Gordon Reid (actor)

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Gordon Reid
Born James Gordon Reid
(1939-06-08)8 June 1939
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died 26 November 2003(2003-11-26) (aged 64)
Finborough Theatre, Earls Court, London
Occupation Actor

James Gordon Reid (8 June 1939 – 26 November 2003)[1][2][3] was a Scottish actor.

Reid was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Educated at the former Hamilton Academy he then trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating in 1962 with the Silver Medal for Acting.

His extensive acting credits included the chemist Angus Livingstone on the television series Doctor Finlay from 1993-1996. Other television credits included Doctor Who, Peak Practice, Lovejoy, and Taggart. Films included Leon the Pig Farmer (1992), The Others and Mansfield Park. On stage, he spent three years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and played in the West End production of Me And My Girl. A major radio credit was as Angel Two in the BBC serialisation of James Follett's Earthsearch dramas.

He collapsed and died on stage at the Finborough Theatre at Earls Court, London on the evening of 26 November 2003 halfway through Act Two of a performance of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in the role of Vladimir, aged 64.[2][3]


  1. ^ Some databases such as at IMDb and BFI claim his birth date was 6 September 1939; Find A Grave claimed a 9 June 1939 birthdate)
  2. ^ a b Lee, Jenny (15 December 2003). "Gordon Reid". The Independent. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Gordon Reid". The Telegraph. 6 December 2003. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 

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