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Bert Freed (1919–1994)


During the '50s and '60s it seemed like every time you turned around, there was Bert Freed as a detective, gangster, sheriff or greedy small-town businessman, and sci-fi fans will remember him as the police chief taken over by the Martians in the classic Invaders from Mars (1953). He played a lot of tough cops--sometimes crooked ones, sometimes ... See full bio »

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 1986 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Bert
- Are You My Mother? (1986) ... Bert
 1985 Riptide (TV Series)
Jessup Taylor
- Curse of the Mary Aberdeen (1985) ... Jessup Taylor
 1982-1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Riggins / George Farr
- The Huntress (1984) ... Riggins
- Guess Who's Coming to Town? (1982) ... George Farr
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Anthony Solan
- White Bird (1983) ... Anthony Solan
 1982 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Dr. Tishman
- Miracle of Birth: Part 2 (1982) ... Dr. Tishman
 1981 Darkroom (TV Series)
Mr. Miller, Charlie's Dad
- Stay Tuned, We'll Be Right Back (1981) ... Mr. Miller, Charlie's Dad
 1981 Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase (TV Movie)
Carlo
 1980 Skag (TV Series)
Bishop
- Pilot (1980) ... Bishop
 1980 Vega$ (TV Series)
Tony Regosi
- The Private Eye Connection (1980) ... Tony Regosi
 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series)
Sam Bishop
- Hard Water: Part 2 (1979) ... Sam Bishop
- Hard Water: Part 1 (1979) ... Sam Bishop
- The Haunting of Manderley Mansion (1979) ... Sam Bishop
 1979 Norma Rae
Sam Dakin
 1973-1978 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Edward V. Emery / Det. Capt. Ben Wyatt
- The Picture Pirates (1978) ... Edward V. Emery
- Twenty Million Alibis (1973) ... Det. Capt. Ben Wyatt
 1978 Barracuda
Papa Jack
 1978 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Jonathan Stambler
- Angel on High (1978) ... Jonathan Stambler
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Hank Jimson
 1978 Till Death
Dr. Sawyer
 1977 In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan (TV Movie)
Dr. Julius Korein
 1977 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply
Mayor John Randolph
 1976-1977 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Mr. Jenks / Morry
- Dead Lift (1977) ... Mr. Jenks
- Police Buff (1976) ... Morry
 1976 Serpico (TV Series)
Jack Powell
- Every Man Must Pay His Dues (1976) ... Jack Powell
 1976 Bronk (TV Series)
Trent
- Death with Honor (1976) ... Trent
 1972-1976 Cannon (TV Series)
Col / Gen Beardsley / Lt. Asher
- Revenge (1976) ... Col / Gen Beardsley
- The Shadow Man (1972) ... Lt. Asher
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Capt. Milt Hirshman
- Eye for an Eye (1975) ... Capt. Milt Hirshman
 1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Edgar Winfield
- Deadly Inheritance (1975) ... Edgar Winfield
 1975 Death Scream (TV Movie)
Detective Ross
 1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Capt. Akins
- Mr. R.I.N.G. (1975) ... Capt. Akins
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
Packy Keefe
- The 42nd Street Cavalry (1974) ... Packy Keefe
 1974 Paper Moon (TV Series)
- Harvest (1974)
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Burt Cohen
- Fingerprint (1974) ... Burt Cohen
 1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Judge
- A Foreigner Among Us (1974) ... Judge
 1973 Incident at Vichy (TV Movie)
Marchand, A Businessman
 1972 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Mr. Sharp
- For Sale by Owner (1972) ... Mr. Sharp
 1969-1972 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Leon Chandler / Gen. Brenner
- Committed (1972) ... Leon Chandler
- Time Bomb (1969) ... Gen. Brenner
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
Prof. Calvin Blake
- I Do Not Belong to the Human World (1972) ... Prof. Calvin Blake
 1971 Longstreet (TV Series)
Lt. Ryder
- I See, Said the Blind Man (1971) ... Lt. Ryder
 1971 Evel Knievel
Doc Kincaid
 1971 The Smith Family (TV Series)
Tom Weaver
- Greener Pastures (1971) ... Tom Weaver
 1963-1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Col. Harmon / Jason Ainsworth / Milo Henderson
