Alan Reed


Alan Reed

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location = New York City, New York, U.S.
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deathplace = Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Alan Reed (August 20, 1907June 14, 1977) was an American actor and voice artist, best known as the original voice of Fred Flintstone on "The Flintstones" and various spin-off series. He also appeared in "The Tarnished Angels", "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Viva Zapata!", "Nob Hill" and various other films, as well as a guest appearance on "The Dick Van Dyke Show".

Biography

Early life

Born Teddy Bergman in New York City, he majored in journalism at Columbia University, and then began his acting career in the city, eventually working on Broadway.

Acting career

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). He was able to act in 22 foreign dialects, and made a career as a successful radio announcer and stage actor before entering television and movies.

Radio work

His radio work included 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; as Officer Clancey and other occasional roles on the NBC Radio show "Duffy's Tavern"; as Chester Riley's boss on the NBC Radio show The Life of Riley, and as Italian immigrant Pasquale in "Life with Luigi" on CBS Radio.

Death

Reed died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, shortly before his 70th birthday; his final performance of Fred Flintstone was for the latter's cameo guest shot in an episode of "Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics."

His body was donated for medical research to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

References

*Terrace, Vincent. "Radio Programs, 1924-1984". Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9

External links

*imdb name|id=0715284|name=Alan Reed
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3663 Alan & Fred]


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