Open main menu

Edgeworth Blair "Elliott" Reid (January 16, 1920 – June 21, 2013) was an American actor.

Elliott Reid
Elliott Reid Pat Crowley 1959.jpg
Reid with Pat Crowley in 1959.
Edgeworth Blair Reid

(1920-01-16)January 16, 1920
Manhattan, New York, United States
DiedJune 21, 2013(2013-06-21) (aged 93)
Other namesTed Reid
Years active1935–1995


Early lifeEdit

Reid was born in Manhattan,[1] the son of artist Christine Challenger Reid and banker Blair Reid.[citation needed]


In 1935, Reid debuted on the radio program The March of Time, which led to him working regularly on radio dramas during the Golden Age of Radio. Early on he took "Elliott" as his stage name. His credits include among other, many Orson Welles-directed stage and radio productions, such as The Mercury Theatre on the Air and also acted on Theatre Guild on the Air, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Suspense, and the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. In some early performances he was credited as "Ted Reid".


Reid's best-known film role was as Ernie Malone, private detective hired to spy on Marilyn Monroe's character, only to become Jane Russell's love interest, in the 20th Century Fox classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Variety praised his and Tommy Noonan's performances, saying that "Reid and Noonan carry off the romantic male spots nicely".[2]

Reid played Professor Shelby Ashton in two Walt Disney movies starring Fred MacMurray: The Absent-Minded Professor in 1961, and sequel Son of Flubber in 1963. Reid also played Ralph Hastings in Disney's 1966 movie Follow Me, Boys! and a television commentator in Disney's Blackbeard's Ghost in 1968.


A member of The Actors Studio from its inception,[3] Reid was a regular in NBC television's That Was the Week That Was (1964–1965) and made guest appearances on Murder, She Wrote, The Odd Couple, I Love Lucy, Barney Miller, Small Wonder, Perry Mason, and The Munsters.

In 1992 Reid appeared in the season three Seinfeld episode "The Letter", as one of the collectors considering buying a painting of Kramer. Reid's final television role was as Henry on the episode "Please Re-Lease Me" of the television sitcom Maybe This Time. He retired in 1995, but returned for an uncredited role as Miguel in the 2000 short film Scattering Mother and the role of Buddy in the feature film adaptation of the same name in 2005.


Among his special skills, Elliot Reid was also an accomplished impressionist. He was so famous with his John F. Kennedy impersonation that, in 1962, he was invited to perform it in front of Kennedy in person; Kennedy was happy with the performance.[4] One reference book said, "His mimicking of John F. Kennedy opened up a mini-career in clubs in the early 1960s."[5]


Reid's Broadway credits include Julius Caesar (1937-1938), The Shoemaker's Holiday (1938), Macbeth (1948), Two Blind Mice (1949), The Live Wire (1950), Two on the Aisle (1951-1952), and From A to Z (1960).[6]

He co-starred as Felix Unger in a road production of The Odd Couple with Dan Dailey as Oscar Madison during the late 1960s. He also appeared as an art collector in the 1992 Seinfeld episode "The Letter".[7][8]


Reid died from heart failure on June 21, 2013, at the age of 93. He had resided in an assisted living facility in Studio City, California, where his nephew said he had been living for the past few years.[1] His remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.[citation needed]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "PASSINGS: Michael Baigent, Elliott Reid, John L. Dotson Jr". June 24, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  2. ^ Variety, July, 1953
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947-1950". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. Also [in Lewis' class were] Henry Barnard, Jay Barney, John Becher, Philip Bourneuf, Joan Chandler, Peter Cookson, Stephen Elliott, Robert Emhardt, Joy Geffen, William Hansen, Will Hare, Jane Hoffman, George Keane, Don Keefer, George Matthews, Peggy Meredith, Ty Perry, Margaret Phillips, David Pressman, William Prince, Elliot Reid, Frances Reid, Kurt Richards, Elizabeth Ross, Thelma Schnee, Joshua Shelley, Fed Stewart, John Straub, Michael Strong, John Sylvester, Julie Warren, Mary Welch, Lois Wheeler, and William Woodson.
  4. ^ "'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' Actor Elliott Reid Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. June 25, 2013.
  5. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 224.
  6. ^ "Elliott Reid". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  7. ^ ""Seinfeld" The Letter (TV Episode 1992)" – via
  8. ^ " :: Scripts :: 38-The Letter".

External linksEdit