David Fresco, a blacklisted film and TV character actor whose career was resurrected in the 1960s, died July 18 at home in Los Angeles after a short bout with cancer. He was 87.
After finding his stage legs in New York productions of “Once Upon a Tailor” and “Bell for Adano,” Fresco moved to Los Angeles and began his film career.
Fresco made his first film appearance in the 1949 RKO noir classic “The Setup” and appeared in many films of the 1950s, including the 1955 Academy Award winner, “Marty,” starring Ernest Borgnine.
After being cast in the 1956 film “You Can’t Run Away From It,” Fresco was pulled from the project and blacklisted because he refused to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Nearly a decade later, after the efforts of the McCarthy committee were exhausted, Fresco returned to acting as a TV character actor. He appeared on numerous TV series, including “Bewitched” and “Get Smart.”
In addition to his more recent appearances on “The X-Files,” “Murder One” and various other TV shows, Fresco reappeared onscreen in “Liar Liar” and “Diggstown.”
Survivors include his wife, two sons and two grandchildren.
Private services will be Aug. 3.