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      Bert Freed

      Bert Freed

      Highest Rated: 100% Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

      Lowest Rated: 40% Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

      Birthday: Nov 3, 1919

      Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

      Although Peter Falk will always be the best known "Lieutenant Columbo," he was not the first, as that distinction goes to actor Bert Freed. Freed's acting career began while attending Penn State University, and continued with Broadway roles during the early 1940s. By the end of the decade, Freed had made the transition to film roles, which he would accumulate regularly throughout the 1950s (in addition to television appearances). But it was in 1960 that Freed landed the role of Columbo in "The Chevy Mystery Show." Although he would play the role for only a single episode, it was a full eight years before Falk claimed the role for himself in the hit television series "Columbo." Freed continued to play one-off roles on television, as well as a few multi-episode runs (including "Perry Mason," "Shane," "The Virginian"), for the remainder of his career, before retiring from acting during the mid 1980s.

      Highest rated movies

      Where the Sidewalk Ends poster
      Where the Sidewalk Ends
      Paths of Glory poster Paths of Glory Norma Rae poster
      Norma Rae
      The Desperate Hours poster
      The Desperate Hours
      No Way Out poster
      No Way Out
      Detective Story poster
      Detective Story
      Wild in the Streets poster
      Wild in the Streets
      Billy Jack poster Billy Jack

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase Carlo (Character) - 1981
      90% 79% Norma Rae Sam Dakin (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 2% Barracuda Papa Jack (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Till Death Dr. Sawyer (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and the Midnight Auto Supply Mayor John Randolph (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 83% Death Scream Detective Ross (Character) - 1975
      40% 37% Evel Knievel Doc Kincaid (Character) - 1971
      63% 63% Billy Jack Stuart Posner (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Breakout Fletcher (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Then Came Bronson Bert Freed (Character) - 1968
      67% 52% Wild in the Streets Max Jacob Flatow Sr. (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 41% Invitation to a Gunfighter Sheriff (Character) - 1964
      40% 62% Fate Is the Hunter Charles J. Dillon (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shock Treatment Frank Josephson (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 31% Twilight of Honor Sheriff B.L. "Buck" Wheeler (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Why Must I Die? Adler (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 73% The Gazebo Lt. Joe Jenkins (Character) - 1959
      57% 58% The Goddess Lester Brackman (Character) - 1958
      96% 95% Paths of Glory Sgt. Boulanger (Character) - 1957
      88% 79% The Desperate Hours Tom Winston (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 50% Men of the Fighting Lady Lt. Andrew Szymanski (Character) - 1954
      50% 77% The Long, Long Trailer Foreman (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 30% Take the High Ground Sgt. Vince Opperman (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 67% Atomic City Emil Jablons (Character) - 1952
      72% 71% Detective Story Det. Dakis (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 32% The Black Hand Prosecutor (Character) - 1950
      86% 82% No Way Out Rocky Miller (Character) - 1950
      100% 88% Where the Sidewalk Ends Det. Paul Klein (Character) - 1950

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet 89% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet 100% One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Mr. Jenks (Guest Star) 1976-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Lt. Asher (Guest Star) 1972 1976
      100% 89% Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Moon Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet 50% The Partridge Family Mr. Sharp (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sixth Sense Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Together Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Paul Laker (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix R. Eberhard (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966-1968
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan Bonacci (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet 100% The Green Hornet Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shane Rufe Ryker (Character) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 100% Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loner Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Al Clovis (Guest Star) 1959 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      83% 95% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Joe Marshall (Guest Star) 1960-1962 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Detective Bradley (Guest Star) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dakotas Lloyd Mitchell (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Joe Vista (Character) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dante Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet 79% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1960-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Staccato Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Plainsman Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Sgt. Abe Jordan (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Charley Healy (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Manager (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1954 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Sears (Character) 1955