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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.​

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.​

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 87

Birthday 1911-06-25

Day of Death 1974-12-11

Place of Birth Petrolia, Clay County Texas, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2002 The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller as Jesse James (archive footage)
1971 Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story as Narrator
1971 Brain of Blood as Amir
1969 The Fabulous Bastard from Chicago as Narrator (voice)
1967 Hondo (1 episode)
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre as Hymie Weiss
1965 Green Acres (1 episode)
1965 Young Dillinger as Federal Agent Parker
1964 Moro Witch Doctor as Robert Collins
1959 Tightrope (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (1 episode)
1958 The Texan (4 episodes)
1958 Sea Hunt (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1955 Navy Log (1 episode)
1955 Big House, U.S.A. as Special FBI Agent James Madden
1954 Public Defender (69 episodes)
1954 Highway Dragnet as Det. Lt. Joe White Eagle
1954 Hazard House as Television Host
1953 Woman They Almost Lynched as Bitterroot Bill Maris
1953 Kansas Pacific as Bill Quantrill
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 The Half-Breed as Frank Crawford
1952 Operation Ivy as Host / Narrator
1951 Little Big Horn as Sgt. Maj. Peter Grierson
1951 Racket Squad (99 episodes)
1951 Insurance Investigator as Chuck Malone
1950 Dallas as Wild Bill Hickok
1950 The Killer That Stalked New York as Narrator (uncredited)
1950 The Return of Jesse James as Frank James
1950 Motor Patrol as Detective Robert Flynn
1950 The Baron of Arizona as John Griff
1950 Riders of the Range as Clint Burrows
1949 Rimfire as The Abilene Kid
1949 I Shot Jesse James as Jesse James
1949 He Walked by Night as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1948 Last of the Wild Horses as Riley Morgan
1948 Walk a Crooked Mile as Narrator (voice)
1948 Jungle Goddess as Radio Newscaster (uncredited)
1948 The Return of Wildfire as Marty Quinn
1948 Canon City as Narrator, off-screen
1948 Man from Texas as Marshall Gregg
1948 Panhandle as Matt Garson
1947 The Fabulous Texan as Jessup
1947 Boomerang! as Off-Screen Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1947 The Brasher Doubloon as Dr. Moss (uncredited)
1946 The Razor's Edge as Party Waiter (voice) (uncredited)
1946 If I'm Lucky as Jed Conklin, Magonnagle's Campaign Manager
1946 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog as Mike Valentine
1946 The Dark Corner as Lt Frank Reeves
1946 Shock as District Attorney O'Neill
1945 Doll Face as Flo Hartman
1945 Leave Her to Heaven as Dr. Mason
1945 Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomb Loading Procedures as Tactics Colonel
1945 The Last Bomb as Narrator
1945 The House on 92nd Street as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1945 A Bell for Adano as Cmdr. Robertson
1945 The Caribbean Mystery as Dr. Rene Marcel
1945 Circumstantial Evidence as Prosecutor
1944 Rainbow Island as High Priest Kahuna
1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster as FBI Agent Boyden
1944 Home in Indiana as Narrator in Opening Scene (uncredited)
1944 Primary Flight Training: Flight Sense as First Dive-bomber Pilot
1943 Happy Land as Off-Screen Narrator
1943 Wintertime as Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
1943 Guadalcanal Diary as War Correspondent/ Narrator
1942 Arizona Terrors as Jack Halliday aka Don Pedro
1941 Sea Raiders as Carl Tonjes
1941 Whistling in the Dark as Beau Smith
1941 I'll Wait for You as Tony Berolli
1941 Ziegfeld Girl as Geoffrey's Friend in Audience (uncredited)
1941 Sky Raiders as Caddens
1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel as Rahman Bar
1940 Flight Command as Admiral's Aide
1940 The Bank Dick as Francois
1940 Meet the Wildcat as Basso--Henchman
1940 I Take This Woman as Bob Hampton
1939 Zorro's Fighting Legion as Don Diego Vega and his alter ego Zorro
1939 The Man from Montreal as Ross Montgomery, aka L. R. Rawlins
1939 Bachelor Mother as Polly's First Dance Partner (uncredited)
1939 Stronger Than Desire as Flagg's Party Guest
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as Tom Crandell
1939 Sergeant Madden as Lawyer
1938 Sunset Murder Case as Oliver Helton
1938 Female Fugitive as Bruce Dunning
1938 Hollywood Stadium Mystery as Ralph Mortimer

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