Reynolds in the film
Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal
April 4, 1923
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Actor, producer, writer and director
(1979-present; 1 son)
For the Louisiana politician, see
Gene Reynolds (Louisiana politician).
Gene Reynolds (born April 4, 1923) is a former American actor turned award-winning television writer, director, and producer. He is notably known for being one of the producers of the popular TV series . M*A*S*H
Early life [ edit ]
He was born
Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal on April 4, 1923 to Frank Eugene Blumenthal and Maude Evelyn Blumenthal in Cleveland, Ohio, he was raised in Detroit, Michigan, where his father Frank was a businessman and entrepreneur. [1 ]
Acting career [ edit ]
He made his screen debut in the 1934
Our Gang short , and for the next three decades made numerous appearances in films such as Washee Ironee (1937), In Old Chicago (1937), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1937), Captains Courageous (1938), Boys Town (1939), They Shall Have Music (1942) and Eagle Squadron (1954) and on television series like The Country Girl , I Love Lucy , Armstrong Circle Theatre , and Whirlybirds . Hallmark Hall of Fame
Behind the Scenes career [ edit ]
In 1957, Reynolds joined forces with
Frank Gruber and James Brooks to create for Tales of Wells Fargo NBC. During the program's five-year run he wrote and directed numerous episodes. Additional directing credits include multiple episodes of , Leave It to Beaver , The Andy Griffith Show , The Farmer's Daughter , My Three Sons , F Troop , Hogan's Heroes , and Room 222 . Many Happy Returns
As a writer, director, and producer, Reynolds was involved with two highly successful
CBS series in the 1970s and early 1980s. Between 1972 and 1983, he produced 121 episodes of , for which he wrote eleven episodes and directed twenty-four. During that same period, he produced twenty episodes of M*A*S*H , for which he wrote (or co-wrote) four episodes and directed eleven. Lou Grant
Reynolds has been nominated for twenty-four
Emmy Awards and won six times, including Outstanding Comedy Series for M*A*S*H and Outstanding Drama Series twice for Lou Grant, which also earned him a Humanitas Prize. He won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series twice for his work on M*A*S*H and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Drama Series once for his work on Lou Grant.
Reynolds was elected President of the
Directors Guild of America in 1993, a post he held for four years until 1997.
Personal life [ edit ]
Reynolds was married to actress Bonnie Jones from 1967 until 1976, when the couple divorced. He and his current wife Ann married in 1979 and have one son, Andrew.
Selected filmography [ edit ]
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