Tim Reid

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Tim Reid
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Reid speaking at the USDA Black History Month celebration in 2012
BornTimothy L. Reid
(1944-12-19) December 19, 1944 (age 69)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, director
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Rita Reid
(1967-May 9, 1980; divorced) 2 children
Daphne Maxwell (December 4, 1982-present); 2 children
 
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Tim Reid
Tim Reid at USDA Black History Month celebration.jpg
Reid speaking at the USDA Black History Month celebration in 2012
BornTimothy L. Reid
(1944-12-19) December 19, 1944 (age 69)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, director
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Rita Reid
(1967-May 9, 1980; divorced) 2 children
Daphne Maxwell (December 4, 1982-present); 2 children

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), Ray Campbell on Sister, Sister (1994–99) and William Barnett on That '70s Show (2004-2006). Reid starred in a CBS series, Frank's Place, as a professor who inherits a Louisiana restaurant.

Early years[edit]

Timmy Reid was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in the Crestwood area of Chesapeake, Virginia, formerly Norfolk County, 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. After graduation he was hired by Dupont Corporation, where he worked for three years.[2]

Reid's entertainment career also began in 1968. 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 and Tom", was the first interracial comedy duo. Years later,[when?] 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).[citation needed]

Television acting career[edit]

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 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 epic horror novel It. He played the role of Mike Hanlon, librarian at the Derry, Maine Public Library. Though he admitted having a great time working on the project, Reid later expressed his disappointment with the fact that his character was absent from the climatic showdown against the titular villain (played by Tim Curry). He 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 appeared opposite former co-star Tamera Mowry on the short-lived ABC Family series Roommates as Mr. Daniels. Reid had a recurring role on That '70s Show as William Barnett.[citation needed]

Directing[edit]

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 1980s. Reid is the creator of Stop the Madness, an after school special video in the fight against drugs recorded on December 11, 1985.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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. Reid was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on Sunday November 14, 2010. He was named to the board of directors of the American Civil War Center in July 2011 at Tredegar Iron Works.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1974That's My MamaRev. ArmbrusterEpisode:"Clifton's Persuasion "
1976Mother, Jugs & SpeedUnity Dispatcheruncredited
RhodaKitchen HelperEp."Guess Who I Saw Today"
1977The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Showunknown
Fernwood 2 NightMatthew JohnsonEp."#1.43"
The Richard Pryor ShowBlind ManEp."#1.2"
Lou GrantDetectiveEp."Hostages"
What's Happening!!Dr. ClaymoreEp."It's All in Your Head"
MaudePolicemanEp."Maude's Christmas Surprise"
1978ABC Weekend SpecialsTillsonEp."Little Lulu"
WKRP in CincinnatiVenus Flytrap83 episodes;1978-1983
1979You Can't Take It with YouDonaldTV
1982BensonRussell, Benson's BrotherEp."Thy Brother's Keeper"
1983Teachers OnlyMichael Horne5 episodes
Simon & SimonDet. Marcel 'Downtown' Brown79 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 Dennis4 episodes
1990ABC TGIFRay
The Fourth WarLt. Col. Clark
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced SingerJack BarnettTV
Stephen King's ItMike HanlonTV Movie
1991ZorroDr. Lorenzo LozanoEp."Wicked, Wicked Zorro"
1992You Must Remember ThisJoeTV
The New WKRP in CincinnatiGordon Sim / Venus FlytrapEp."Venus, We Hardly Knew Ya"
MastergateChip ChatworthTV
Highlander: The SeriesSgt. Bennett3 episodes;1992–93
1993Say a Little PrayerThug
1994Sister, SisterRay Campbell119 episodes;1994–99
Race to Freedom: The Underground RailroadFrederick Douglass
1995Simon & Simon: In Trouble AgainDowntown Brown
Out-of-SyncDet. Wilson
1996Once Upon a Time... When We Were ColoredDirectorDebut as a film director
1997Touched by an AngelBuddy BakerEp."Last Call"
1998Linc'sPriestunknown episodes
1999Just DesertsScott WaringTV
2000Alley Cats StrikeMayor McLemoreTV
2002Mu Sa DoDoorman 2
2003You Wish!LarryTV
For RealMarc
2004-2006That '70s ShowWilliam Barnett9 episodes
2005On the OneProphet
The Reading RoomDouglasTV
2006That's So RavenSheriff JeffersonEp."Driving Miss Lazy"
2007TradeHank Jefferson
2009RoommatesMr. Stanley Daniels
2010TremeJudge

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tim Reid profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  2. ^ Tim Reid profile, Museum of Broadcast Communications website; accessed January 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b WKRP vet Reid, standup Dreesen's previous life, an October 2008 CNN article
  4. ^ Tim Reid profile; accessed November 26, 2007.

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