Rhodes Reason

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Rhodes Reason
Cast photo Bus Stop.jpg
Ransom at right as the sheriff with Marilyn Maxwell and Joan Freeman in Bus Stop
Born (1930-04-19)April 19, 1930
Glendale, California, U.S.
Died December 26, 2014(2014-12-26) (aged 84)
Palm Springs, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1951-1977
Spouse(s) Carla Kenyon (1957-1972) (divorced) (3 children)
Jerrlyn Hamilton (2000-until his death)
Relatives Rex Reason brother

Rhodes Reason (April 19, 1930 – December 26, 2014) was an American actor. He was the brother of actor Rex Reason.

Film and television career[edit]

Reason made his acting start at the age of eighteen in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Charles Laughton. He appeared in over 230 roles in television, movies and stage works.

His notable starring roles included King Kong Escapes (1967) and the television series White Hunter (1958), and as Sheriff Will Mayberry in the ABC drama series Bus Stop with Marilyn Maxwell and Richard Anderson.

In 1956, Reason was cast as Chuck Wilson in "Rodeo Round-Up" and as Kinnard in "Dust of Destruction", episodes of Kirby Grant's western aviation adventure series, Sky King.

On October 15, 1957, Reason had a major part in the episode "Strange Land" of the ABC/Warner Bros. western series, Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins. Reason played Burr Fulton, a hired gunman who takes over the management of a ranch owned by the aging and bitter Cash Billings, portrayed by Morris Ankrum. Sugarfoot arrives to bring law and justice to the situation. Jan Chaney plays Billings' daughter, Anne, who takes a liking to Sugarfoot and an aversion to Fulton.[1]

In 1958, Reason was cast as Black Jack in the episode "The Homesteaders" of the syndicated western series set in the Arizona Territory, Frontier Doctor, starring Rex Allen.

In 1960, Reason appeared as Ben Thompson in the episode "Appointment in Agoura" in another ABC/WB western series, Colt .45. Chris Robinson appeared in the guest cast as Cal Sanger. In the story line, Thompson is targeted by the Sanger gang after he shot its youngest member in self-defense.[2]

Reason also guest starred on Tales of the Texas Rangers, Death Valley Days (1952), Maverick (1957 episode "Ghost Rider" with James Garner), Tombstone Territory (1957 episode "Ambush at Gila Gulch"), Perry Mason as Martin Eldridge in the 1966 episode, "The Case of the Bogus Buccaneers", 77 Sunset Strip (1958), Bourbon Street Beat (1960), The Time Tunnel (1966), The Big Valley (the episode "Plunder" in 1967), Star Trek (in the 1968 episode "Bread and Circuses"), and Here's Lucy (1968).

His feature film appearances include Yellowstone Kelly (1959, with Clint Walker) and A Fever in the Blood (1961). In the early 1980s, he starred in the Broadway musical Annie, playing Daddy Warbucks for nearly three years.

Reason died on December 26, 2014 of lymphoma, aged 84.[3]


  1. ^ ""The Strange Land", October 15, 1957". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Rest in Peace: Rhodes Reason

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