Four more times you saw Alan Reed on TV before The Flintstones

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You know Alan Reed as the voice of family caveman Fred Flintstone.

Reed voiced Fred for the entirety of the run of The Flintstones and contributed his talents to multiple spinoff projects involving the "Modern Stone Age Family."

According to this 2010 article, "Reed based his accent on the intonations of his Galitzianer grandfather of Ukrainian descent, who frequently quarreled with Reed's father, a Litvak who hailed from Lithuania."

Reed may have pulled his inspiration from his grandfather, but he molded that inspiration into a multitude of characters that popped up on programming that's made its appearance on the MeTV airwaves. Look at where we found Reed before he made his home in Bedrock. 

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1. Peter Gunn (1960), Mr. Garson

A restaurateur's luck takes a definite turn for the worse after he witnesses a gangland murder. Who's the mob boss out for blood in this delectable drama? None other than Reed himself! He indulges in a fresh pastry while scoping the restaurant. His words of advice? "No shootin' those police — they'll be on your heels for the rest of your life!"

2. The Beverly Hillbillies (1964, 1968)

Reed makes two appearances on The Beverley Hillbillies that may have slipped by your notice. The first, in 1964, involved Reed playing manger to rock 'n' roll idol Johnny Poke, who visits the Clampetts while in town to play the Hollywood Bowl. The second, in 1968, had Reed as Gene Booth, manager to two professional female wrestlers. They saw him as management, it seems.

3. Batman (1967), General MacGruder

When the opportunity to be on Batman arises, you take that opportunity! Reed certainly did when playing General McGruder in the season-two episode "Penguin Sets a Trend." Flattery can get you far in "The Hexagon," and the Penguin uses this on the general to gain access to Room X, a highly confidential space. But don't worry — it's all worth it for a 10-year contract!

4. Petticoat Junction (1968), The Bandit (a.k.a Mr. Lawson)

Reed gets to play the villain one more time in this Petticoat Junction appearance. Mr. Lawson has recently checked into the hotel but is not the quiet guest that he appears to be. It turns out that the string of robberies taking place in town began just after his arrival. Coincidence? Of course not!

SEE MORE: 5 times you saw Fred Flintstone in TV and movies while The Flintstones was on air

That's not all! Keep an eye out for him (and an ear out for Fred's voice) in The Dick Van Dyke Show and more! READ MORE

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Pacificsun 10 days ago
Wow. I missed him in all those other TV shows. What a chameleon type actor! Bravo!
EricFuller 11 days ago
He also appeared on an episode of Make Room For Daddy (Danny Thomas Show) as a childhood friend of Danny's.
DarioWiter 12 days ago
Reed's appearance as a wrestling manager on The Beverly Hillbillies happened in 1966, not 1968.
cperrynaples 12 days ago
There is one great lost performance not mentioned: Pasquale on Life With Luigi! Reed did many voices on radio, but his role as an Italian immigrant who wants the title character to marry his obese daughter is best remembered. A TV version was attempted in 1952, and even ran after Lucy! Despite big ratings, Reed was fired for perpetuating a negative stereotype! Ironically, the show was later moved to Thursday, where incredibly it was paired with Amos 'N Andy, a show even more un-PC!
PS Didn't Wilma also visit Hooterville?
Lantern cperrynaples 11 days ago
Yes, I love Life with Luigi on the satellite radio channel!
cperrynaples Lantern 11 days ago
I've heard a few shows, you can't mistake that voice!!
DarrylHeine 12 days ago
Alan Reed also voiced J.J. Keebler in 1960's TV commercials for Keebler cookies.
Maybe some Elfin Magic will bring Magic Middles back someday.
cperrynaples Utzaake 12 days ago
Yes, and he was replaced by Ernie, voiced over by Parley Baer [TAGS, etal]!
Lantern cperrynaples 7 days ago
Parley Baer, none other than Chester Proudfoot on the radio Gunsmoke!
cperrynaples Lantern 7 days ago
Yep, Doc was Floyd the barber and Matt was William Conrad [better known as Cannon]!
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