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Bert Freed

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Bert Freed (November 3, 1919 — August 2, 1994) was a prolific American character actor, voice over actor, and the first actor to portray "Detective Columbo" on television. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Freed began acting while attending Penn State University, and made his Broadway debut in 1942. Following World War II Army service in the European Theatre, he appeared in the Broadway musical The Day Before Spring in 1945 and dozens of television shows between 1947 and 1985. His film debut occurred, oddly enough, in a musical Carnegie Hall (1947). A prominent role was as the villainous Ryker in the television series Shane, in which Freed added a unique touch of realism by beginning the show clean-shaven and growing a beard from one week to the next, never shaving again through the season. Freed played Columbo in a live 1960 episode of the "Chevy Mystery Theatre" seven years before Peter Falk played the role. Thomas Mitchell also played the part on stage prior to Falk's version, which is probably where many of the eccentric Columbo traits originated; only a few were visible in Freed's straightforward interpretation, although the character as played by Freed is recognizably Columbo. He appeared (sometimes more than once) in television shows such as The Rifleman, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Big Valley,The Virginian, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Charlie's Angels, Then Came Bronson, Run For Your Life, Get Smart, The Lucy Show, Hogan's Heroes, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Perry Mason, Combat!, Petticoat Junction, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, Ironside, The Green Hornet, The Munsters, and many, many more. He directed one episode of T.H.E. Cat. Freed appeared as a racist club owner in No Way Out (1950), a gangster in Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950), a Marine private in Halls of Montezuma (1951 film), an Army sergeant in Take the High Ground! (1953), the Police Chief in Invaders From Mars (1953), Sgt. Boulanger in Paths of Glory (1957), the hangman in Hang 'Em High (1968), Max's father in Wild in the Streets (1968), as Chief of Detectives in Madigan (1968), a homosexual prison guard in There Was a Crooked Man... (1970) and Bernard's father in Billy Jack (1971) in which he got "whumped" on the side of the face by Billy Jack's right foot "just for the hell of it." He retired from acting in 1986, and died of a heart attack in Canada in 1994 while on a fishing trip with his son. Description above from the Wikipedia article Bert Freed,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.



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Born:
Nov 3, 1919 In The Bronx, New York USA
Movie/TV Credits:
99
First Appeared:
In the movie Boomerang! 1947-03-05
Latest Project:
Series The Fall Guy 1983-03-08
Known For
Poster of Knight Rider
Poster of Barracuda
Poster of Till Death
Poster of Charlie's Angels
Filmography

The Fall Guy (1983)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.6 14 votes

Knight Rider (1982)

Action & Adventure Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
6.4 98 votes

Till Death (1978)

Movie
as Dr. Sawyer

Barracuda (1978)

Thriller Horror
Movie
as Jack
5 3 votes

Vega$ (1978)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 3 votes

In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan (1977)

Movie
as Dr. Julius Korein
9.5 1 votes

How the West Was Won (1976)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Charlie's Angels (1976)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5.6 33 votes

Bronk (1975)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Paper Moon (1974)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 2 votes

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.7 21 votes

Police Story (1973)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.8 4 votes

The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.2 16 votes

The Sixth Sense (1972)

Mystery Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown

The Rookies (1972)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Evel Knievel (1971)

Action
Movie
as Doc Kincaid
5.3 6 votes

Cannon (1971)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5.0 5 votes

Breakout (1970)

Adventure Drama
Movie
as Fletcher

There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

Western
Movie
as Skinner
6.9 18 votes

McCloud (1970)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 11 votes

Then Came Bronson (1969)

Drama TV Movie
Movie
as Editor Carson
7.5 1 votes

Wild in the Streets (1968)

Comedy Drama Music
Movie
as Max Jacob Flatow Sr.
6.0 11 votes

Hang 'em High (1968)

Western
Movie
as Schmidt
6.6 165 votes

Madigan (1968)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
5.5 12 votes

The Mod Squad (1968)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.6 5 votes

The Outsider (1968)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Lancer (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown
0.5 1 votes

Ironside (1967)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 18 votes

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

The High Chaparral (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9.0 2 votes

Mannix (1967)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 11 votes

Tarzan (1966)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.3 3 votes

The Green Hornet (1966)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.2 13 votes

Nevada Smith (1966)

Action Western
Movie
as Quince
6.8 30 votes

Shane (1966)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Mission: Impossible (1966)

Action & Adventure Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.2 34 votes

Hogan's Heroes (1965)

War & Politics Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.8 30 votes

Run for Your Life (1965)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

The Big Valley (1965)

Western
Series
as Unknown
5.5 4 votes

The Loner (1965)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Get Smart (1965)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.5 36 votes

Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

Action Western
Movie
as Sheriff
5.3 16 votes

The Munsters (1964)

Comedy Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.0 40 votes

Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

Drama
Movie
as Dillon
7 4 votes

Arrest and Trial (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Outer Limits (1963)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 41 votes

The Dakotas (1963)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Mr. Novak (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Petticoat Junction (1963)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.1 7 votes

Combat! (1962)

War & Politics Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 8 votes

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Ben Golden
7.8 159 votes

Cain's Hundred (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Dr. Kildare (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 6 votes

Target: The Corruptors! (1961)

Series
as Unknown

Ben Casey (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 3 votes

The Subterraneans (1960)

Drama
Movie
as Bartender
5 2 votes

Why Must I Die? (1960)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Adler
5 2 votes

Route 66 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.3 5 votes

The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Riverboat (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

Johnny Staccato (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Tightrope (1959)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.0 2 votes

The Gazebo (1959)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Lt. Jenkins
8.7 3 votes

Law of the Plainsman (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Detectives (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

Bourbon Street Beat (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

Peter Gunn (1958)

Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.7 3 votes

The Goddess (1958)

Drama
Movie
as Lester Brackman
0.0 1 votes

The Rifleman (1958)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.7 14 votes

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.8 6 votes

Paths of Glory (1957)

Drama War
Movie
as Sgt. Boulanger
8.1 440 votes

The Thin Man (1957)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 3 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

Decoy (1957)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Millionaire (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 2 votes

The Cobweb (1955)

Drama
Movie
as Abe Irwin
4.0 4 votes

The Desperate Hours (1955)

Crime Drama Thriller Action
Movie
as Tom Winston
6.7 24 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 19 votes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 44 votes

Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)

Movie
6 1 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

Invaders from Mars (1953)

Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Police Chief A.C. Barrows
6.0 48 votes

The Atomic City (1952)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Emil Jablons
6.3 2 votes

The Company She Keeps (1951)

Drama
Movie
as Smitty (plainclothesman)
5.5 4 votes

Red Mountain (1951)

Western
Movie
as Sgt. Randall

Halls of Montezuma (1951)

Adventure Drama Action War
Movie
as Slattery
5.6 8 votes

Detective Story (1951)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Det. Dakis
6.5 20 votes

Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Key to the City (1950)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Emmy's Husband
7 1 votes

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Action Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Det. Sgt. Paul Klein
6.5 32 votes

No Way Out (1950)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Rocky Miller - Beaver Canal Resident (uncredited)
6.3 8 votes

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Westinghouse Studio One (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Boomerang! (1947)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Herron - Man in Alley Mob (uncredited)
6.6 16 votes