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Place of Birth The Bronx, New York USA
Birthday 1919-11-03
Death 1994-08-02


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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.


1981Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase as Carlo
1978Barracuda as Jack
1978Till Death as Dr. Sawyer
1977In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan as Dr. Julius Korein
1977Love and the Midnight Auto Supply as Mayor John Randolph
1975Death Scream as Det. Ross
1973Incident at Vichy as Marchand, A Businessman
1971Evel Knievel as Doc Kincaid
1970There Was a Crooked Man... as Skinner
1970Breakout as Fletcher
1969Then Came Bronson as Editor Carson
1968Onları Yükseğe As as Schmidt
1968Wild in the Streets as Max Jacob Flatow Sr.
1968Madigan as Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
1966Nevada Smith as Quince
1964Fate Is the Hunter as Dillon
1964Invitation to a Gunfighter as Sheriff
1964Shock Treatment as Frank Josephson
1962Küçük Bebeğe Ne Oldu? as Ben Golden
1960The Subterraneans as Bartender
1960Why Must I Die as Adler
1960The Gazebo as Lt. Jenkins
1958The Goddess as Lester Brackman
1957Zafer Yolları as Sgt. Boulanger
1956Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers as Dayton Colonel
1955The Desperate Hours as Tom Winston
1955The Cobweb as Abe Irwin
1954The Strike as Chick
1954Men of the Fighting Lady
1954The Long, Long Trailer as Foreman
1953Take the High Ground! as Sgt. Vince Opperman
1953Invaders from Mars as Police Chief A.C. Barrows
1953Tangier Incident as Kozad
1952The Atomic City as Emil Jablons
1951Detective Story as Det. Dakis
1951Red Mountain as Sgt. Randall
1951The Company She Keeps as Smitty (plainclothesman)
1951Halls of Montezuma as Slattery
1950No Way Out as Rocky Miller - Beaver Canal Resident (uncredited)
1950Where the Sidewalk Ends as Det. Sgt. Paul Klein
1950711 Ocean Drive as Steve Marshak (uncredited)
1950Key to the City as Emmy's Husband
1950Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town as Dutch - Third New York Henchman
1947Geri Tepen Silah as Herron, a Man in Alley Mob (uncredited)

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