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Herb Ellis
Herb Ellis
Credits
Roles Charlie
Stranger
Agent W
Harry
Officer #2
Biographical Information
Birth Name Herbert Siegel
Birthdate January 17, 1921
Birthplace Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Death Date December 26, 2018 (age 97)
Death Place San Gabriel, California, United States[1]

Herb Ellis played five characters in the third through sixth seasons of Bewitched (1967-1969). In the episodes "Super Car" and "Samantha's Shopping Spree", he played his scenes with Dave Madden.

Biography[]

Herb Ellis was an American character actor. He helped Jack Webb create the legendary cop show Dragnet.

Herbert Siegel was born in Cleveland on January 17, 1921. He was an announcer and actor on many radio programs and worked with Jack Webb at a San Francisco radio station. They collaborated on the shows Pat Novak for Hire and Jeff Regan, Investigator, and Ellis eventually became one of the actor-producer's regulars.

Ellis played bistro owner Wilbur on the NBC-ABC crime drama Peter Gunn, created by Blake Edwards, and was the film director in the opening scene that sees Peter Sellers create havoc on his set in Edwards' 1960 comedy, The Party (1968). He also appeared in the filmmaker's What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966).

Other notable big-screen appearances came in Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956) and Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie (1966), and Ellis also had regular roles in the 1960s on the series Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper, and Peter Loves Mary.

Ellis later showed up on episodes of other series like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, The Fugitive, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, My Favorite Martian, Perry Mason and Sanford and Son. He also had a thriving career as a voiceover artist.

Jack Webb starred as LAPD Sergeant Joe Friday on Dragnet, which began on the radio in June 1949. He got the idea for the police procedural after working as a lab technician on the documentary-style film noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), starring Richard Basehart.

Webb and Ellis then wrote a pilot script called Joe Friday, Room 5. That show was not made, but it led to another series. "Dragnet was created at my dining room table," Ellis said in Gerald Nachman's 1998 book Raised on Radio.

When Dragnet made its way to NBC television in 1951, Ellis portrayed Officer Frank Smith opposite Webb on a handful of episodes. He also appeared in the 1954 big-screen version and worked for Webb in the 1955 feature Pete Kelly’s Blues, on NBC's The D.A.’s Man and on Dragnet again when it was revived in the '60s.

Herb Ellis died December 26, 2018, in San Gabriel, California. He was predeceased by his wife of seventy-three years, Sylvia, and son, Steven.[2]

Bewitched Credits[]

References[]

  1. Herbert Ellis on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on March 26, 2020.
  2. Barnes, Mike. "Herb Ellis, Actor and Jack Webb Collaborator on 'Dragnet,' Dies at 97", The Hollywood Reporter, January 2, 2019. Retrieved on March 26, 2020, edited.
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