( b. Jan 16, 1920 New York, New York, USA - d. Jun 21, 2013 Studio City, California, USA ) Male
Mr. Reid began his career in radio. Working in his teens on the “The March of Time,” he met Orson Welles, who invited him to join his new company, Mercury Theater. He made his Broadway debut, as the poet Cinna, in Mercury’s 1937 production of Julius Caesar and his film debut in 1940 in “The Ramparts We Watch,” a patriotic docudrama.
In “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” he played Ernie Malone, a private detective hired to investigate Lorelei Lee, played by Marilyn Monroe. He winds up falling in love with her best friend, played by Russell.
In other films Mr. Reid was Fred MacMurray’s self-important rival in the Disney comedy “The Absent-Minded Professor” (1961) and a small-town prosecutor in “Inherit the Wind” (1960).
His last feature film was the 1988 comedy “Young Einstein,” in which he played a guard at a mental hospital.
He worked most often in television, appearing on series like “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” in the 1950s; the satire “That Was the Week That Was” in the ’60s; “All in the Family” in the ’70s and “Designing Women” in the ’80s.
He also tried his hand behind the scenes, writing episodes of “Lou Grant,” “The Love Boat,“ “After MASH” and “Love, Sidney” in the 1980s.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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