Herb Ellis (actor)

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Herbert "Herb" Ellis (born January 17, 1921) is an American character actor and writer. He is best known for his collaborations with Jack Webb, and he frequently portrayed law enforcement officers in film and television.[1]

Born Herbert Siegel in Cleveland, Ohio,[2] Ellis began his career in Hollywood in the late 1940s. Ellis and Webb together devised the name and concept for Dragnet[3] after collaborating on an unsuccessful project titled Joe Friday, Room Five.[4] He played Officer Frank Smith in eight episodes of the original Dragnet series. He played Frank La Valle in twenty-three episodes of the Jack Webb series The D.A.'s Man, and he played Beat bistro owner, painter and sculptor Wilbur in five episodes of Peter Gunn. Ellis and Webb later worked together on Dragnet 1966 and Dragnet 1967.

From 1959 to 1962, Ellis was cast as Dr. Dan Wagner in seven episodes of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper as a United States Navy physician, with Abby Dalton as nurse Martha Hale.

Married to Sylvia Siegel, Ellis has two children.

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  1. ^ Beck, Ken (March 16, 2003). Sgt. Friday had six sidekicks in 'Dragnet' web. The Tennesseean
  2. ^ Aaker, Everett (2011). Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters: All Regular Cast Nembers in American Crime and Mystery Series, 1948-1959. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-7864-6409-8. 
  3. ^ Nachman, Gerald (2000). Raised on Radio. University of California Press. p. 307. ISBN 9780520223035. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Buntin, John (2009). L.A. noir: the struggle for the soul of America's most seductive city. Random House, Inc., ISBN 978-0-307-35207-1

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