Bert Freed

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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1919

Filmography

Actor (39)

Are You My Mother? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie and the Great Balloon Race 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

Sam Dakin (Actor)

Barracuda 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Till Death 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Billy Jack 1971 (Movie)

Posner (Actor)

Breakout 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Evel Knievel 1971 (Movie)

Doc Kincaid (Actor)

There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)

Skinner (Actor)

The Big Valley 1965 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Hang 'Em High 1968 (Movie)

Hangman (Actor)

Madigan 1968 (Movie)

Chief of Detectives (Actor)

P.J. 1968 (Movie)

Police Lieutenant (Actor)

Wild in the Streets 1968 (Movie)

Max Jacob Flatow Sr (Actor)

The Swinger 1966 (Movie)

Police Captain (Actor)

Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

Quince (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

Dillon (Actor)

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Shock Treatment 1963 (Movie)

Josephson (Actor)

Twilight of Honor 1962 (Movie)

Sheriff Wheeler (Actor)

The Subterraneans 1960 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

The Gazebo 1959 (Movie)

Lieutenant Joe Jenkins (Actor)

Paths of Glory 1958 (Movie)

Sergeant Boulanger (Actor)

The Goddess 1958 (Movie)

Lester Brackman (Actor)

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Crowded Paradise 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cobweb 1955 (Movie)

Abe Irwin (Actor)

The Desperate Hours 1955 (Movie)

Winston (Actor)

Men of the Fighting Lady 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Andrew Szymanski (Actor)

The Long, Long Trailer 1954 (Movie)

Foreman (Actor)

Detective Story 1951 (Movie)

Dakis (Actor)

The Company She Keeps 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Halls of Montezuma 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boomerang 1947 (Movie)

Herron (Actor)

Death Scream (TV Show)

Actor

Skag (TV Show)

Actor

Then Came Bronson (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

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