Reynolds in the film Gallant Sons, 1940
Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal
April 4, 1923
|Died||February 3, 2020 (aged 96)|
|Spouse(s)||Bonnie Jones |
(m. 1967; div. 1976)
(m. 1979; his death 2020)
|Awards||2 Primetime Emmy Awards|
2 Directors Guild Awards
Writers Guild of America Award
Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal (April 4, 1923 – February 3, 2020), better known as Gene Reynolds, was an American actor, television writer, director, and producer. He was one of the producers of the TV series M*A*S*H.
Reynolds was born on April 4, 1923, to Frank Eugene Blumenthal, a businessman and entrepreneur, and Maude Evelyn (Schwab) Blumenthal, a model, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was of Jewish heritage. Reynolds was raised in Detroit initially, and then the family relocated to Los Angeles in 1934. Reynolds served in the United States Navy during World War II.
He made his screen debut in the 1934 Our Gang short Washee Ironee, and for the next three decades made numerous appearances in films such as In Old Chicago (1937), Captains Courageous (1937), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Boys Town (1938), They Shall Have Music (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Adventure in Washington (1941), Eagle Squadron (1942) and The Country Girl (1954) and on television series like I Love Lucy, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Whirlybirds, and Hallmark Hall of Fame. He was contracted to MGM between 1937 and 1940.
Directing and writing
In 1957, Reynolds joined forces with Frank Gruber and James Brooks to create Tales of Wells Fargo for NBC. During the program's five-year run he wrote and directed numerous episodes. Additional directing credits include multiple episodes of Leave It to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, The Farmer's Daughter, My Three Sons, F Troop, Hogan's Heroes, Room 222, and Many Happy Returns.
As a writer, director, and producer, Reynolds was involved with two highly successful CBS series in the 1970s and early 1980s. Between 1972 and 1983, he produced 120 episodes of M*A*S*H, which he co-created with Larry Gelbart, and for which he also wrote 11 episodes and directed 24. During that same period, he produced 22 episodes of Lou Grant, for which he wrote (or co-wrote) five episodes and directed 11.
Reynolds has been nominated for twenty-four Emmy Awards and won six times, including Outstanding Comedy Series for M*A*S*H and Outstanding Drama Series twice for Lou Grant, which also earned him a Humanitas Prize. He won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series twice for his work on M*A*S*H and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Drama Series once for his work on Lou Grant.
Reynolds was married to actress-turned-author Bonnie Jones, who appeared in five episodes of M*A*S*H as Lt. Barbara Bannerman, from 1972 until 1975, when the couple divorced. He and his second wife, actress Ann Sweeny, who also appeared on M*A*S*H as Nurse Carrie Donovan in two episodes, married in 1979 and have one son, Andrew Reynolds.
|1934||Babes in Toyland||Boy||Uncredited|
|1935||Transient Lady||Young boy||Uncredited|
|The Calling of Dan Matthews||Tommy's friend||Uncredited|
|1936||Too Many Parents||Cadet||Uncredited|
|Sins of Man||Karl Freyman as a boy|
|Thank You, Jeeves!||Bobby Smith|
|1937||Captains Courageous||Boy in print shop||Uncredited|
|The Californian||Ramon as a child|
|Madame X||Raymond Fleuriot (age 12–14)||Uncredited|
|Thunder Trail||Richard Ames (age 14)||Uncredited|
|1938||In Old Chicago||Dion O'Leary as a boy|
|Of Human Hearts||Jason Wilkins as a child|
|Love Finds Andy Hardy||Jimmy McMahon|
|The Crowd Roars||Tommy McCoy as a boy|
|Boys Town||Tony Ponessa|
|1939||The Spirit of Culver||Carruthers|
|The Flying Irishman||Clyde 'Douglas' Corrigan|
|They Shall Have Music||Frankie|
|Bad Little Angel||Tommy Wilks|
|1940||The Blue Bird||Studious boy|
|Edison, the Man||Jimmy Price|
|The Mortal Storm||Rudi Roth|
|Gallant Sons||Johnny Davis|
|Santa Fe Trail||Jason Brown|
|1941||Andy Hardy's Private Secretary||Jimmy McMahon|
|Adventure in Washington||Marty Driscoll|
|1942||Junior G-Men of the Air||Eddie Holden|
|The Tuttles of Tahiti||Ru|
|Eagle Squadron||The kid|
|1948||Jungle Patrol||Lt. Marion Minor|
|1949||The Big Cat||Wid Hawks|
|Slattery's Hurricane||Control tower operator||Uncredited|
|1953||99 River Street||Chuck|
|1954||Prisoner of War||Capt. Richard Collingswood||Uncredited|
|Down Three Dark Streets||Vince Angelino|
|The Country Girl||Larry|
|The Bridges at Toko-Ri||C.I.C. officer|
|1955||The McConnell Story||B-17 pilot||Uncredited|
|The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit||Soldier||Uncredited|
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- "Archive of American Television Interview with Gene Reynolds, Chapter 1". Archive of American Television. August 22, 2000. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
- "Two Veterans of Show Business Reunited on 'Hennesey" Series". Jefferson City Post Tribune. March 4, 1960. p. 13. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
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- Koseluk, Chris. "Gene Reynolds, Creative Architect Behind 'M*A*S*H' and 'Lou Grant,' Dies at 96". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
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- Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. pp. 242–250. ISBN 1476613702.
- Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 116.
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