Herbert Theodore Bergman
August 20, 1907
New York City, U.S.
|Died||June 14, 1977 (aged 69)|
|Other names||Alan Reed Sr.|
|Alma mater||American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
Alan Reed (born Herbert Theodore Bergman; August 20, 1907 – June 14, 1977) was an American actor, best known as the original voice of Fred Flintstone on The Flintstones and various spinoff series. He also appeared in many films, including Days of Glory, The Tarnished Angels, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Viva Zapata! (as Pancho Villa), and Nob Hill, and various television and radio series.
Alan Reed was born Herbert Theodore Bergman on August 20 1907 in New York City to Jewish parents. His father was a Lithuanian-Jewish immigrant and his mother was born in the United States to Ukrainian-Jewish parents from Galicia. He attended Washington High School (now George Washington Educational Campus) and majored in journalism at Columbia University.
Between graduating from WHS and entering Columbia, he studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He began his acting career in the city, eventually working on Broadway.
For several years, Reed toured in vaudeville with his cousin, Harry Green. He also had two other jobs—operating a wholesale candy factory and working at the Copake Country Club as "social director, entertainment producer and actor".
As early as 1930, Reed (billed as Teddy Bergman) co-starred with Herbert Polesie in Henry and George, a CBS program that featured "minute dramas, popular laughmakers ... interspersed with dance music selections".
Reed's radio work included having two roles in Valiant Lady, the role of Solomon Levy on Abie's Irish Rose, as the "Allen's Alley" resident poet Falstaff Openshaw on Fred Allen's NBC radio show, and later on his own five-minute show, Falstaff's Fables, on ABC, as Officer Clancey and other occasional roles on the NBC radio show Duffy's Tavern, as Shrevey the driver on several years of The Shadow, as Chester Riley's boss on the NBC radio show The Life of Riley, as Italian immigrant Pasquale in Life with Luigi on CBS radio, various supporting roles on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, and as Lt. Walter Levinson in several episodes of Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
Reed was "heard regularly on the Crime Doctor series," and "was the original Daddy to Fanny Brice on Baby Snooks". Billed as Teddy Bergman, he had the title role on Joe Palooka.
Billed as Teddy Bergman, Reed appeared on Broadway in Double Dummy (1936), and A House in the Country (1937), and Love's Old Sweet Song (1940).
From 1957 to 1958, Reed appeared in a recurring role as J.B. Hafter, a studio boss, on the CBS sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve. He also played the same character in The Bob Cummings Show. In 1963, he appeared as Councilman Jack Gramby in episode 8 of the CBS sitcom My Favorite Martian. In 1964–65, he had a recurring role as Mr. Swidler in the ABC sitcom Mickey.
In animation, Reed provided the voice of Boris the Russian Wolfhound in Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp in 1955. In 1960, he began the voice role for Fred Flintstone, the lead character of Hanna-Barbera's prime-time animated series The Flintstones. Reed provided Fred's voice for the entire six-season run of the show, as well as in several spin-off series (The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Flintstone Comedy Hour) and specials. His final performance as Fred Flintstone was a cameo guest role on an episode of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics. Among his other voice roles for Hanna-Barbera was Touché Turtle's sidekick, Dum Dum.
Radio playwright and director Norman Corwin cast Reed as Santa Claus in the 1969 KCET television reading of his 1938 play The Plot to Overthrow Christmas.
In television commercials Reed was the voice over for J.J. Keebler, a creation of the Leo Burnett Agency.
In May 1932, Reed married the former Finette Walker (1909–2005), a Broadway actress whom he met at television station W2XAB (later WCBS-TV) in New York City. She 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, including actor Alan Reed, Jr. (born May 10, 1936).
Reed, a smoker, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1967. His bladder was removed, which eradicated the cancer, but he later developed emphysema. On June 14, 1977, he died at St. Vincent Medical Center (Los Angeles) after having a heart attack, two months before his 70th birthday. His body was donated to medical research.
