Sam Freed (born August 29, 1948 York, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American actor who has performed on Broadway and television and in movies. His first major regular role on television was as Bob Barsky in the last three seasons of Kate & Allie. In the short-lived series Ferris Bueller, he played Bill Bueller, the father of the title character. He also portrayed James C. Whiting III, the executive editor of The Baltimore Sun, in the fifth and final season of The Wire. He is married to actress Barrie Youngfellow, who co-starred in the 1980s ABC-TV/syndicated sitcom series It's a Living.