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Barry Rohrssen Movie Reviews: Glengarry Glen Ross

Today I learned new UK assistant basketball coach Barry Rohrssen is a former actor and film producer with four acting roles in his filmography, according to the Barry Rohrssen IMDB page. One of those films, Glengarry Glen Ross, grossed over $2.1 million dollars in its opening weekend back in 1992. It went on to earn $10.7 million dollars, coming up just shy of its $12 million budget.

The movie depicts two days in the lives of four real estate agents and the conflict that arises when a sales trainer is sent to the office from corporate, and it has a superb cast alongside Rohrssen, one that includes several Hollywood legends back in their younger days. Ever heard of Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Bruce Altman, or Jonathan Pryce? They’re all in it. And Pacino is as loud as always.

Rohrssen plays a much smaller role in the adaption of the Tony-winning play, which explains why he began his basketball coaching career one year later. I suppose he saw the talent around him on the Glengarry Glen Ross set and thought it’d be best to try another field: coaching basketball. He took his first assistant coaching job at St. Francis in New York in 1993, the beginning of a long career that has him coaching at the University of Kentucky over two decades later.

I set aside two hours of my Tuesday afternoon to watch the movie, not knowing how small Rohrssen’s role would be at the time. It wasn’t until about halfway through that I first saw Rohrssen as the “Assistant Detective,” a role with zero speaking lines, unbeknownst to me when I thought it’d be a good idea to watch it for KSR.

A brief rundown of his performance:

Barry Rohrssen in Glengarry Glen Ross

Character: “Assistant Detective”

On-Screen Time: Approx. 19 seconds

Favorite Quote: N/A

Best Scene: Door slam

KSR Popcorn-Rating:  (5/5)


Because I’m a good friend and website editor, I took every scene with our man Slice and combined them in the YouTube video below. I think you’ll notice one common theme in his scenes: Whenever he appears, someone slams a door…

Tune in next week when we review Rohrssen’s role as Vic in the 2011 romantic comedy A Novel Romance.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

17 Comments for Barry Rohrssen Movie Reviews: Glengarry Glen Ross

  1. Brandon
    8:03 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Hahaha. Nice post.

  2. FurdTurgason
    8:15 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Get them to sign on the line that is dotted.

  3. DrSayre
    8:22 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    The big news here is before Frank Underwood got into politics, he was in real estate.

  4. MHFaulkner
    8:23 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink


  5. Rick
    8:43 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    They misspelled his name in the credits. I’m a Willy Cauley Stein man.

  6. Blue Hair
    8:57 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Kevin Spacey is going to be the Y at the Pikeville game.

  7. Matt Jones
    9:04 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    I have pulled on my dong to this movie many times.

    • Kevin Slap Nuts
      9:35 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

      Let me tell you somethin’! Duh.

  8. MrGeorgel
    10:03 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    It’s back to Rossen (h/t ending credits)

  9. Hartline
    10:13 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    That video is classic KSR. Keep it up with those.

  10. Roy
    10:19 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Slice and Hopkins have some serious connections….

  11. Dong Key Haute
    11:17 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink


  12. becca63
    11:43 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Slice & Al Jarreau. Nice!

  13. Chicago Chris
    12:09 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    A small role, to be sure, but I bet surprisingly hard to get. For all we know he did have a few lines that were cut out.

  14. Coach
    6:34 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Maybe Barry Rossen was his stage name.

    • TAXman
      12:57 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Most actors with uncommon names change the spelling or the whole name altogether. That was definitely his stage name.

  15. Soda
    6:17 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    It should be “producer and former actor”. He is still a producer and has a film coming out this year.