Alex Reid (screenwriter)
Life and career
He was born in South Carolina to Wayne, a retired engineer, and Sue Reid, but spent most of his childhood in Melbourne, Florida where he graduated at Melbourne High School. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in computer engineering in 1982. Shortly after graduating, he started working at a San Francisco-based computer chip company but was not happy working there.
Interested with show business, he performed at a San Francisco comedy club during an open-mic night. He struggled building a comedy career so much that he went five years without car insurance. However, he was inspired to continue trying after attending a Jerry Seinfeld show in New York. Before becoming a screenwriter in 1996, he worked at a New Hampshire dog track and a stationery store. After years of submitting TV scripts and writing for shows including The Gregory Hines Show, Over the Top and The Brian Benben Show, his first big break was God, the Devil and Bob in 2000 but the show was soon cancelled. However, through this show, he met one of the show's producers, Linwood Boomer, who would later create Malcolm in the Middle. With this connection, Reid was hired as a writer and producer. He won the 2001 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Bowling". In a news article, his mother said the episode was inspired by the 1998 film Sliding Doors starring Gwyneth Paltrow, which has a similar storyline.
He also directed Malcolm in the Middle, The Middle, and Kenan & Kel. He leads a private life and refuses to reveal his exact age but news articles suggest he was born sometime in the 1960s. One of the producers for Malcolm in the Middle, Bob Stevens, described him as "one of the funniest guys in the room, but also...a real sense of character and story. Alex is really an all-around talented writer".
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