April 19, 1930 |
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Carla Kenyon (1957-1972) (divorced) (3 children)
Jerrlyn Hamilton (2000-present)
|Relatives||Rex Reason brother|
Reason made his acting start at the age of eighteen in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Charles Laughton. He has appeared in over 230 roles in television, movies, and stage works.
On October 15, 1957, Reason had a major part in the episode "Strange Land" of the ABC/Warner Brothers 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.
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.
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.