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Barclay, Paris  (b. 1956)  
 
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The next year Barclay brought an adaptation of Richard Wright's short story "Almos' a Man" to the stage at SoHo Rep. The show was generally well received, but when Wright's widow read an unfavorable review in the New York Times, Barclay told Tom Russo of the Boston Globe, "she stopped us from ever doing the show again. We couldn't even extend the run."

In the late 1980s and the early 1990s, Barclay worked as a director of music videos and commercials. He directed music videos of such artists as Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan, New Kids on the Block, and, most notably, LL Cool J.

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Then Barclay moved to Los Angeles to pursue opportunities in film and television.

In 1996 he directed the movie Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, a largely forgettable comic vehicle for actors Shawn, Marlon, and Keenan Ivory Wayans.

Barclay continued his work in television, which generally consisted of directing single episodes of shows until 1997, when he joined the team of the Steven Bochco production NYPD Blue. Barclay won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in 1998 and 1999.

With NYPD Blue ending its run, Barclay worked with Bochco to create a new drama series with a hospital setting, City of Angels, which, atypically, featured a cast of actors who were mostly not white. It starred Blair Underwood and Vivica Fox.

Barclay stated to Tom Feran of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that City of Angels "was conceived and designed as a black drama with its primary lead characters black" but one that reflected American diversity with the inclusion of Latinos, Asian Americans, and older people as characters. Its writing staff was half African-American and its production crew was over seventy percent minority and women.

Despite a promising start with the series, Barclay quit City of Angels after only four episodes, citing creative differences with Bochco as the reason for his early departure. For his work as co-creator, writer, and director of City of Angels, he received an NAACP Image Award. He later received another NAACP Image Award for his direction of an episode of Cold Case.

Barclay has remained much in demand as a director. "I'm famous for doing a lot of episode number two's," he told Renee Montagne of NPR's Morning Edition. "After someone has spent, like millions on the pilot, I'm the person that they call and say, 'Okay, we're doing this second episode, and we only have $2.95. But we want it to look exactly like the 10 to 20 million dollar pilot."

Barclay has directed well over 100 episodes of series television. Among the series to which he has lent his talents are such prominent shows as The West Wing, Law & Order, ER, Lost, Weeds, Monk, Cold Case, House, M.D., CSI, Glee, and NCIS: Los Angeles. He is the executive producer as well as the principal director of the HBO series In Treatment.

He was honored with Emmy Award nominations for his work on The West Wing in 2002 and Glee in 2010. He has also been nominated for numerous Directors Guild of America Awards, and is the only person to have been nominated for DGA Awards for both a comedy and a drama series two years in a row.

At the same time that he was pursuing his directorial career, Barclay returned to his roots with the musical One Red Flower: Letters from 'Nam, based on Bernard Edelman's book Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1985). He eventually chose seven letters that the characters representing actual soldiers present both in reading and in song. The show, which has been described as a rock opera, was written in 2001 and premiered in Washington, D. C. in 2004.

"It's a little like West Wing," Barclay stated to Russo, "in that even though it's all very messy and intricate and problematic, there's an underlying spirit of patriotism and a belief and faith in our country that elevates it all."

In the 1990s, Barclay read a script by a young UCLA graduate named Dustin Lance Black and encouraged him to continue writing. Black credits him for serving as his mentor when he was attempting to break into the film and television industry.

In 2003, Barclay and Black teamed up to develop a story about Pedro Zamora, the HIV-positive, openly gay man who appeared in the 1994 season of MTV's reality show The Real World. In 2009, the story was finally brought to television as Pedro, a 90-minute MTV movie produced by Barclay and directed by Nick Oceano, with a screenplay by Black.

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