JR Reed (actor)
Reed performing live on stage.
|Birth name||Jason "JR" Reed|
December 13, 1967 |
|Occupation(s)||Actor, comedian, singer, theatre director|
|Years active||1991 - present|
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.
Acting and Music
Reed enrolled in the UCLA School of Theater in 1987 and graduated in 1991. He not long after that joined Tim Robbins' Actors Gang and his first production with the group was the 'Good Woman of Setzuan'. 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. 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.
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. 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.
|1996||The Shot||Police Officer|
|1996||Scream, Teen, Scream!||Tony|
|2001||Frank's Book||Stoney Friend|
|2001||The Anniversary Party||Party Guest|
|2003||The Pick Up||Mick The Bartender|
|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|
|2015||Klown Forever||JR / Battle Cat|
|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|