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Tim Reid

Reid at the Pentagon for the birthday observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2005
Born Timothy L. Reid
December 19, 1944 (1944-12-19) (age 65)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, director
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Rita Reid
(1967-May 9, 1980; divorced) 2 children
Daphne Maxwell Reid
(December 4, 1982-present)

Timothy L. "Tim" Reid[1] (born December 19, 1944) is an American actor, comedian and film director best known for his roles in prime time American television programs, such as WKRP in Cincinnati.

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Early years

Reid was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of Augustine (née Wilkins) and William Lee Reid.[1] He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Norfolk State College in 1968. Reid also became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.[2] After graduation he was hired by Dupont Corporation, where he worked for three years.[2]

Reid's entertainment career also began in 1968, under atypical circumstances. He and insurance salesman Tom Dreesen met at a Junior Chamber of Commerce meeting near Chicago.[3] They were "put together to promote an anti-drug program in the local schools" and, prompted by a comment from a child, decided to form a comedy team.[3] The team, later billed as "Tim & Tom", was the first interracial comedy duo. Years later, Reid and Dreesen co-wrote a book about those years called Tim & Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White (ISBN 978-0-226-70900-0, co-written with sports writer Ron Rapoport).

Television acting career

Reid started out on the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show.

Reid starred as DJ "Venus Flytrap" on the hit CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, in what is perhaps his best known TV role.

Reid also starred as Lieutenant Marcel Proust "Downtown" Brown (episodes 43-127), on the CBS detective series Simon & Simon.

In 1988, Reid won an award from Viewers for Quality Television Awards as "Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series" in Frank's Place. In 1988, the same role earned him an Image Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series."[4]

Reid appeared in the movie version of Stephen King's IT. He played the role of Mike Hanlon, the librarian at the Derry, Maine Public Library. Reid also made an appearance as Sgt. Ray Bennett of the Seacouver Police Department in three first-season episodes of Highlander: The Series.

He had a starring role in the series Sister Sister as Ray, for the entire six season run. On April 13, 2009, Reid returns to his former co-star Tamera Mowry on The short-lived ABC Family series Roommates. Reid plays Mr. Daniels, Hope's father in the episode "The Break In" in which Mowry played Hope Daniels.

He also had a recurring role on That '70s Show as William Barnett.

Directing

Reid has directed various television programs as well the film Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored based on a novel by Clifton L. Taulbert.

He directed and adapted a children's TV show called Bobobobs which aired in the late '80s.

Personal life

In 1967, Reid married Rita; they divorced on May 9, 1980. They have two children together: Tim Reid II (born 1968) and Tori Reid (born 1971). Since December 4, 1982, he has been married to actress Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1974 That's My Mama Rev. Armbruster Episode:"Clifton's Persuasion "
1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed Unity Dispatcher uncredited
Rhoda Kitchen Helper Ep."Guess Who I Saw Today"
1977 The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Show unknown
Fernwood 2 Night Matthew Johnson Ep."#1.43"
The Richard Pryor Show Blind Man Ep."#1.2"
Lou Grant Detective Ep."Hostages"
What's Happening!! Dr. Claymore Ep."It's All in Your Head"
Maude Policeman Ep."Maude's Christmas Surprise"
1978 ABC Weekend Specials Tillson Ep."Little Lulu"
WKRP in Cincinnati Venus Flytrap 83 episodes;1978-1983
1979 You Can't Take It with You Donald TV
1982 Benson Russell, Benson's Brother Ep."Thy Brother's Keeper"
1983 Teachers Only Michael Horne 5 episodes
Simon & Simon Det. Marcel 'Downtown' Brown 79 episodes;1983-87
1985 Code Name: Foxfire unknown Ep."Robin's Egg Blues"
1987 Matlock Danny Miller Ep."The Court-Martial: Part 1 and 2"
Frank's Place Frank Parish 22 episodes;1987-88
1989 Dead Bang Chief Dixon
Snoops Chance Dennis 4 episodes
1990 ABC TGIF Ray
The Fourth War Lt. Col. Clark
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Jack Barnett TV
Stephen King's It Mike Hanlon TV Movie
1991 Zorro Dr. Lorenzo Lozano Ep."Wicked, Wicked Zorro"
1992 You Must Remember This Joe TV
The New WKRP in Cincinnati Gordon Sim / Venus Flytrap Ep."Venus, We Hardly Knew Ya"
Mastergate Chip Chatworth TV
Highlander: The Series Sgt. Bennett 3 episodes;1992-93
1993 Say a Little Prayer Thug
1994 Sister, Sister Ray Campbell 119 episodes;1994-99
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Frederick Douglass
1995 Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again Downtown Brown
Out-of-Sync Det. Wilson
1997 Touched by an Angel Buddy Baker Ep."Last Call"
1998 Linc's Priest unknown episodes
1999 Just Deserts Scott Waring TV
2000 Alley Cats Strike Mayor McLemore TV
2002 Mu Sa Do Doorman 2
2003 You Wish! Larry TV
For Real Marc
2004-2006 That '70s Show William Barnett 9 episodes
2005 On the One Prophet
The Reading Room Douglas TV
2006 That's So Raven Sheriff Jefferson Ep."Driving Miss Lazy"
2007 Trade Hank Jefferson
2009 Roommates Mr. Stanley Daniels

References

External links

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Tim Reid
File:Tim Reid Army
Reid at the Pentagon for the birthday observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2005
Born Timothy L. Reid
December 19, 1944 (1944-12-19) (age 66)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, director
Years active 1974–present
Spouse Rita Reid
(1967-May 9, 1980; divorced) 2 children
Daphne Maxwell Reid
(December 4, 1982-present)

Timothy L. "Tim" Reid[1] (born December 19, 1944) is an American actor, comedian and film director best known for his roles in prime time American television programs, such as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-82), Marcel "Downtown" Brown on Simon & Simon (1983-87) and Ray Campbell on Sister, Sister (1994-99).

