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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:
68
First Appeared:
In the movie Boomerang! 1947-02-28
Latest Project:
Series Knight Rider 1982-09-26

Bert Freed Movies Filmography

Poster of Barracuda
Poster of Breakout
Poster of The Gazebo
Poster of The Company She Keeps
Filmography
Series
Knight Rider
Anthony Solan 1982-09-26
Series
The Fall Guy
Unknown 1981-11-04
Movie
Barracuda
Jack 1978-10-16
Series
Vega$
Unknown 1978-09-20
Movie
Till Death
Dr. Sawyer 1978-01-01
Movie
Love and the Midnight Auto Supply
Mayor John Randolph 1977-09-24
Series
How the West Was Won
Unknown 1977-02-06
Series
Charlie's Angels
Unknown 1976-09-22
Movie
Death Scream
Det. Ross 1975-09-26
Series
The Streets of San Francisco
Unknown 1972-09-23
Series
The Sixth Sense
Unknown 1972-01-15
Movie
Evel Knievel
Doc Kincaid 1971-09-10
Movie
There Was a Crooked Man...
Skinner 1970-09-18
Movie
Breakout
Fletcher 1970-08-12
Movie
Then Came Bronson
Editor Carson 1969-03-23
Movie
Madigan
Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch 1968-03-13
Movie
Wild in the Streets
Max Jacob Flatow Sr. 1968-05-29
Movie
Hang 'em High
Schmidt 1968-07-31
Series
The Outsider - 1968
Unknown 1968-09-18
Series
The High Chaparral
Unknown 1967-09-10
Series
Ironside
Unknown 1967-03-28
Series
Mission: Impossible
Unknown 1966-09-17
Series
The Green Hornet
Unknown 1966-09-09
Movie
Nevada Smith
Quince 1966-06-10
Series
The Big Valley
Unknown 1965-09-15
Series
Hogan's Heroes
Unknown 1965-09-17
Series
Get Smart
Unknown 1965-09-18
Movie
Fate Is the Hunter
Dillon 1964-11-08
Movie
Invitation to a Gunfighter
Sheriff 1964-10-14
Series
The Munsters
Unknown 1964-09-24
Series
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Unknown 1963-10-04
Series
The Outer Limits
Unknown 1963-09-16
Movie
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Ben Golden 1962-10-31
Series
The Virginian
Unknown 1962-09-19
Series
Target: The Corruptors!
Unknown 1961-09-29
Series
Route 66
Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie
The Subterraneans
Bartender 1960-06-23
Movie
Why Must I Die
Adler 1960-06-01
Movie
The Gazebo
Lt. Jenkins 1960-01-15
Series
The Detectives
Unknown 1959-10-16
Series
Riverboat
Unknown 1959-09-13
Series
Johnny Staccato
Unknown 1959-09-10
Series
Tightrope
Unknown 1959-09-08
Series
77 Sunset Strip
Unknown 1958-10-10
Series
The Rifleman
Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie
The Goddess
Lester Brackman 1958-06-24
Series
Decoy
Unknown 1957-10-14
Series
Perry Mason
Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie
Paths of Glory
Sgt. Boulanger 1957-09-18
Movie
The Cobweb
Abe Irwin 1955-06-07
Series
Gunsmoke
Unknown 1955-09-10
Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie
The Desperate Hours
Tom Winston 1955-10-05
Movie
Men of the Fighting Lady
1954-05-07
Movie
Invaders from Mars
Police Chief A.C. Barrows 1953-04-22
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
The Atomic City
Emil Jablons 1952-05-01
Movie
Halls of Montezuma
Slattery 1951-01-04
Movie
The Company She Keeps
Smitty (plainclothesman) 1951-01-27
Movie
Detective Story
Det. Dakis 1951-11-01
Movie
Red Mountain
Sgt. Randall 1951-11-01
Movie
No Way Out
Rocky Miller - Beaver Canal Resident (uncredited) 1950-08-16
Movie
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Det. Sgt. Paul Klein 1950-07-07
Movie
711 Ocean Drive
Steve Marshak (uncredited) 1950-07-01
Movie
Key to the City
Emmy's Husband 1950-02-02
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
Dutch - Third New York Henchman 1950-01-04
Series
The Philco Television Playhouse
Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie
Boomerang!
Herron, a Man in Alley Mob (uncredited) 1947-02-28

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