Carl Benton Reid
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|Carl Benton Reid|
Carl Benton Reid in The North Star (1943)
August 14, 1893|
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||March 16, 1973
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
|Years active||1929–1949 (stage)
|Spouse(s)||Hazel Harrison (until his death)|
Carl Benton Reid (August 14, 1893 – March 16, 1973) was an American actor.
For seven years, Reid performed in leading-man roles of productions at the Cleveland Play House. He achieved fame on the Broadway stage in 1939 as Oscar Hubbard, one of Regina Giddens's (Tallulah Bankhead) greedy, devious brothers in the play The Little Foxes, and made his film debut reprising his role opposite Bette Davis in the 1941 film version. He also appeared in several Shakespeare plays on Broadway, and in the original production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, as Harry Slade.
His stern, cold demeanor quickly stereotyped him in villainous, and/or unpleasant characters, although he could play a sympathetic role, as he did occasionally in such films as the 1957 TV-movie version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Here he played the Mayor of Middelburg, who unsuccessfully requests help from the Mayor of Hamelin (Claude Rains), when Hamelin is the victim of a flood. The flood leads to the famous plague of rats which invade Hamelin, and set the main plot in motion. He played the American Admiral, who is leading the peace talks between the Americans and Chinese during the Korean War in MGM's Pork Chop Hill. His last two roles came in 1966; as the judge in the film version of Madame X.
On television, Reid had the role of The Man in Amos Burke, Secret Agent. He made four guest appearances on Perry Mason during the show's nine-year run between 1957–66. His final television role was as Claude Townsend in the TV series The F.B.I..
Reid was married to actress Hazel Harrison, whom he met at the Cleveland Play House. They had a daughter, Shirley Jane.
On March 16, 1973, Reid died at his home in Studio City, California, at age 79. He was survived by his wife and his daughter.
- The Little Foxes (1941) – Oscar Hubbard
- Tennessee Johnson (1942) – Congressman Hargrove
- The North Star (1943) – Boris Simonov
- In a Lonely Place (1950)
- Convicted (1950)
- The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)
- The Flying Missile (1950)
- The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)
- The Great Caruso (1951)
- Smuggler's Gold (1951)
- The Family Secret (1951)
- Indian Uprising (1952)
- Boots Malone (1952)
- Carbine Williams (1952)
- The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
- Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
- Broken Lance (1954)
- The Egyptian (1954) – Senmut
- Athena (1954)
- Wichita (1955)
- The Left Hand of God (1955)
- The Spoilers (1955)
- The Last Wagon (1956)
- Battle Hymn (1957) – Deacon Edwards
- Spoilers of the Forest (1957) – John Mitchell
- Time Limit (1957) – Lt. Gen. J. Connors
- The Last of the Fast Guns (1958) – John Forbes
- Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958) – Dr. Sturdy
- The Trap (1959) – Sheriff Lloyd Anderson
- Pork Chop Hill (1959) – American Admiral at Peace Conference
- The Bramble Bush (1960) – Sam McFie
- The Gallant Hours (1960) – Vice-Adm. Robert Ghormley
- The Underwater City (1962) – Dr. Junius Halstead
- Pressure Point (1962) – Chief Medical Officer
- The Ugly American (1963) – Senator at Confirmation Hearing
- Madame X (1966) – The Judge
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