Bert Freed


Biography

Although Peter Falk will always be the best known "Lieutenant Columbo," he was not the first, as that distinction goes to actor Bert Freed. Freed's acting career began while attending Penn State University, and continued with Broadway roles during the early 1940s. By the end of the decade, Freed had made the transition to film roles, which he would accumulate regularly throughout the 195...

Biography

Although Peter Falk will always be the best known "Lieutenant Columbo," he was not the first, as that distinction goes to actor Bert Freed. Freed's acting career began while attending Penn State University, and continued with Broadway roles during the early 1940s. By the end of the decade, Freed had made the transition to film roles, which he would accumulate regularly throughout the 1950s (in addition to television appearances). But it was in 1960 that Freed landed the role of Columbo in "The Chevy Mystery Show." Although he would play the role for only a single episode, it was a full eight years before Falk claimed the role for himself in the hit television series "Columbo." Freed continued to play one-off roles on television, as well as a few multi-episode runs (including "Perry Mason," "Shane," "The Virginian"), for the remainder of his career, before retiring from acting during the mid 1980s.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Charlie and the Great Balloon Race (1981)
Skag (1980)
Norma Rae (1979)
Barracuda (1978)
Till Death (1978)
In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan (1977)
Death Scream (1975)
Billy Jack (1971)
Stuart Posner
Evel Knievel (1971)
Doc Kincaid
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)
Skinner
Then Came Bronson (1969)
Editor Carson
Madigan (1968)
Ch. Det. Hap Lynch
Wild in the Streets (1968)
Max Jacob Flatow, Sr.
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Hangman
P. J. (1968)
Police lieutenant
The Swinger (1966)
Police captain
Nevada Smith (1966)
Quince
Shock Treatment (1964)
Josephson
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
Sheriff
Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
Dillon
Twilight of Honor (1963)
Sheriff Buck Wheeler
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Producer
The Gazebo (1960)
Lt. Joe Jenkins
The Subterraneans (1960)
Bartender
Why Must I Die? (1960)
Adler
The Goddess (1958)
Lester Brackman
Paths of Glory (1958)
Sgt. Boulanger
Crowded Paradise (1956)
The Cobweb (1955)
Abe Irwin
The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Foreman
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
Lt., j.g. Andrew Szymanski
Take the High Ground! (1953)
Sgt. Vince Opperman
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Police chief Barrows
Tangier Incident (1953)
H. Kozad
Anything Can Happen (1952)
Immigration officer
Red Mountain (1952)
Sgt. Randall
The Atomic City (1952)
Emil Jablons
The Company She Keeps (1951)
Smitty
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
[Pvt.] Slattery
Detective Story (1951)
Dakis
Key to the City (1950)
Emmy's husband
711 Ocean Drive (1950)
Marshak
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)
Dutch
Black Hand (1950)
Prosecutor
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Klein
No Way Out (1950)
Rocky
Boomerang! (1947)

Cast (Special)

Are You My Mother? (1986)
330 Independence S.W. (1962)
Joe Vista (Guest)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Billy Jack (1971) - I Am The Law Just as Kenneth Tobey (as deputy sheriff Mike) is about to execute the instructions of crooked rancher Posner (Bert Freed) to slaughter captured wild horses, title character Tom Laughlin, who also wrote and directed under assumed names, appears, his intervention finished with continuing narration by Delores Taylor (also Mrs. Laughlin) as Jean, early in Billy Jack, 1971.
Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950) - Sinking Pretty Low Bruised model Morgan (Gene Tierney) at work with a designer (Tierney's husband Oleg Cassini!), with a friend (Peggy O'Connor), then visited by cops Dixon (Dana Andrews) and Klein (Bert Freed), in Otto Preminger's Where The Sidewalk Ends, 1950.
Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950) - He's A War Hero Cop Dixon (Dana Andrews) drops in on intoxicated Paine (Craig Stevens) whom he inadvertently kills, then gets a warning from partner Klein (Bert Freed), in Otto Preminger's Where The Sidewalk Ends, 1950.
Wild In The Streets (1968) - I'm His Mother! Shelley Winters is the mother, and Bert Freed the father, from whom giant pop star Max Frost (Christopher Jones) ran away many years earlier, and they’ve just had big make-overs after realizing he’s rich and famous, looking to present themselves at a concert, in AIP’s Wild In The Streets, 1968.
Paths Of Glory (1958) - See That Cockroach? Boulanger (Bert Freed) briefs the firing squad, then Ferol, Arnaud and Paris (Timothy Carey, Joseph Turkel, Ralph Meeker), scheduled for execution as examples for comrades who failed to launch a suicidal attack, receive a meal, in Stanley Kubrick’s First World War drama Paths Of Glory, 1958.
Wild In The Streets (1968) - Ronald Reagan Would Look Worse Senator Fergus (Hal Holbrook) hopes Mrs. Flatow (Shelley Winters), mom of pop-star turned politician Max (Christopher Jones), can get him to slow down his government take-over, but she’s tripping, while he, with advisors (Kevin Coughlin, Richard Pryor, Larry Bishop) plans his next move, in Wild In The Streets, 1968.
Detective Story (1951) - Just Supply The Finger Bert Freed as workaday detective Dakis and Lee Grant the shoplifter, in her Academy Award-nominated performance in the role she also played on Broadway, opening William Wyler's film from the Sidney Kingsley play, Detective Story, 1951, starring Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker.
Detective Story (1951) - Baby Farm Grist Mill Hard-headed New York detective McLeod (Kirk Douglas) just leaving when accused baby-selling doctor Schneider (George MacReady) arrives, with lawyer Sims (Warner Anderson) in tow, Lieutenant Monahan (Horace McMahon), making sure the case is solid, in William Wyler's Detective Story, 1951.
Anything Can Happen (1952) - You're The Very Latest From the harbor to Ellis Island, opening scenes as Georgian Giorgi (Jose Ferrer), with experienced Turkish pal Nuri (Kurt Kasznar), meets an especially cordial customs officer (Bert Freed), in Perlberg and Seaton's Anything Can Happen, 1952.
Men Of The Fighting Lady - Police Action Dowling (Walter Pidgeon) continues narration as Grayson (Frank Lovejoy) briefs Navy pilots including Thayer (Van Johnson) and Dodson (Keenan Wynn), early in the Korean War drama Men Of The Fighting Lady, 1954.

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