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  • BIRTH 03/11/1919
  • DEATH 02/08/1994
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 18
  • MOVIES 25

Bert Freed

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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.

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Bert Freed

Shows (18)

Knight Rider
Knight Rider
Anthony Solan
Mission: Impossible
Mission: Impossible
Leon Chandler
Hogan's Heroes
Hogan's Heroes
Maj. Bernsdorf
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Capt. Harvey Ellison / Cooper
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
Stambler
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Joe Hayden
Combat!
Combat!
Sgt. Weber
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Carl Holman / Harry Parker / Joe Marshall / Ken Woodman
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
Henry Marvin / Homer Roberts / Judge Ben Coulter
The High Chaparral
The High Chaparral
Telford Burris
The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet
Police Sgt. Bert Clark
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Al Clovis / Chris Thornton
The Virginian
The Virginian
Jason Ainsworth / Milo Henderson
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Pete Johnson
Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare
Director / Dr. Donald White
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Armstrong / Mitch Green
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Det. Capt. Ben Wyatt
Studio One
Studio One
Chick

Movies (25)

Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory
Sgt. Boulanger
Nevada Smith
Nevada Smith
Quince
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Ben Golden
Hang 'em High
Hang 'em High
Schmidt
Invaders from Mars
Invaders from Mars
Police Chief A.C. Barrows
Madigan
Madigan
Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
Detective Story
Detective Story
Det. Dakis
Barracuda
Barracuda
Jack
711 Ocean Drive
711 Ocean Drive
Steve Marshak (uncredited)
Norma Rae
Norma Rae
Sam Dakin
Halls of Montezuma
Halls of Montezuma
Slattery
The Desperate Hours
The Desperate Hours
Tom Winston
Fate Is the Hunter
Fate Is the Hunter
Dillon
The Goddess
The Goddess
Lester Brackman
P.J.
P.J.
Police Lieutenant
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Det. Sgt. Paul Klein
Shock Treatment
Shock Treatment
Frank Josephson
The Swinger
The Swinger
Police Captain
Red Mountain
Red Mountain
Sgt. Randall
There Was a Crooked Man...
There Was a Crooked Man...
Skinner
The Cobweb
The Cobweb
Abe Irwin
Invitation to a Gunfighter
Invitation to a Gunfighter
Sheriff
Take the High Ground!
Take the High Ground!
Sgt. Vince Opperman
The Long, Long Trailer
The Long, Long Trailer
Foreman
The Strike
The Strike
Chick