In 2017 while visiting Plains, Georgia, Fred Burrell (right) and his wife, India Cooper (left) encountered former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in their home church in Plains. Burrell and Cooper used a photo of them with the Carters on their Christmas card last year.
In 2017 while visiting Plains, Georgia, Fred Burrell (right) and his wife, India Cooper (left) encountered former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in their home church in Plains. Burrell and Cooper used a photo of them with the Carters on their Christmas card last year.
Retired stage, television and movie actor Fred Burrell died Monday at his home in downtown Madison. He was 81.

He and his wife moved to Madison in 2007.

Burrell’s nearly 50-year career as an actor included parts in the television series “Law & Order,” in which he played an expert in 1998 and Phil Lamar from 1998 to 2005.

In movies, he played such roles as Commissioner Rudy in “We Own the Night” (2007), man in hotel in “Klute” (1971), a teacher in “Shoot It: Black, Shoot It: Blue” (1979) and IU Reporter #2 in “Kinsey” (2004), which was based on the work of sexologist Alfred Kinsey at Indiana University.

His Broadway plays included “The Right Kind of People” (2006); the original Broadway production of “Judgment at Nuremberg” (2001), in which he played Judge Ives; the Broadway revival of “Inherit the Wind” (1996), in which he played Dunlap; and the original Broadway production of “Illva Darling” (1967), in which he played a drama critic.

Burrell grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. From there, he moved to New York City.

The funeral service will be at a later date in New York City.