Interview with CARY GUFFEY Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977

Interview with CARY GUFFEY Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977


Born in Douglasville, Georgia, Guffey made his film debut in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind at the age of four. In 1979, he appeared in the movie The Sheriff and the Satellite Kid and its sequel Everything Happens to Me, with Bud Spencer. Guffey made his last onscreen appearance in the 1985 miniseries North and South.


  1. Copndonuts on July 9, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    his house in the movie is about 3 miles from me ………….. all the hurricanes since then and its still standing. 30°32’56.0"N 87°51’05.8"W

  2. Cindy Witter-H on July 9, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Here’s a movie I never get tired of seeing. (It’s on now to be honest and someone asked if they knew what "Barry" was doing these days! I had to look it up!). The scene in India is on now so I’m off to watch this great movie once again!

  3. Betty Moon on July 9, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    He was so cute!

  4. Marina Garza on July 9, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I was obsessed with CE3K when I was a kid. My favorite scenes were with you in them! The opening of the door and the xylophone playing.

  5. Starry Eyed on July 9, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    I agree… the interior shots of the ship were not needed.

  6. James Carter on July 9, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Gary was a hero to children and adults like in this movie.

  7. Craig McKenzie on July 9, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    I’m amazed at how Cary Guffey can even remember the part where Dreyfuss messed up his line. That’s how bright this guy was even as a kid. I don’t remember jack about being 3 years old.

  8. Emanistan on July 9, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Maybe he was speaking figuratively when he said taking part in The Shining would mean moving closer to Hollywood, but in reality, it would have meant moving to England…nothing wrong with that!

  9. Tom's Adventures on July 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    My dad’s name is Roy F Neary. It’s weird to hear his name being played by actor.

  10. Matt on July 9, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    If you liked the shining read or listen to doctor sleep!

  11. awaitthegroom on July 9, 2022 at 9:56 pm


  12. Cat Peach on July 9, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    He turned out so normal, unlike most child actors.

  13. ghostnr9 on July 9, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    He didn’t age well and becoming a financial adviser is the worst kind of demon that can get you…

  14. Malinda Garza on July 9, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    The best alien movie ever it has drama it has intrigue. And the best sound track ever. It comes across between Jaws E.T and the Star wars movies. But then again same composer John Williams.

  15. mandy Williams on July 9, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Aww little barry he was so cute and perfect for the roll.xx💟💟

  16. matthewakian2 on July 9, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Seems like a very well balanced individual.

  17. jeri bailey on July 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    I hope you read this Mr. Guffey. My name is Jeri Bailey. I was Jeri Grantham and my mama was Marie Griffin. She told me about this movie but couldn’ t tell me but part of the name of the movie. Third kind lol. I said mama you mean Close Encounters of the Third Kind. She said she had a cousin Mr. Jim Griffin whos grandson was in this movie. I could’n’t believe it . She and Mr. Jim  Griffin were first cousins. Their daddys were brothers. Are  you  Mr. Griffin’s grandson?  Would love to talk to you. thanks so much

  18. Squadrone Rosso on July 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Love this film, watched it again yesterday. Brilliant interview too.

  19. ProfessionalGun 66 on July 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Great video, although I would love to have heard him talk about the two movies he did with Bud Spencer where he played the Satallite Kid.

  20. geoff hill on July 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    he loves blade runner respect

  21. Russ Hendrix on July 9, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    My sister would baby sit him in Georgia when he was a child.

  22. J-Rod Official on July 9, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Hahah he is actually just the kid as an actor I thought I was the real kid who got abducted in real life

  23. Freccia6000 on July 9, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Chissá perché capitano tutte a me With the great late Bud Spenser My first time at the movie theater to watch it My gosh I was 9 then

  24. Dan Lewis on July 9, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Cary’s scenes were all my favorite parts

  25. E.B.E. s on July 9, 2022 at 10:10 pm


  26. They dont like it up'em. on July 9, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    The kid from this movie is sooooo cuuuttteee! Also I find I can watch and watch movies from around this time. Close encounters, jaws, alien, the list is endless. Movies today however I struggle to even finish once.

