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 Alan Reed, Sr

Alan Reed, Sr

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 14 Jun 1977 (aged 69)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Donated to medical science, Specifically: Body Donated to Loma Linda Medical Center
Memorial ID 3663 · View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered as the original voice of 'Fred Flintstone' on the animated ABC television sitcom "The Flintstones" that ran from September 1960 until April 1966. Born Herbert Theodore Bergman to Jewish parents in New York City, New York he graduated from Columbia University there with a degree in journalism and soon turned his focus on acting, eventually appearing on Broadway and working as a radio announcer. His radio work included the role of 'Solomon Levy' on "Abie's Irish Rose, the "Allen's Alley" resident poet 'Falstaff Openshaw' on "The Fred Allen Show, and later on his own five-minute show as "Falstaff's Fables," as 'Officer Clancy' on "Duffy's Tavern," as 'Shrevey' the driver on "The Shadow," as 'Mr. Stevenson' (Charlie Riley's boss) on "The Life of Riley," and as Italian immigrant 'Pasquale' in "Life with Luigi" and various supporting roles on "Yours Truly" and "Johnny Dollar." From 1957 to 1958 he appeared in a recurring role as studio boss 'J.B. Hafter' on the CBS television sitcom "Mr. Adams and Eve" (with Howard Duff and Ida Lupino). His other television appearances include "My Favorite Martian" and "Mickey." As a voice actor, he provided the voice of 'Boris' the Russian wolfhound in Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" (1955) and in 1960 he began the voice role 'Fred Flintstone', the lead character of Hanna-Barbera's prime-time animated series "The Flintstones." He lent his voice for the entire six-season run of the show, as well as in several spin-off series (e.g., "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show" and "The Flintstone Comedy Hour") and other specials. His final performance as 'Fred Flintstone' was a cameo guest shot on an episode of "Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics." His film credits include "Nob Hill" (1945, with George Raft and Joan Bennett), "Viva Zapata!" (1962, with Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn), "The Tarnished Angels" (1957, with Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone), and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961, with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard). He died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California at the age of 69. He was married to Broadway actress Finnette Walker from 1932 until his death and is the father of actor Alan Reed, Jr.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 11 Oct 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3663
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alan Reed, Sr (20 Aug 1907–14 Jun 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3663, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Donated to medical science, who reports a Body Donated to Loma Linda Medical Center.