Fred Aldrich (December 23, 1904 – January 25, 1979) was an American character actor of both film and television. He would break into the film industry in 1939, appearing in two films that year in small roles: My Son Is Guilty, and the notable, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, which starred Edward G. Robinson and George Sanders. In the course of his thirty-year career he would appear in over 170 films, in small and bit roles. With the advent of television, Aldrich would work in that medium as well, making his first small screen appearance on I Love Lucy, on which he would appear multiple times over the life of the series.
Over the course of his film career he would appear in such notable films as: Kitty Foyle (1940), starring Ginger Rogers and Dennis Morgan; 1945’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, starring George Sanders; Tycoon (1947), starring John Wayne and Laraine Day; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, with Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming; Young Man with a Horn, starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day; the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn vehicle, Pat and Mike (1952); again with Paul Newman in 1956’s Somebody Up There Likes Me; The Last Angry Man, starring Paul Muni; with Rock Hudson and Doris Day in Lover Come Back (1961); the spy spoof, Our Man Flint (1966), starring James Coburn; and 1967’s A Big Hand for the Little Lady, starring Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, and Jason Robards.
His television credits include appearances on such shows as The Rifleman, Have Gun – Will Travel, Bat Masterson, The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and Perry Mason. Aldrich died on January 25, 1979.