|1937||Porky's Romance||Opening announcer (voice)||Short film|
|Teddy Bergman's Bar-B-Q||Teddy Bergman|
|1944||Days of Glory||Sasha|
|1945||Nob Hill||Dapper Jack Harrigan|
|1946||The Postman Always Rings Twice||Ezra Liam Kennedy|
|1950||Perfect Strangers||Harry Patullo|
|1951||The Redhead and the Cowboy||Col. Lamartine|
|Here Comes the Groom||Walter Godfrey|
|1952||How to Be a Detective||Weasel, Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|1953||Viva Zapata!||Pancho Villa|
|Actor's and Sin||J.B. Cobb||Segment "Woman of Sin"|
|1953||Pickup on South Street||Detective||Uncredited|
|I, the Jury||George Kalecki|
|1955||The Far Horizons||Charboneau|
|Lady and the Tramp||Boris (voice)|
|Kiss of Fire||Sergeant Diego|
|The Desperate Hours||Detective|
|1956||Time Table||Al Wolfe|
|The Revolt of Mamie Stover||Captain Gorecki|
|He Laughed Last||Big Dan Hennessy|
|1957||The Tarnished Angels||Colonel Fineman|
|1958||Marjorie Morningstar||Puddles Podell|
|1959||1001 Arabian Nights||The Sultan (voice)|
|1960||Stop! Look! and Laugh||Prince (voice)||Uncredited|
|1961||Breakfast at Tiffany's||Sally Tomato|
|1966||The Man Called Flintstone||Fred Flintstone (voice)|
|1969||A Dream of Kings||Fig King|
|1971||Shinbone Alley||Big Bill (voice)|
|1975||The Story of Heidi||Sebastian, Mr. Usher||Final role, 1979 English dub|
|1978||The Seniors||Professor Heigner||Final role, posthumous release|
|1956||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Uncle Leo||Episode: "Alibi Me"|
|1957–1958||Mr. Adams and Eve||J. B. Hafter||Regular cast|
|1958||Make Room for Daddy||Joe Ferbus||Episode: "The Reunion"|
|1959||Have Gun – Will Travel||Dirks the Clamjumper||Episode: "Gold and Brimstone"|
|1960||Peter Gunn||Garson||Episode: "The Maître d"|
|Make Room for Daddy||Howard Sloan||Episode: "The Apple Polishers"|
|1960–1966||The Flintstones||Fred Flintstone, Professor Von Messerschmidt, J.L. Gothrocks, The Prowler, Grandpa Rocky Flintstone (voices)||166 episodes|
|1962–1963||The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series||Dum Dum (voice)||52 episodes|
|Touché Turtle and Dum Dum|
|1963||Don't Call Me Charlie!||Private Winthrop Fairchild||Episode: "Raise Your Right Hand"|
|The Dick Van Dyke Show||Auctioneer||Episode: "The Masterpiece"|
|My Favorite Martian||Councilman Jack Gramby||Episode: "The Awful Truth"|
|1964||Hoppity Hooper||Filmore Bear, Additional voices||Episode: "Ring-A-Ding Spring"|
|1964-1965||Jonny Quest||various characters||various episodes|
|1964–1968||The Beverly Hillbillies||Gene Booth||Episodes: "Teenage Idol", "The Great Tag-Team Match"|
|1965||The Addams Family||Parks Commissioner Fiske (Uncredited)||Episode: "Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family"|
|1966||Space Ghost||Glasstor||Episode: "Glasstor"|
|Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?||Fred Flintstone (voice)||Television film|
|The Impossibles||Smogula||1 episode|
|1967||Batman||General MacGruder||Episode: "Penguin Sets a Trend"|
|1968||Petticoat Junction||The Bandit||Episode: "Bad Day at Shady Rest"|
|1969||Get Smart||Little girl (voice)||Uncredited|
|1970||Where's Huddles?||Mad Dog Mahoney (voice)||10 episodes|
|1971||The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show||Fred Flintstone (voice)||16 episodes|
|1972||The Flintstone Comedy Hour||Fred Flintstone (voice)||18 episodes|
|1975||The Story of Heidi||Sebastian, Mr. Usher (voices)||English version|
|1977||Laff-A-Lympics||Fred Flintstone (voice)|
|Energy: A National Issue||Television film|
|1977–1980||Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels||Additional voices||39 episodes|
Final television role
|1930||Henry and George|
|1932||Joe Palooka||Joe Palooka|
|1938||Valiant Ladt||Various roles|
|1940||The Baby Snooks Show||Daddy|
|1942||Abie's Irish Rose||Solomon Levy|
|1944–1951||Duffy's Tavern||Officer Clancy, various characters|
|The Life of Riley||Chester Riley's boss|
|1948–1953||Life with Luigi||Pasquale|
|1948–1954||The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show||Various roles|
|1949–1962||Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar|
|1949–1953||Richard Diamond, Private Detective||Lt. Walter Levinson|
|1936||Dounle Dummy||Various characters||Broadway|
|1937||A House in the Country|
|1940||Love old Sweet Song|