- The Regimental Line (1971) ... Col. Harmon
- A Small Taste of Justice (1967) ... Jason Ainsworth
- The Final Hour (1963) ... Milo Henderson
 1965-1971 Insight (TV Series)
 1970 Breakout (TV Movie)
Fletcher
 1970 The Andersonville Trial (TV Movie)
The Board of Military Judges
 1970 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Paul Laker
- The Deadly Sin (1970) ... Paul Laker
 1969 Mannix (TV Series)
R. Eberhard
- Tooth of the Serpent (1969) ... R. Eberhard
 1969 Lancer (TV Series)
Toby Jencks
- The Kid (1969) ... Toby Jencks
 1969 Then Came Bronson (TV Series)
Editor Carson
- Pilot (1969) ... Editor Carson
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Warden
- Breakout to a Fast Buck (1969) ... Warden
 1969 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Telford Burris
- A Fella Named Kilroy (1969) ... Telford Burris
 1969 The Outsider (TV Series)
Elkins
- Take the Key and Lock Him Up (1969) ... Elkins
 1966-1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Rance Kendell / Homer Roberts / Henry Marvin / ...
- The Profit and the Lost (1968) ... Rance Kendell
- Days of Grace (1967) ... Homer Roberts
- Caesar's Wife (1966) ... Henry Marvin
- Hazard (1966) ... Judge Ben Colter
 1968 A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer (TV Movie)
Pete Johnson
 1968 Wild in the Streets
Max Jacob Flatow Sr.
 1968 Madigan
Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
 1960-1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Broom / Solomon Belcher
- The Late Ben Cartwright (1968) ... Broom
- The Last Trophy (1960) ... Solomon Belcher
 1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Frank Stover
- And He Shall Lead the Children (1968) ... Frank Stover
 1968 P.J.
Police Lieutenant
 1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Sheriff Parsons
- One Bad Turn (1968) ... Sheriff Parsons
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Bonacci
- Hotel Hurricane (1967) ... Bonacci
 1967 Ironside (TV Series)
Sgt. Cable / Det. Keeley
- Tagged for Murder (1967) ... Sgt. Cable
- The Leaf in the Forest (1967) ... Det. Keeley
 1967 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Walker
- Heaven Help Us (1967) ... Mr. Walker
 1967 The Green Hornet (TV Series)
Police Sgt. Bert Clark
- Bad Bet on a 459-Silent (1967) ... Police Sgt. Bert Clark
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Breed Pembrooke
- The Pembrooke Blood (1967) ... Breed Pembrooke
 1966 The Swinger
Police Captain
 1966 Nevada Smith
Quince
 1966 Get Smart (TV Series)
Badeff
- Hubert's Unfinished Symphony (1966) ... Badeff
 1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Miller
- Lucy Goes to a Hollywood Premiere (1966) ... Miller
 1966 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
Maj. Bernsdorf
- The Great Impersonation (1966) ... Maj. Bernsdorf
 1965 The Loner (TV Series)
Sheriff Ross
- Hunt the Man Down (1965) ... Sheriff Ross
 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Halden / Dr. Ullman
- The Silent Saboteurs (1965) ... Halden
- The Saboteur (1965) ... Dr. Ullman
 1959-1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Chris Thornton / Al Clovis
- The Bounty Hunter (1965) ... Chris Thornton
- The F.U. (1959) ... Al Clovis
 1962-1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Director / Dr. Donald White
- With Hellfire and Thunder (1965) ... Director
- Operation: Lazarus (1962) ... Dr. Donald White
 1965 Combat! (TV Series)
Sgt. Weber
- Odyssey (1965) ... Sgt. Weber
 1965 The Munsters (TV Series)
Mr. Dennison
- Munsters on the Move (1965) ... Mr. Dennison
 1965 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Detective Horton
- Hooterville Crime Wave (1965) ... Detective Horton
 1960-1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Joe Marshall / Carl Holman / Edward Parker / ...
- The Case of the Ruinous Road (1964) ... Joe Marshall
- The Case of the Poison Pen-Pal (1962) ... Carl Holman
- The Case of the Difficult Detour (1961) ... Edward Parker
- The Case of the Treacherous Toupee (1960) ... Ken Woodman
 1964 Karen (TV Series)
Mr. Francis
- Father Daughter Dance (1964) ... Mr. Francis
 1964 Fate Is the Hunter
Dillon
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Detective Sgt. Sam Crowell / Detective Sergeant Sam Crowell
