1960 he performed in an episode of The Twilight Zone.

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