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Reed Hadley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Reed Hadley (June 25, 1911 – December 11, 1974) was an American movie, television and radio actor. Reed Hadley was born Reed Herring in Petrolia in Clay County near Wichita Falls, Texas, to Bert Herring, an oil well driller, and his wife Minnie. Hadley had one sister, Bess Brenner. He was reared in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Bennett High School in Buffalo and was involved in local theater with the Studio Arena Theater. Hadley and his wife, Helen, had one son, Dale. Before moving to Hollywood, he acted in Hamlet on stage in New York City. Throughout his thirty-five-year career in film, Hadley was cast as both a villain and a hero of the law, in such movies as The Baron of Arizona (1950), The Half-Breed (1952), Highway Dragnet (1954) and Big House, USA (1955). With his bass voice, he narrated a number of documentaries. He starred in two television series, Racket Squad (1950–1953) as Captain Braddock, and The Public Defender (1954–1955) as Bart Matthews, a fictional attorney for the indigent. Hadley also worked on the Red Ryder radio show during the 1940s, being the first actor to portray the title character. In films, among other things, he starred as Zorro in the 1939 serial Zorro's Fighting Legion. He is immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his television work. He was the voice of cowboy hero Red Ryder on radio and the narrator of several Department of Defense films: "Operation Ivy", about the first hydrogen bomb test, Ivy Mike, "Military Participation on Tumbler/Snapper"; "Military Participation on Buster Jangle"; and "Operation Upshot-Knothole" all of which were produced by Lookout Mountain studios. The films were originally intended for internal military use, but have been "sanitized", edited, and de-classified, and are now available to the public. During the period he narrated these films, Hadley held a Top Secret security clearance. Hadley also served as the narrator on various Hollywood films, including House on 92nd Street (1945), Call Northside 777 (1947) and Boomerang (1947). He died at age 63 on December 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, of a heart attack. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. Description above from the Wikipedia article Reed Hadley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

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Jun 25, 1911 In Petrolia, Clay County Texas, USA
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In the movie Hollywood Stadium Mystery 1938-02-21
Latest Project:
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller 2002-07-02
Known For
Poster of Rimfire
Poster of Circumstantial Evidence
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller Jesse James (archive footage) 2002-07-02
Movie Brain of Blood Amir 1971-08-01
Movie Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story Narrator 1971-12-31
Movie The Fabulous Bastard from Chicago Narrator (voice) 1969-06-01
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Movie The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Hymie Weiss 1967-06-30
Movie Young Dillinger Federal Agent Parker 1965-04-28
Movie Moro Witch Doctor Robert Collins 1964-11-01
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Big House, U.S.A. Special FBI Agent James Madden 1955-03-03
Movie Hazard House Television Host 1954-01-01
Movie Highway Dragnet Det. Lt. Joe White Eagle 1954-01-20
Series Public Defender 1954-03-11
Movie Kansas Pacific Bill Quantrill 1953-02-22
Movie Woman They Almost Lynched Bitterroot Bill Maris 1953-03-20
Movie The Half-Breed Frank Crawford 1952-05-03
Movie Operation Ivy Host / Narrator 1952-01-01
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Racket Squad 1951-06-07
Movie Insurance Investigator Chuck Malone 1951-03-23
Movie Little Big Horn Sgt. Maj. Peter Grierson 1951-06-15
Movie The Baron of Arizona John Griff 1950-03-04
Movie Riders of the Range Clint Burrows 1950-02-01
Movie Motor Patrol Detective Robert Flynn 1950-05-12
Movie The Killer That Stalked New York Narrator (uncredited) 1950-10-06
Movie The Return of Jesse James Frank James 1950-08-01
Movie Dallas Wild Bill Hickok 1950-12-30
Movie He Walked by Night Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 1949-02-05
Movie Rimfire The Abilene Kid 1949-03-25
Movie I Shot Jesse James Jesse James 1949-02-26
Movie Canon City Narrator, off-screen 1948-06-30
Movie Panhandle Matt Garson 1948-02-22
Movie Man from Texas Marshall Gregg 1948-03-06
Movie The Return of Wildfire Marty Quinn 1948-08-13
Movie Last of the Wild Horses Riley Morgan 1948-12-27
Movie Walk a Crooked Mile Narrator (voice) 1948-09-02
Movie Jungle Goddess Radio Newscaster (uncredited) 1948-08-13
Movie The Brasher Doubloon Dr. Moss (uncredited) 1947-02-06
Movie The Fabulous Texan Jessup 1947-11-09
Movie Boomerang! Off-Screen Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 1947-02-28
Movie Shock District Attorney O'Neill 1946-02-01
Movie The Dark Corner Lt Frank Reeves 1946-05-08
Movie The Razor's Edge Party Waiter (voice) (uncredited) 1946-11-19
Movie If I'm Lucky Jed Conklin, Magonnagle's Campaign Manager 1946-09-02
Movie The Caribbean Mystery Dr. Rene Marcel 1945-06-01
Movie A Bell for Adano Cmdr. Robertson 1945-06-21
Movie Circumstantial Evidence Prosecutor 1945-04-20
Movie The Last Bomb Narrator 1945-12-01
Movie Doll Face Flo Hartman 1945-12-31
Movie Leave Her to Heaven Dr. Mason 1945-12-25
Movie Roger Touhy, Gangster FBI Agent Boyden 1944-06-03
Movie Rainbow Island High Priest Kahuna 1944-10-05
Movie Home in Indiana Narrator in Opening Scene (uncredited) 1944-06-15
Movie Guadalcanal Diary War Correspondent/ Narrator 1943-01-01
Movie Happy Land Off-Screen Narrator 1943-11-10
Movie Wintertime Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited) 1943-09-17
Movie Arizona Terrors Jack Halliday aka Don Pedro 1942-01-13
Movie Sky Raiders Caddens 1941-04-08
Movie Ziegfeld Girl Geoffrey's Friend in Audience (Uncredited) 1941-04-25
Movie Adventures of Captain Marvel Rahman Bar 1941-03-28
Movie Appointment for Love Ferguson (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie I'll Wait for You Tony Berolli 1941-05-16
Movie Sea Raiders Carl Tonjes 1941-10-13
Movie Whistling in the Dark Beau Smith 1941-08-08
Movie I Take This Woman Bob Hampton 1940-02-01
Movie Meet the Wildcat Basso--Henchman 1940-10-22
Movie The Bank Dick Francois 1940-11-29
Movie Flight Command Admiral's Aide 1940-12-27
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Tom Crandell 1939-04-28
Movie Sergeant Madden Lawyer 1939-03-24
Movie Bachelor Mother Polly's First Dance Partner (uncredited) 1939-06-30
Movie Zorro's Fighting Legion Don Diego Vega and his alter ego Zorro 1939-12-16
Movie Stronger Than Desire Flagg's Party Guest (uncredited) 1939-06-30
Movie The Man from Montreal Ross Montgomery, aka L. R. Rawlins 1939-12-09
Movie Hollywood Stadium Mystery Ralph Mortimer 1938-02-21
Movie Sunset Murder Case Oliver Helton 1938-11-11
Movie Female Fugitive Bruce Dunning 1938-04-15
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