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Alan Reed

Show Count: 272
Series Count: 11
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: August 20, 1907, New York City, New York, U.S
Died: June 14, 1977, Los Angeles, California, U.S

Alan Reed (August 20, 1907 – June 14, 1977) was an American actor and voice actor, best known as the original voice of Fred Flintstone (whom he was said to have physically resembled) on The Flintstones and various spinoff series. He also appeared in multiple films, such as The Tarnished AngelsBreakfast at Tiffany'sViva Zapata! (as Pancho Villa), Nob Hill and various other films, as well as making acting appearances on various television series and he was the voice of Boris in Lady and the Tramp.

Life and career 

Born Edward 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. He was Jewish.

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. In 1932, Reed married the former Finnette Walker (1909–2005), a Broadway actress. 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 would have three sons, including actor Alan Reed, Jr. (born May 10, 1936).

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 NBCRadio show, and later on his own five-minute show, Falstaff's Fables, on the American Broadcasting Company; 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, and as Italian immigrant Pasquale in Life with Luigi on CBS Radio, and various supporting roles on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, also on CBS Radio.

From 1957–58, Reed appeared in a recurring role as J.B. Hafter, a studio boss, on the CBS sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve, starring Howard Duff and Ida Lupino, then married in real life but appearing as a fictitious acting couple living in Beverly Hills, California. 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, starringMickey Rooney as the owner of a resort hotel in Newport Beach, California.

His final performance as Fred Flintstone was a cameo guest shot on an episode of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics.


Reed died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on June 14, 1977, two months shy of his 70th birthday. His body was donated to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He was survived by his wife, sons and several grandchildren.

