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  • BIRTH 25/06/1911
  • DEATH 11/12/1974
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 2
  • MOVIES 22

Reed Hadley

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Reed Hadley (June 25, 1911 – December 11, 1974) was an American movie, television and radio actor.

Reed Hadley was born Reed Herring in Petrolia in Clay County near Wichita Falls, Texas, to Bert Herring, an oil well driller, and his wife Minnie. Hadley had one sister, Bess Brenner. He was reared in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Bennett High School in Buffalo and was involved in local theater with the Studio Arena Theater. Hadley and his wife, Helen, had one son, Dale. Before moving to Hollywood, he acted in Hamlet on stage in New York City.

Throughout his thirty-five-year career in film, Hadley was cast as both a villain and a hero of the law, in such movies as The Baron of Arizona (1950), The Half-Breed (1952), Highway Dragnet (1954) and Big House, USA (1955). With his bass voice, he narrated a number of documentaries. He starred in two television series, Racket Squad (1950–1953) as Captain Braddock, and The Public Defender (1954–1955) as Bart Matthews, a fictional attorney for the indigent. Hadley also worked on the Red Ryder radio show during the 1940s, being the first actor to portray the title character. In films, among other things, he starred as Zorro in the 1939 serial Zorro's Fighting Legion. He is immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his television work.

He was the voice of cowboy hero Red Ryder on radio and the narrator of several Department of Defense films: "Operation Ivy", about the first hydrogen bomb test, Ivy Mike, "Military Participation on Tumbler/Snapper"; "Military Participation on Buster Jangle"; and "Operation Upshot-Knothole" all of which were produced by Lookout Mountain studios. The films were originally intended for internal military use, but have been "sanitized", edited, and de-classified, and are now available to the public. During the period he narrated these films, Hadley held a Top Secret security clearance.

Hadley also served as the narrator on various Hollywood films, including House on 92nd Street (1945), Call Northside 777 (1947) and Boomerang (1947).

He died at age 63 on December 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, of a heart attack. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

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Reed Hadley

Shows (2)

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Medical Examiner
Rawhide
Rawhide
Clement

Movies (22)

Leave Her to Heaven
Leave Her to Heaven
Dr. Mason
All in a Night's Work
All in a Night's Work
General Pettiford (uncredited)
13 Rue Madeleine
13 Rue Madeleine
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge
Party Waiter (voice) (uncredited)
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story
Narrator
Adventures of Captain Marvel
Adventures of Captain Marvel
Rahman Bar
Zorro's Fighting Legion
Zorro's Fighting Legion
Don Diego Vega and his alter ego Zorro
Bachelor Mother
Bachelor Mother
Polly's First Dance Partner (uncredited)
Operation Ivy
Operation Ivy
Host / Narrator
The Return of Wildfire
The Return of Wildfire
Marty Quinn
The Brasher Doubloon
The Brasher Doubloon
Dr. Moss (uncredited)
He Walked by Night
He Walked by Night
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
The House on 92nd Street
The House on 92nd Street
Narrator (voice)
Panhandle
Panhandle
Matt Garson
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Hymie Weiss
Shock
Shock
District Attorney O'Neill
The Dark Corner
The Dark Corner
Lt. Frank Reeves
The Mystery of Marie Roget
The Mystery of Marie Roget
Naval Officer
Ski Patrol
Ski Patrol
Ivan Dubroski
Last of the Wild Horses
Last of the Wild Horses
Riley Morgan
Sky Raiders
Sky Raiders
Caddens
The Bank Dick
The Bank Dick
Francois