Elliott Reid

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This article is about the radio and television actor. For the fictional character, see Elliot Reid.
Elliott Reid
Elliott Reid Pat Crowley 1959.jpg
Reid with actress Pat Crowley on an episode of Goodyear Theatre in 1959.
Born Edgeworth Blair Reid
(1920-01-16)January 16, 1920
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died June 21, 2013(2013-06-21) (aged 93)
Studio City, California, U.S.
Other names Ted Reid
Occupation Actor
Years active 1935–95

Elliott Reid (January 16, 1920 – June 21, 2013) was an American character actor from New York City.[1]


Edgeworth Blair Reid was born on January 16, 1920, the son of Christine Challenger Reid, an artist and Blair Reid, a banker.

In 1935, he debuted on the radio program The March of Time, which led to him working regularly on radio dramas during the Golden Age of radio. Early on he took "Elliott" as his stage name. His credits include among other, many Orson Welles-directed stage and radio productions, such as The Mercury Theatre on the Air and also acted on The Cavalcade of America, Theatre Guild on the Air, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Suspense, The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, and the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. In some early performances he was credited as "Ted Reid."

Reid’s best-known film role was as Ernie Malone, private detective hired to spy on Marilyn Monroe's character, only to become Jane Russell’s love interest, in the 20th Century-Fox classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Variety praised his and Tommy Noonan's performances, citing "Reid and Noonan carry off the romantic male spots nicely." [2]

A member of The Actors Studio from its inception,[3] Reid was a regular in NBC television's That Was the Week That Was (1964–65) and made guest appearances on Murder, She Wrote, The Odd Couple, I Love Lucy, Barney Miller, Small Wonder, Perry Mason and The Munsters.

Among his special skills, Elliot Reid was also an accomplished impressionist. He was so famous with his JFK impersonation that, in 1962, he was invited to perform it in front of John F. Kennedy himself. The president was happy with the performance.[4]

Reid played Professor Shelby Ashton in two Walt Disney movies starring Fred MacMurray: The Absent Minded Professor in 1961, and sequel Son of Flubber in 1963. Reid also played Ralph Hastings in Disney's 1966 movie Follow Me, Boys! He co-starred as Felix Unger in a road production of The Odd Couple with Dan Dailey as Oscar Madison during the late 1960s.

He also appeared in the Seinfeld episode "The Letter" from 1992 [1] [2].

His last role was as Henry on the episode: "Please Re-Lease Me" of the television sitcom, Maybe This Time. Reid subsequently retired in 1995. Elliott played the uncredited role of Miguel in the 2000 short film, "Scattering Mother" and then played the role of Buddy in the feature film, "Scattering Mother" in 2005.

Elliott Reid died from heart failure on June 21, 2013, at the age of 93. He had resided in an assisted living facility in Studio City where, according to his nephew, he had been living for the past few years.[1] Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea in the Pacific Ocean.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "PASSINGS: Michael Baigent, Elliott Reid, John L. Dotson Jr.". latimes.com. June 24, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ Variety, July, 1953
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947-1950". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. Also [in Lewis' class were] Henry Barnard, Jay Barney, John Becher, Philip Bourneuf, Joan Chandler, Peter Cookson, Stephen Elliott, Robert Emhardt, Joy Geffen, William Hansen, Will Hare, Jane Hoffman, George Keane, Don Keefer, George Matthews, Peggy Meredith, Ty Perry, Margaret Phillips, David Pressman, William Prince, Elliot Reid, Frances Reid, Kurt Richards, Elizabeth Ross, Thelma Schnee, Joshua Shelley, Fed Stewart, John Straub, Michael Strong, John Sylvester, Julie Warren, Mary Welch, Lois Wheeler, and William Woodson. 
  4. ^ "'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' Actor Elliott Reid Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. June 25, 2013. 

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