Source: Wikipedia

Abie's Irish RoseAbie's Irish Rose
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 24 January 1942 to 2 September 1944
Cast: Bud Collyer, Alan Reed, Walter Kinsella , Alfred White, Menasha Skulnik, Anna Appel, Carl Eastman, Ann Thomas, Bill Adams, Dolores Gillen, Amanda Randolph, Sydney Smith, Betty Winkler, Rosemary Levy, Richard Bond, Julie Stevens, Marion Shockley
Director: Joe Rines
Abie's Irish Rose, a situation comedy about a young married couple from Jewish and Catholic families, replaced Knickerbocker Playhouse and ran from January 24, 1942 through September 2, 1944.
Baby Snooks ShowBaby Snooks Show
Show Count: 160
Broadcast History: 29 February 1936 to 6 June 1936, 23 December 1937 to 25 July 1940, 5 September 1940 to 15 June 1944, 17 September 1944 to 28 May 1948, and 8 November 1949 to 22 May 1951
Cast: Lois Corbett, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Lalive Brownell, Arlene Harris, Leone Ledoux, Alan Reed, Danny Thomas, Charlie Cantor, Ken Christy, Irene Tedrow, Frank Nelson, Ben Alexander, Lillian Randolph, Elvia Allman, Earl Lee, Sara Berner
Director: Mann Holiner, Al Kaye, Ted Bliss, Walter Bunker, Arthur Stander
Producer: Mann Holiner, Al Kaye, Ted Bliss, Walter Bunker, Arthur Stander
Damon Runyon Theater, TheDamon Runyon Theater, The
Show Count: 52
Broadcast History: 1948 to the mid 1950s
Cast: John Brown, Anne Whitfield, Gerald Mohr, William Conrad, Alan Reed, Herb Vigran, Frank Lovejoy, Sheldon Leonard, Eddie Marr, Luis Van Rooten, Joe DuVal, Willard Waterman, Ed Begley, Jeff Chandler, Sam Edwards, Hans Conried, Parley Baer
Director: Richard Sanville
Producer: Vern Carstensen
Starring John Brown as Broadway, the narrator of Damon Runyon’s dramatic stories of old Manhattan New York and the gangster life in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The stories could be tragic, and often quite sad as you become moved by the strength of the characters.
Duffy's TavernDuffy's Tavern
Show Count: 65
Broadcast History: 29 July 1940 to 30 June 1942, 6 October 1942 to 27 June 1944, and 15 September 1944 to 18 January 1952
Cast: Shirley Booth, Florence Halop, Sandra Gould, Helen Lynd, Doris Singleton, Sara Berner, Connie Manning, Florence Robinson, Helen Eley, Margie Liszt, Gloria Erlanger, Pauline Drake, Hazel Shermet, Charlie Cantor, Eddie Green, Alan Reed, F. Chase Taylor, Dickie Van Patten
Director: Rupert Lucas, Jack Roche, Rory Sanford, Mitchell Benson
Producer: Ed Gardner
Top of the pops in radio situation comedy for more than a decade through the forties and into the fifties and all built around a character who never made even one appearance on the show.
Fred Allen Show, TheFred Allen Show, The
Show Count: 89
Broadcast History: 23 October 1932 to 16 April 1933, 4 August 1933 to 1 December 1933, 3 January 1934 to 26 June 1940, 2 October 1940 to 25 June 1944, 7 October 1945 to 28 December 1947, and 4 january 1948 to 26 June 1949
Cast: Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Helen Morgan, Sheila berrtt, Roy Atwell, Charlie Carlisle, Jack Smart, Minerva Pious, Lionel Stander, Eileen Douglas, Town Hall Quartet, Merry Macs, Alan Reed, John Brown, Charlie Cantor, Peter Donald, Parker Fennelly, Kenny Delmar
Producer: Roger White, Sylvester Weaver, Vick Knight, Howard Reilly
Halls Of Ivy, TheHalls Of Ivy, The
Show Count: 84
Broadcast History: 6 June 1950 to 6 January 1952
Cast: Arthur Q. Bryan, Willard Waterman, Ronald Colman, Benita Hume Colman, Alan Reed, Herb Butterfield, Elizabeth Patterson, Gloria Gordon, Jerry Hausner, Paula Winslowe, Raymond Lawrence, Sheldon Leonard, Herb Vigran, Ken Christy, Jean Vander Pyl, Jeffrey Silver, Johnny McGovern, Charles Seel, Bob Seeney, Virginia Gregg, Rolfe Sedan
Director: Nat Wolff
Producer: Don Quinn, Nat Wolff
A situation comedy show, which follows the daily trials and tribulations of a college president in a small American College. It ran for two seasons from 1950 to 1952 and was aired at 8pm initially on Fridays and then on a Wednesday evening for the second season.
Life With LuigiLife With Luigi
Show Count: 143
Broadcast History: 21 September 1948 to 3 March 1953
Sponsor: Wrigley’s Gum
Cast: J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Jody Gilbert, Gil Stratton Jr., Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Joe Forte, Ken Peters
Director: William N Robson, Mac Benoff
Producer: Cy Howard
Mel Blanc ShowMel Blanc Show
Show Count: 41
Broadcast History: 3 September 1946 to 24 June 1947
Sponsor: Colgate
Cast: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Hans Conried, Alan Reed, Earle Ross, Jim Backus, Joe Kearns, Sportsmen Quartet
Director: Joe Rines, Sam Fuller
Producer: Joe Rines, Sam Fuller
Shadow, TheShadow, The
Show Count: 243
Broadcast History: 31 July 1930 to 26 December 1954
Sponsor: Wildroot Cream Oil, Blue Coal, Street and Smith Love Story Magazine, Perfect-o-Lite, Grove Laboratories, US Air Force
Cast: Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, Dwight Weist, James La Curto, Mandel Kramer, Orson Welles, Santos Ortega, Various, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Gertrude Warner, Lesley Woods, Keenan Wynn, Marjorie Anderson, Grace Matthews, Alan Reed, Ted de Corsia, Arthur Vinton, Kenny Delmar, John Barclay, Robert Hardy Andrews, Jimmy LaCruto, Bob Maxwell
Director: Wilson Tuttle, Bill Sweets, Harry Ingram, John Cole, Dana Noyes, Chick Vincent
Producer: Wilson Tuttle, Bill Sweets, Harry Ingram, John Cole, Dana Noyes, Chick Vincent
The shadow was amateur criminologist Lamont Cranston. He had learned “the hypnotic power to cloud men’s minds so that they cannot see him”. The opening to the show, “Who knows … what evil … lllllurks … in the heart of men? … The Shadow knows! His “friend and companion, the lovely Margo Lane, is the only person who knows to whom the voice of the invisible Shadow belongs”. Together they confront the maddest assortment of lunatics, sadists, ghosts and werewolves ever heard on the air.
Broadcast: July 23, 1949
Added: Nov 01 2014
Broadcast: 3rd March 1947
Added: Mar 29 2009
Broadcast: 2nd November 1951
Added: Apr 03 2008
Broadcast: 23rd December 1949
Added: Dec 25 2009
Broadcast: 13th April 1951
Added: Feb 17 2011
Broadcast: May 10, 1942
Added: Oct 20 2023
Broadcast: 13th January 1952
Added: Jan 13 2012
Broadcast: June 10, 1948
Added: Aug 07 2022
Broadcast: November 20, 1940
Added: Nov 09 2023
Broadcast: 22nd August 1949
Added: Aug 22 2008
Broadcast: 14th October 1948
Starring: June Haver, Alan Reed
Added: Oct 14 2007
Broadcast: December 16, 1949
Added: Nov 25 2023
Broadcast: 1st March 1948
Added: Feb 11 2011
Broadcast: 25th January 1959
Added: Apr 28 2011
Broadcast: 13th June 1947
Added: Jan 23 2011
Broadcast: March 2, 1950
Added: Mar 06 2017
Broadcast: March 23, 1954
Added: Mar 22 2021
Broadcast: 15th September 1957
Added: Nov 22 2010
Broadcast: July 9, 1949
Added: Jul 12 2014
Broadcast: 16th December 1946
Added: Dec 15 2012
Broadcast: 8th September 1947
Added: Jul 02 2009
Broadcast: 15th September 1975
Added: Oct 19 2013
Broadcast: February 3, 1951
Added: May 25 2014
Broadcast: 20th September 1953
Added: Nov 29 2008
Broadcast: 6th January 1952
Added: Jan 06 2012
Broadcast: 4th January 1952
Added: Apr 02 2011
Broadcast: February 10, 1951
Added: Jun 01 2014
Broadcast: 13th July 1958
Added: Aug 20 2011
Broadcast: 20th July 1958
Added: Aug 20 2011
Broadcast: November 13, 1940
Added: Oct 12 2023
Broadcast: 17th November 1948
Added: Nov 20 2005
Broadcast: 1st September 1949
Added: Sep 01 2007
Broadcast: 28th June 1948
Added: Aug 12 2008
Broadcast: October 7, 1974
Added: May 03 2013
Broadcast: October 17, 1964
Added: Sep 19 2015
Broadcast: 3rd April 1948
Added: Apr 28 2006
Broadcast: 27th March 1950
Added: Apr 25 2008
Broadcast: 9th December 1946
Added: Dec 08 2012
Broadcast: May 24, 1942
Added: Oct 19 2023
Broadcast: 15th April 1948
Starring: Alan Reed, Kenny Baker
Added: Apr 15 2007
Broadcast: 11th January 1952
Added: Apr 10 2008