Richard Reeves (actor)

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Richard Reeves
Born Richard Jourdan Reeves
(1912-08-10)August 10, 1912
New York City, New York, United States
Died March 17, 1967(1967-03-17) (aged 54)
Northridge, Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active 1943-1967

Richard Reeves (August 10, 1912 – March 17, 1967), also billed as Dick Reeves, was an American character actor best known for playing henchmen and thugs. He performed in hundreds of film and television roles between the 1940s and 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Richard Jourdan Reeves grew up in an affluent section of Queens, New York, the elder of two children of bank executive Walter Reeves and his wife, the former Marie Titsink. He studied music in school; and then, at the age of 18, he worked as a seaman, spending much of his time in the 1930s aboard ships that plied the New York-Havana route. In April 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II, Reeves enlisted in the U.S. Army and by war's end had risen to the rank of sergeant in the 1208 Service Command Unit. After the war, he resumed his efforts to get more film work as an actor in Los Angeles, where by the late 1940s and early 1950s he became a busy supporting player in various movie productions.

Film and television career[edit]

Beginning in the early 1950s, Reeves also began to perform on many television series. His height, heavy build, and general "tough guy" appearance led to his being typecast often as bullies, robbers, and mobsters in crime dramas and Westerns, as well as in sitcoms. Among his many appearances on television series, he was cast in five episodes of the Adventures of Superman between 1952 and 1956. He was unrelated to the star of that series, George Reeves, whose real surname was Bessolo. Richard Reeves in the 1950s also appeared in various roles on several episodes of I Love Lucy.


Richard Reeves died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 54. He is buried in Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

External links[edit]

Richard Reeves on IMDb