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Overview (5)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart disease and emphysema)
Birth NameHerbert Theodore Bergman
Nickname Teddy
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Character player Alan Reed was a strong, gruff, burly presence on '40s and '50s film and TV but he would be best remembered for his equally strong, gruff, distinctive voice on radio and TV. In 1960, he gave vocal life to the bombastic prehistoric cartoon character Fred Flintstone on the prime-time TV series The Flintstones (1960), the character being inspired by the Ralph Cramden husband on the popular earlier sitcom The Honeymooners (1955). It is this direct association that continues to keep his name alive today. Reed himself thought up and introduced the Flintstonian catchphrase "Yabba dabba doo!" (improvised from a script calling for Fred to say "Yahoo!") for his beloved animated character to the delight of children everywhere.

Born Herbert Theodore Bergman on August 20, 1907 in New York City, to Jewish parents of Lithuanian/Ukrainian descent, he received his early education at Washington High School and studied theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After majoring in journalism at Columbia University, he decided to pursue to acting at such places as Provincetown Playhouse and toured in vaudeville shows. He supplemented his income operating a candy factory and worked as a social director at a country club.

A master of over 22 foreign dialects, Reed also worked steadily on Broadway with the Theatre Guild. His vocal talents were well suited for radio, becoming a prime announcer for that medium. In addition to billing himself as Teddy Bergman, he sometimes was credited under the moniker Alan Reed for more dramatic parts, eventually settling in on the Reed name. Reed was featured on the best radio shows of the time including "The Shadow," "Crime Doctor," "Abie's Irish Rose," "The Life of Riley," "The Fred Allen Show," "Life with Luigi" (which he later took to TV), and "My Friend Irma."

Once in Hollywood, Reed deserted the Bergman name completely. Sporting a comic Runyonesque appeal, he 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). Featured in many TV shows, the popular prehistoric cartoon and its various offshoots made up most of Reed's later work after The Flintstones (1960) premiered.

Long married to a former Broadway actress, Finette Walker, one of their three children, actor/producer Toby Reed, entered show business as a teenager. Reed started billing himself as Alan Reed, Sr. to avoid any confusion. Working up until his death, Reed died in Los Angeles from heart disease and emphysema at age 69 on June 14, 1977. Reed's incomplete autobiography was extensively used to publish his son's own biographical tribute: Yabba Dabba Doo: The Alan Reed Story.

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

Family (2)

Spouse Ruth Delphine (Finette) Walker (5 April 1932 - 14 June 1977)  (his death)  (3 children)
Children Alan Reed Jr.

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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