Maxwell Reed

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Maxwell Reed
Actor Maxwell Reed.jpg
Autographed publicity still
Born (1919-04-02)2 April 1919
Larne, Ireland
Died 16 August 1974(1974-08-16) (aged 55)
London, England
Cause of death Cancer
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1946–1966
Spouse(s) Joan Collins
(1952–1956; divorced)

Maxwell Reed (2 April 1919 – 16 August 1974) was a Northern Irish actor [1] who became a matinee idol in several British films during the 1940s and 1950s.[2] His early years included work as a merchant seaman and minor stage experience in Ireland and London, before being auditioned by Rank and joining 'The Company of Youth’ at the age of 27.[3]

Reed moved to the U.S. in the late 1950s and portrayed the title role in the 1950s television series Captain David Grief, which was based on short stories by Jack London. He also made three films in the U.S. and appeared as a guest star in television series such as Bonanza, Perry Mason and Daniel Boone.[4]

He was the first husband of actress Joan Collins, who he married on 24 May 1952. The marriage ended in divorce in 1956.[citation needed]

He died from cancer, aged 55, in London.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ Wintle, Angela. "Joan Collins: My family values". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  2. ^ Born: 2 April 1919, LarneDied: 31 October 1974. "Maxwell Reed | BFI". Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  3. ^ "The Forgotten Man: The Films of Maxwell Reed". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Maxwell Reed movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography". AllMovie. 1974-08-16. Retrieved 2014-08-26.