- The Prisoner: Part 2 (1964) ... Detective Sgt. Sam Crowell
- The Prisoner: Part 1 (1964) ... Detective Sergeant Sam Crowell
 1964 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Lorimer
- Moonlighting (1964) ... Lorimer
 1964 Shock Treatment
Frank Josephson
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. S
- The Game with Glass Pieces (1964) ... Mr. S
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Joe Hayden
- The Special One (1964) ... Joe Hayden
 1964 Route 66 (TV Series)
Captain West
- Follow the White Dove with the Broken Wing (1964) ... Captain West
 1963-1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Edward Benton / Detective Bradley
- I'll Get on My Ice Floe and Wave Goodbye (1964) ... Edward Benton
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Sgt. Gregson
- Funny Man with a Monkey (1964) ... Sgt. Gregson
 1963 Twilight of Honor
Sheriff B.L. 'Buck' Wheeler
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Lloyd Mitchell
- Incident at Rapid City (1963) ... Lloyd Mitchell
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
The Warden
- Metamorphosis (1963) ... The Warden
 1963 Wide Country (TV Series)
Gov. Leroy Martin
- The Judas Goat (1963) ... Gov. Leroy Martin
 1962 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
Coach Prendergast
- What Makes the Varsity Drag? (1962) ... Coach Prendergast
 1961-1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Henderson / Joe Vista / Paul Sander
- Run Till It's Dark (1962) ... Henderson
- 330 Independence S.W. (1962) ... Joe Vista
- Doyle Against the House (1961) ... Paul Sander
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Dave Reed
- The Schemer (1962) ... Dave Reed
 1962 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Michael Dannora
- The Velvet Trap (1962) ... Michael Dannora
 1961 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Andre Goulet
- The Greed Merchant (1961) ... Andre Goulet
 1961 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
 1961 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Mr. Eddie Riley
- Danny and the Hoodlums (1961) ... Mr. Eddie Riley
 1959-1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Ben Crown / Oat Jackford
- Short Rope for a Tall Man (1961) ... Ben Crown
 1961 Dante (TV Series)
Detective Sgt. Pickard
- Dante in the Dark (1961) ... Detective Sgt. Pickard
 1960-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Cooper / Capt. Harvey Ellison
- The Kiss-Off (1961) ... Cooper
- Not the Running Type (1960) ... Capt. Harvey Ellison
 1960-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mitch Green
- Memory in White (1961)
- They Like Me Fine (1960) ... Mitch Green
 1961 The Witness (TV Series)
- Jimmy Hines (1961)
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Lieutenant
- Silent Panic (1960) ... Lieutenant
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Matt Poliska
- Tramp Steamer (1960) ... Matt Poliska
 1960 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Emory Blaine
- Double Trouble (1960) ... Emory Blaine (uncredited)
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Lt. Columbo
- Enough Rope (1960) ... Lt. Columbo
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Big Tom Lanza
- Reunion (1960) ... Big Tom Lanza
 1960 The Subterraneans
Bartender
 1960 Why Must I Die?
Adler
 1960 Markham (TV Series)
Angelo Adamic
- Anxious Angel (1960) ... Angelo Adamic
 1960 Outlaws (TV Series)
Big Walter
- The Avenger (1960) ... Big Walter (as Burt Freed)
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Couver
- The Young Juggler (1960) ... Couver
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Gus Caserta
- Three Thousand Suspects (1960) ... Gus Caserta
 1960 M Squad (TV Series)
Police Lt. Shannon
- A Kid Up There (1960) ... Police Lt. Shannon
 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
Joe Travis
- Conspiracy of Silence (1960) ... Joe Travis
 1959-1960 Johnny Staccato (TV Series)
Police Sgt. Joe Gillen / Police Sgt. Joe Gillin
- Double Feature (1960) ... Police Sgt. Joe Gillen
- A Piece of Paradise (1959) ... Police Sgt. Joe Gillin
- Murder in Hi-Fi (1959) ... Police Sgt. Joe Gillen
 1959 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series)
Benson
