JR Reed (actor)

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JR Reed
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Reed performing live on stage.
Background information
Birth name Jason "JR" Reed
Born (1967-12-13) December 13, 1967 (age 48)
Corvallis, Oregon
Occupation(s) Actor, comedian, singer, theatre director
Years active 1991 - present
Website johnreedfamily.com/~leeofthed/

Jason "JR" Reed is an American actor and former musician, originally from Corvallis, Oregon. Reed has had roles in many motion pictures and has featured in a wide variety of commercial work. He is a former member of Tim Robbins' theater company The Actors' Gang, where he began his acting career, and won awards during his time there. Reed also fronted the band Trainwreck before they broke up in early 2011.

Early life[edit]

Reed was born in Corvallis, Oregon, but grew up in Las Vegas, NV where he graduated from Bonanza High School.[1] He would then move to Los Angeles after graduating.


Acting and Music[edit]

Reed enrolled in the UCLA School of Theater in 1987 and graduated in 1991.[2] He not long after that joined Tim Robbins' Actors Gang and his first production with the group was the 'Good Woman of Setzuan'.[3] JR met Kyle Gass and also notably knew Jack Black from UCLA previously, this lead for him to get the occupation as the roadie and Spider-Man at early Tenacious D concerts. In 1996, Reed's starred in his first film, The Shot. His Actors' Gang production "Kick Ass Militia" won the Backstage West Play Production of the Year award in 1997. In 1999, JR starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in 2000 featured in Tenacious D's TV series as "Lee". In 2001, Reed made appearances in Dead Last and The Anniversary Party and then in 2003 making appearances in the short, The Pick Up. In 2002, JR started a side-project band with Gass called Trainwreck. Reed also featured at "Wank" shows too in 2002.[4] He can be seen on The Complete Masterworks Tenacious D live DVD.

In 2005, Reed featured in a television special of Alias as well as having a part in Living with Fran. In 2006, Reed featured in the Tenacious D film, the Pick of Destiny, he also went on the world tour to support the album as "Satan" and "The Metal" amongst other roles, he would continue these roles at summer festivals a couple of years later, such as Reading and Leeds festivals 2008 and Outside Lands in 2009. He can be seen on The Complete Masterworks Part 2. In late 2009, Reed featured in the viral thanksgiving video, The Sexy Pilgrim and in 2010 Reed featured in Remington's "Keep It Hairy". In 2013, Reed featured as the lead role in "Campus Security", an Internet series, as well as featuring in an episode of Community. In 2014, Reed featured in Nickelodeon's Henry Danger. In 2015, he made his international film debut in the danish film Klown Forever as himself and the Battle Cat. In the fall of 2015, Reed's signature "The Metal" costume, used on the 2006-2007 world tour, was put on auction by Tenacious D in support of Josh Homme's Sweet Stuff Foundation, to raise funds for the victims and families of the November 2015 Paris attacks.[5]

Commercial work[edit]

Reed's career includes commercial work for Time Warner, Microsoft, TiVO, Carl's Jr, Hardees, Taco Bell, Silk Soy Milk, Tanqueray, Volkswagen, Planter's Nuts and Castrol Motor Oil.[6] His lead role in McDonald's "The Fish Is Back" Filet-O-Fish commercial went viral in 2010. He has also featured in Remington's "Keep it Hairy" and in Muscle Milk's "The Sexy Pilgrim" music videos, both of which feature Reed as the lead role. More recently, Reed featured in a commercial for hotels.com. In 2015, Reed featured in commercials for Rite Aid promoting flu treatment.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Reed lives in Los Angeles.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Shot Police Officer
1996 Scream, Teen, Scream! Tony
2000 Camera Obscura Bouncer
2001 Frank's Book Stoney Friend
2001 The Anniversary Party Party Guest
2003 The Pick Up Mick The Bartender
2003 Humanoid Mullet Man
2003 Johnny Kazoo Johnny Kazoo
2005 Captain Lou Albano's Birthday Slam Hulk Hogan
2006 Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny Lee
2007 What Ever Happened to Gavin Buckmaster? Randy
2008 Kung Fu Panda JR Shaw
2008 The 7th Claus Coop
2009 Other People's Parties Duane DuFresne
2009 Addicted to Facebook Group Leader
2010 Removal Mike
2010 Errand_boy Bo
2015 Klown Forever JR / Battle Cat


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Guard Episode: Choices
2000 The Adventures of Tenacious D Lee Episode: The Fan
2001 Dead Last Tom Trevino Episode: Laughlin It Up
2005 Living with Fran Rocker Dude Episode: The Concert
2005 Alias Lead CIA Agent Episode: Authorized Personnel Only: Part 2
2006 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross The Demon Series 11, Episode 14 (15 December 2006)
2006 American Music Awards Satan (21 November 2006)
2006 Saturday Night Live The Metal Series 32, Episode 7 (2 December 2006)
2006 Spike Video Game Awards The Metal (13 December 2006)
2007 Jimmy Kimmel Live Beelzeboss Series 5, Episode 24 (9 February 2007)
2008 Spike Video Game Awards The Anti-Video Game Devil (14 December 2008)
2013 Campus Security Karl Thompson
2013 Community Inspector Spacetime Episode: Conventions of Space and Time
2014 Henry Danger Ortho's Father Episode: Jasper Danger

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