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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart disease and emphysema)
Birth NameHerbert Theodore Bergman
Nickname Teddy

Mini Bio (1)

Character player Alan Reed was a strong, burly presence on film and TV but he would be better remembered in the long run for his equally strong, distinctive voice. He gave vocal life to the prehistoric cartoon character Fred Flintstone on the prime-time TV series The Flintstones (1960) in the 1960s, and it is this direct association that has kept his name alive long after his passing. Reed even thought up and introduced the Flintstonian catchphrase "Yabba dabba doo!" for his beloved animated character. After majoring in journalism at Columbia University, the New York born-and-bred actor went on to an acting career at the Provincetown Playhouse. His vocal talents were immediately discovered and he turned to radio, becoming a prime announcer for that medium. A master of over 22 foreign dialects, he also worked steadily on Broadway with the Theatre Guild. On radio, he billed himself under his real name of Teddy Bergman for comedy parts and under the name Alan Reed for dramatic work. Reed was featured on the best radio shows of the time including "The Shadow," "The Fred Allen Show," "Life with Luigi" (which he later took to TV), and "My Friend Irma." In films, he had a comic Runyonesque appeal and played in such fare as The Redhead and the Cowboy (1951), Emergency Wedding (1950), and Here Comes the Groom (1951). His more dramatic roles came with The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) and The Desperate Hours (1955). One of his most unusual parts was his portrayal of Pancho Villa in Viva Zapata! (1952) starring Marlon Brando. He also supplied the voice of "Boris" in Disney's Lady and the Tramp (1955). The popular animated series and various offshoots made up most of his later work after The Flintstones (1960) premiered in the early 1960s. Reed died following an extended illness in 1977.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Finette Walker (5 April 1932 - 14 June 1977) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

The voice of Fred Flintstone

Trivia (12)

Veteran radio actor supplied the voice of TV cartoon character "Fred Flintstone."
Father of actor Alan Reed Jr.
Created the phrase "Yabba Dabba Doo" for The Flintstones (1960).
Before portraying Pasquale on Life with Luigi (1952) on television, he originated the character on CBS Radio (1948-1953).
His long-time wife, former actress Finette Walker (1909-2005), appeared on stage in the early 1930s and was a chorus member in the original 1934 Broadway production of "Anything Goes" with Ethel Merman. They had three sons.
For a time, he continued to list himself either as Bergman or Alan Reed, depending on the role he was playing (Reed for more comedic roles, Bergman for more serious ones).
His wife Finette Walker was a former Broadway actress.
Was able to act in 22 foreign dialects.
Enjoyed immensely giving his voice to Fred Flintstone.
Majored in journalism at Columbia University.
Was very fond of his co-stars from The Flintstones (1960) Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc and Bea Benaderet.
Always preferred radio instead of motion picture acting.

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