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Kent Franklin McWhirter (born September 26, 1942), known by his stage name Kent McCord, is an American actor, best known for his role as Officer Jim Reed on the television series Adam-12.
Kent Franklin McWhirter
September 26, 1942
Cynthia Lee Doty
(m. after 1962)
Life and careerEdit
McCord was born Kent Franklin McWhirter in Los Angeles, California to Bert and Laura McWhirter. Using the stage name Kent McCord, he first appeared on television in 1962 in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. He became a close friend of Rick Nelson and made 44 appearances on the program. He also landed small parts in three Elvis Presley films and (as Kent McWhirter) portrayed a motorcycle courier in McHale's Navy in the episode "Monkey Business 007". McCord also appeared in the first episode (September 14, 1967) of Raymond Burr's Ironside series, titled "Message from Beyond", as motorcycle cop Kellogg.
McCord's big break came in 1968 when he was given a lead role next to Martin Milner as rookie police officer James A. "Jim" Reed on Adam-12, a police drama television series created by Jack Webb. The show ran on NBC from 1968 to 1975. In the first season of Jack Webb's Dragnet 1967, he appeared three times. The first appearance was an extra as an patrol officer; in the episode "The Big Explosion", he was credited under his legal name.
In the third episode, "The Interrogation", McCord was credited under his stage name in the role of a police officer who has been accused of robbing a store while working an undercover narcotics detail fresh out of the police academy. McCord went on to appear five additional times in the second season, three times as unnamed officers and twice as his eventual Adam-12 character Jim Reed. He appeared once more on Dragnet as Reed before the character became exclusive to Adam-12.
McCord was elected to the national board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild in 1972 and was on the board for 11 years. He was the first national vice president while on the National Board of Directors.
McCord appeared as a downed fighter ace on the 1970s series Baa Baa Black Sheep. In 1980, he played Troy on the television series Galactica 1980. Two years later, Webb tabbed him for a new Dragnet series he was ready to launch, with McCord to play the partner to Webb's Joe Friday. Webb died in December 1982, however, before any of the episodes he wrote could be produced. In 1982, McCord played Mr. Unger on Airplane II: The Sequel, his only comedy role to date.
In 1989, he co-starred on the crime drama Unsub. He re-teamed with Martin Milner, his co-star in Adam-12, in the cable TV-movie Nashville Beat (1990), originally shown on The Nashville Network. In 1990, McCord appeared in the film Predator 2 as Captain Pilgrim. He appeared as Jack in Out for Justice (1991) and played John Reynolds in Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993).
From 1994 to 1995, McCord played the recurring role of Scott Keller on seaQuest DSV. He appeared in three episodes of JAG, and more recently, became a semi-regular guest star on Farscape, where he played two versions (one human and one alien appearing in the physical form of the human) of the same character, Jack Crichton, as well as Deputy U.S. Marshal Jack Hendricks on the series Renegade.
|1964||Seven Days in May||Presidential Aide||Uncredited|
|1964||Viva Las Vegas||Casino Patron||Uncredited|
|1964||The Americanization of Emily||Soldier||Uncredited|
|1964||The Disorderly Orderly||Pre-Opening Credit Hospital Intern||Uncredited|
|1965||John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!||Football Player||Uncredited|
|1965||Billie||Student in Bleachers||Uncredited|
|1965||The War Lord||Extra||Uncredited|
|1966||Frankie and Johnny||Man in audience||Uncredited|
|1967||The Young Warriors||Lieutenant|
|1968||Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?|
|1982||Airplane II: The Sequel||Unger|
|1990||Predator 2||Captain Pilgrim|
|1991||Out for Justice||Jack|
|1992||Illicit Behavior||Dr. Halperin|
|1993||Return of the Living Dead Part III||Colonel John Reynolds|
|1995||With Criminal Intent|
|2000||Woman's Story||Buckley Warner|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run!||Rescue Show Announcer|
- "The Official Kent McCord Biography". www.kentmccord.com. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
- Screen Actors Guild National Vice Presidents, sag.org; accessed July 17, 2015.
- Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors official website, sag.org; accessed July 17, 2015.