Contents

Early years

Reid was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of Augustine (née Wilkins) and William Lee Reid.[1] He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Norfolk State College in 1968. Reid also became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.[2] After graduation he was hired by Dupont Corporation, where he worked for three years.[2]

Reid's entertainment career also began in 1968, under atypical circumstances. He and insurance salesman Tom Dreesen met at a Junior Chamber of Commerce meeting near Chicago.[3] They were "put together to promote an anti-drug program in the local schools" and, prompted by a comment from a child, decided to form a comedy team.[3] The team, later billed as "Tim & Tom", was the first interracial comedy duo. Years later, Reid and Dreesen co-wrote a book about those years called Tim & Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White (ISBN 978-0-226-70900-0, co-written with sports writer Ron Rapoport).

Television acting career

Reid started out on the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show.

Reid starred as DJ "Venus Flytrap" on the hit CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, in what is perhaps his best known TV role.

Reid also starred as Lieutenant Marcel Proust "Downtown" Brown (episodes 43-127), on the CBS detective series Simon & Simon.

In 1988, Reid won an award from Viewers for Quality Television Awards as "Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series" in Frank's Place. In 1988, the same role earned him an Image Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series."[4]

Reid appeared in the movie version of Stephen King's IT. He played the role of Mike Hanlon, the librarian at the Derry, Maine Public Library. Reid also made an appearance as Sgt. Ray Bennett of the Seacouver Police Department in three first-season episodes of Highlander: The Series.

He had a starring role in the series Sister Sister as Ray, for the entire six season run. On April 13, 2009, Reid returns to his former co-star Tamera Mowry on The short-lived ABC Family series Roommates. Reid plays Mr. Daniels, Hope's father in the episode "The Break In" in which Mowry played Hope Daniels.

He also had a recurring role on That '70s Show as William Barnett.

Directing

Reid has directed various television programs as well the film Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored based on a novel by Clifton L. Taulbert.

He directed and adapted a children's TV show called Bobobobs which aired in the late '80s.

Personal life

In 1967, Reid married Rita; they divorced on May 9, 1980. They have two children together: Tim Reid II (born 1968) and Tori Reid (born 1971). Since December 4, 1982, he has been married to actress Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1974That's My MamaRev. ArmbrusterEpisode:"Clifton's Persuasion "
1976Mother, Jugs & SpeedUnity Dispatcher uncredited
RhodaKitchen Helper Ep."Guess Who I Saw Today"
1977The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Showunknown
Fernwood 2 Night Matthew Johnson Ep."#1.43"
The Richard Pryor ShowBlind ManEp."#1.2"
Lou GrantDetectiveEp."Hostages"
What's Happening!!Dr. Claymore Ep."It's All in Your Head"
Maude Policeman Ep."Maude's Christmas Surprise"
1978ABC Weekend SpecialsTillsonEp."Little Lulu"
WKRP in CincinnatiVenus Flytrap 83 episodes;1978-1983
1979You Can't Take It with YouDonaldTV
1982BensonRussell, Benson's BrotherEp."Thy Brother's Keeper"
1983Teachers OnlyMichael Horne 5 episodes
Simon & SimonDet. Marcel 'Downtown' Brown 79 episodes;1983-87
1985Code Name: FoxfireunknownEp."Robin's Egg Blues"
1987MatlockDanny MillerEp."The Court-Martial: Part 1 and 2"
Frank's PlaceFrank Parish22 episodes;1987-88
1989Dead BangChief Dixon
SnoopsChance Dennis 4 episodes
1990ABC TGIFRay
The Fourth War Lt. Col. Clark
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced SingerJack BarnettTV
Stephen King's ItMike HanlonTV Movie
1991Zorro Dr. Lorenzo Lozano Ep."Wicked, Wicked Zorro"
1992You Must Remember ThisJoeTV
The New WKRP in Cincinnati Gordon Sim / Venus FlytrapEp."Venus, We Hardly Knew Ya"
MastergateChip Chatworth TV
Highlander: The SeriesSgt. Bennett 3 episodes;1992-93
1993Say a Little PrayerThug
1994Sister, SisterRay Campbell 119 episodes;1994-99
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Frederick Douglass
1995Simon & Simon: In Trouble AgainDowntown Brown
Out-of-SyncDet. Wilson
1997Touched by an Angel Buddy Baker Ep."Last Call"
1998Linc'sPriestunknown episodes
1999Just DesertsScott WaringTV
2000Alley Cats Strike Mayor McLemore TV
2002Mu Sa DoDoorman 2
2003You Wish!LarryTV
For RealMarc
2004-2006That '70s ShowWilliam Barnett 9 episodes
2005On the OneProphet
The Reading RoomDouglasTV
2006That's So RavenSheriff JeffersonEp."Driving Miss Lazy"
2007TradeHank Jefferson
2009RoommatesMr. Stanley Daniels
2010TremeJudge

References

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