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Patrick Reynolds
Born December 2, 1954 (1954-12-02) (age 55)
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Activist
Spouse(s) Alexandra Reynolds (2007-present)
Regine Wahl Reynolds (1983-1995)

Patrick Reynolds (born December 2, 1954, in Miami Beach, Florida) is an American anti-smoking activist and former actor.

He is the grandson of the tobacco company founder, R. J. Reynolds, and speaks of how he believes his family business has killed millions, including his own father and brother. A passionate adversary of the tobacco industry, he is in demand world-wide as a speaker on the subject of the dangers of smoking. He founded a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading his anti-tobacco message internationally. Reynolds was hired by the Health Ministry of Greece to speak against smoking in that country.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Alexandra and their son Jack, born October 23, 2009.


Partial filmography

Social Activism

In 1986, concerned by the increasing evidence about the health risks of smoking, Reynolds became an anti-smoking activist. His relationship to the tobacco industry gave him an instant platform, and he has since appeared on many national television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, The Phil Donahue Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Nightline, Extra and Entertainment Tonight. He has also testified before Congress on the health risks of smoking.

In 1989, Reynolds founded The Foundation for a Smokefree America. That same year, Reynolds published The Gilded Leaf, chronicling three generations of his family and its tobacco business. The book was re-issued in 2006 (ISBN 0-595-83831-6).

Former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop M.D., called him "one of the nation's most influential advocates of a smokefree America." He continues to speak regarding "anti-smoking" to groups, with a focus on high school and elementary school audiences.


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