- Toll Road (1959) ... Benson
 1959 The Gazebo
Lt. Joe Jenkins
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Sgt. Matt Brogan
- Millionaire Sergeant Matthew Brogan (1959) ... Sgt. Matt Brogan
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Kester
- The Faithless (1959) ... Kester
 1959 Tightrope (TV Series)
Dutch Reese
- Thousand Dollar Bill (1959) ... Dutch Reese
 1959 Laramie (TV Series)
Sgt. Abe Jordan
- Fugitive Road (1959) ... Sgt. Abe Jordan
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Mallory
- The Killer Instinct (1959) ... Mallory
 1959 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Healey
- Cold Cargo (1959) ... Healey
 1955-1959 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Frank Ryan / Janos
- Sound of Violence (1959) ... Frank Ryan
- The Freedom Fighters of Hungary (1957) ... Janos
 1959 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Capt. Dunn
- The Trap (1959) ... Capt. Dunn
 1959 U.S. Marshal (TV Series)
Gallardo
- The Dude (1959) ... Gallardo
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Police Lieutenant
- The Gentle Gun-Man (1958) ... Police Lieutenant
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Blick / Sokolovsky
- The Time of Your Life (1958) ... Blick
- The Plot to Kill Stalin (1958) ... Sokolovsky
 1958 The Goddess
Lester Brackman
 1958 True Story (TV Series)
Meyers
- Episode dated 31 May 1958 (1958) ... Meyers
 1958 Rendezvous (TV Series)
- The Funmaster (1958)
 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
2nd Detective
- The Big Man Hunt (1957) ... 2nd Detective
 1957 Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Gallardo
- The Dude (1957) ... Gallardo
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Crandall
- Roar of the Lion (1956) ... Mr. Crandall
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Manager
- The Magic Horn (1956) ... Manager
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1954-1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Lt. Burke / Mike Jannis / Chick
- This Will Do Nicely (1956) ... Lt. Burke
- A Most Contagious Game (1955) ... Mike Jannis
- The Strike (1954) ... Chick
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Soldier
- Dateline II (1955) ... Soldier
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Christie / Farrell / Sears
- Outcast (1955) ... Christie
- Shoot It Again (1955) ... Farrell
- The Gambler (1955) ... Sears
 1955 The Desperate Hours
Tom Winston
 1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Al Rago
- Black Frost (1955)
- The Ghost Writer (1955) ... Al Rago
 1955 The Cobweb
Abe Irwin
 1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Arena (1954)
 1954 Center Stage (TV Series)
 1954 Men of the Fighting Lady
Lt. (jg) Andrew Szymanski
 1953 The Long, Long Trailer
Foreman
 1953 Take the High Ground!
Sgt. Vince Opperman
 1953 Invaders from Mars
Police Chief A.C. Barrows (uncredited)
 1953 Tangier Incident
Kozad
 1952 The Snows of Kilimanjaro
American Soldier (uncredited)
 1952 The Atomic City
Emil Jablons
 1952 Anything Can Happen
Immigration Officer (uncredited)
 1951 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
 1951 Red Mountain
Sgt. Randall
 1951 The Company She Keeps
Smitty
 1950 Halls of Montezuma
Slattery
 1950 No Way Out
Rocky Miller - Beaver Canal Resident (uncredited)
 1950 711 Ocean Drive
Steve Marshak (uncredited)
 1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends
Det. Paul Klein
 1950 Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
Dutch, Third New York Henchman
 1950 Black Hand
Prosecutor
 1950 Key to the City
Emmy's Husband
 1949 Twelve O'Clock High
Officer Standing at Bar (uncredited)
 1947 Boomerang!
Herron - Man in Alley Mob (uncredited)
 1947 Carnegie Hall
Truck Driver (uncredited)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Self (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The Firebrand of Florence" on Broadway.

Alternate Names:

Burt Freed

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Trivia:

First actor to play the role of Lt. Columbo, in a 1960 episode of The Chevy Mystery Show (1960), eight years before Peter Falk became famous in the part.

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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