Alan Reed is most recognizable as the voice of a lovable cartoon character that always wears an orange cloth with black spots and a sky blue necktie. Reed was the voice of Fred Flintstone on “The Flintstones” cartoon during all six seasons of the show. He had also done voice acting for several other roles or premieres during his career. One of which happened to be “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
While his humorous voice of Fred saying “yabba dabba doo!” is hard not to recognize, Reed also appeared with his voice and body in several shows over the years.
He was one of many amusing guest stars that “The Beverly Hillbillies” featured on its sitcom over the years.
Alan Reed and ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’
If you were a fan of “The Beverly Hillbillies” while it was on, you may have recognized Reed’s voice first.
IMDb lists two different appearances by Alan Reed in “The Beverly Hillbillies.” The first was in 1964 where he played the manager of Johnny Poke, a popular rock ‘n’ roll artist on the show. He visits the Clampetts family when the rockstar is in town for the Hollywood Ball.
The episode was called “Teenage Idol.” He plays Eddie Colton, the boss of the Elvis look-a-like artist on the show.
In his second appearance four years later, Reed is Gene Booth. He is again a manager, but this time for two professional female wrestlers. Apparently, he was quite the managing figure to the casting directors of “The Beverly Hillbillies.” During part of his dialogue, he mentions appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
At the time, this television variety show was the most popular and sought out place for influential actors to appear.
His voice as a manager on the show is quite different than it was as the fun family-friendly caveman on “The Flintstones.” Something about his voice is still so distinctly recognizable.
In addition to “The Beverly Hillbillies,” Reed also appeared in human form in the 1967 “Batman,” “Peter Gunn,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and “Petticoat Junction.”
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During the ’40s and ’50s, Reed was a key Hollywood figure.
Alan Reed put a lot of work into his acting career. In fact, he is the master of over 22 foreign dialects. His unique and pleasant voice also made him quite popular on the radio.
Reed based the character on his grandfather. He found inspiration for the accent through his Galitzianer grandfather who was Ukrainian.
He had said in the past that he preferred radio rather than motion picture acting. When he passed away in 1977, Henry Corden took over the role. Corden played Fred Flintstone for nearly two decades.