Actor Dan Barton dies at 88

Specialized in narration and voiceover for past two decades

Dan Barton, an actor and self-proclaimed lifelong Democrat who segued into voiceover work for Republican politicians, died Dec. 13 in Sherman Oaks from heart failure and kidney disease. He was 88.

For the past two decades, Barton did narration in documentaries and commercials for companies such as Northrup Aviation and Nike. He also served as the radio and television voice of many political messages for office seekers including prominent Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elizabeth Dole.

Barton, a Democrat, once admitted that like all actors, he was sometimes forced to play roles with which he heartily disagreed.

In the late 1940s, Barton appeared in the road company of the Broadway stage production of "Mr. Roberts" alongside Cliff Robertson, Lee Van Cleef and Brian Keith.

After a move to Los Angeles, he worked on TV shows including "Playhouse 90," "Zane Grey Theater," "Bonanza," "The F.B.I.," "Ironside," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Rockford Files" and "Battlestar Galactica."

Barton is survived by two children from his marriage to actress Anne Henderson, Steve Barton and Susan Berman; granddaughter Julia McAnuff; brother Walter Berman; and by his current wife, Gyl Roland, the daughter of actors Gilbert Roland and Constance Bennett. Services were pending.