  27. Daniel Ueblacker on July 9, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    What a nice and normal person. Wow.

  28. kilroy987 on July 9, 2022 at 10:14 pm


  29. Kevin on July 9, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Close Encounters is one of the few movies that I can watch over and over again. I think that’s because of the very cool special effects, but also the sense of wonder the story portrays so well which is topped off by the positive and hopeful ending. Too many movies these days rely on CGI in lieu of a quality story and often have a nihilistic feel throughout complimented by gore and mindless action.. 

  30. Nigel Santa Barbara Ca on July 9, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you, I would skip school every day when this was showing in Waikiki, to this day I have seen this movie 124 times.

  31. SPacy sam aku holT on July 9, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    He looks the same!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Mike Basil on July 9, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I agree with you, Cary, about The Empire Strikes Back. Thank you for creating the adorable Barry for Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. 👏🏻

  33. schizoidboy on July 9, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I like the idea that Spielberg made it like a playtime with the guy, it shows he knows how to work with kids and he’s not the sort of director that needs to go to extremes to get a good performance. I for one hate the notion of a director getting borderline abusive to get good performances from their actors.

  34. francofracca on July 9, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Hi H7 25 😏

  35. Michael D. Williams III on July 9, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Currently watching it’s a nostalgic movie to me, and timeless never getting old…💫

  36. Ruple Thaker on July 9, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    What great intv, nicely done. Carey seems like such a nice guy and he’s a Teacher! Thanks for putting this up.

  37. wonekawa on July 9, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    I agree with Cary about the interior of the ship scene… imagining what the interior experience would have been like is far better than being shown what it would be. 

  38. JCharlie Sparks on July 9, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    He said ‘ice cream’? The Dad said they look like ice cream cones. Marilyn M said her love live is like eating ice cream in a major magazine the same one that did a story on UFOs in the shape of ice cream cones with her on the cover.

  39. J Mm on July 9, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    The best movie of all time! I’ve watched this movie so many times that I know everyone’s line’s 🤣 I will always love Close Encounters of The Third Kind!

  40. Maria Fernandes on July 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Era você meu lindo?Eu tinha 13 anos quando vi este filme que mudou minha maneira de pensar até hoje!Foi o filme da minha vida

  41. Edward Bliss on July 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    This guy obviously has a high IQ, which is why he was able to follow instructions and play-act to turn out a compelling performance as a 4-year-old

  42. jwf 556 on July 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks heaps for this interview with Carey. He seems like a really nice fellow. His role in Close Encounters as the little boy Barry contributed to the iconic status of the film. So cute and innocent. Agree with most, Spielberg was always a master at bringing out the best in child actors. Can’t wait to get the 4k uhd bluray on release.

  43. CrissDrums on July 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Great interview

  44. Meema Mc Living Healthy on July 9, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Cary’s grandmother and my father were first cousins. I have many fond memories of this fine woman.

  45. Dennis Scoggins on July 9, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Wonder if you miss playing in the creek on Cheoah. Hard to believe you were three houses down. You’d be amazed on how many of the kids have actually bought back into the neighborhood. Glad to see you are doing well.

  46. Kerstin Toth on July 9, 2022 at 10:27 pm


  47. RodCornholio on July 9, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Weird…he likes Empire amd Blade Runner like me and mentions the same reasons.

  48. James Hendin on July 9, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    This is for me, as well, a movie I can watch over and over again. Then one day I saw an interview with Spielberg saying he would never make a movie like this today, because it’s about a guy who doesn’t even question getting on that space ship and leaving his wife and kids behind. He said at the time of the movie he was single and had no family of his own. Today he does, he would never abandon his kids. Space ship or no space ship. When I watch the movie today I understand exactly what Spielberg was saying. As I watch Richard Dreyfuss’ character board the space ship I want so much to ask him "Dude, didn’t you ever bond with your kids? Not even once?"

  49. Roger D. Dog on July 9, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Carey was a very cute wonderful kid and a very special find for Spielberg. He’s now a wonderfully grounded and unassuming human being which is great to see.

  50. psychotictactoe on July 9, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Dude looks the same after all these years! One of my all time fave films, this and StarWars made my childhood!