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Bert Freed (1919-1994)
Bert Freed

Al Clovis, March 14, 1956 Written by John Meston, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Bert Freed, Joe Flynn, Fay Roope

The Bounty Hunter, October 30, 1965 Written by Paul Savage, Directed by Harry Harris, Guest Cast: Robert Lansing, Wright King, Lisabeth Hush, Amber Flower, Bert Freed, Gregg Palmer, Victor Izay, John Kowal, Jason Johnson

He was a familiar face who most often played menacing individuals...bosses, cops, outlaws, authoritarian types, but he could play fatherly, loving types also. Stocky and solidly built with a stern face, curly white hair and intense eyes, he was a prolific character actor. He was born in The Bronx, New York on November 3, 1919 of Russian immigrant parents. His family was not involved with show business. He attended public schools in New York and later attended Penn State University where he earned a B.S. degree in education. He was bitten by the acting bug while appearing with the Penn State Players. After he graduated he was admitted to the NYA Radio Workshop where he trained along with fellow actor Carl Reiner. He made his Broadway debut in "Johnny 2X4" in 1942 thus beginning a successful stage career. His film debut was in a Bit Part in "Carnegie Hall" (1947). This led to his move to Hollywood in 1949. His impressive list of film credits includes: "Boomerang!" (1947) as Herron; "The Black Hand" (1949) as Prosecutor; "Halls of Montezuma" (1950) as Slattery, one of my favorites of his roles; "711 Ocean Drive" (1950) as Marshak; "Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town" (1950) as Dutch; "Detective Story" (1951) as Det. Dakis; "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1952) as American Soldier; "Invaders from Mars" (1953) as Chief A.C. Barrows; "Take the High Ground!" (1953) as Sgt. Vince Opperman; "The Long, Long Trailer" (1954) as Foreman; "The Desperate Hours" (1955) as Winston; "Paths of Glory" (1957) as Sgt. Boulanger; "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962) as Producer; "Fate is the Hunter" (1968) as Dillon; "Nevada Smith" (1956) with Steve McQueen, as Quince; "There Was a Crooked Man" (1970) as Skinner; "Barracuda" (1978) as Jack and "Norma Rae" (1979) as Sam Dakin, his last theatrical film. He also appeared on TV as a regular on "Shane" (1966) as Rufe Ryker. He also appeared in made for TV movies including: "Then Came Bronson" (1969); "Breakout" (1970); "Skag" (1980) and "Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase" (1981) his final role. He guest starred on many TV series including: "Gunsmoke"; "The Untouchables"; "The Rifleman"; "Perry Mason"; "Bonanza"; "Ben Casey"; "The Outer Limits"; "Petticoat Junction"; "Hogan's Heroes"; "The Big Valley"; "Mission: Impossible"; "Cannon"; "The Partridge Family" and "The Fall Guy." He died of a heart attack on August 2, 1994 in West Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada while on a fishing trip with his son at age 74.

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