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Reid Shelton (October 7, 1924 – June 8, 1997) was a Broadway and television actor.

Reid Shelton
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Shelton as Daddy Warbucks in the musical Annie in 1977.
Born(1924-10-07)October 7, 1924
DiedJune 8, 1997(1997-06-08) (aged 72)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationStage, television actor

Shelton was born in Salem, Oregon and graduated from the University of Michigan[1][2]

He appeared in over 31 TV shows from 1974 to 1990; and nine Broadway shows from 1952 to 1983.

Starting with Wish You Were Here in 1952,[3] he performed several roles in My Fair Lady for six years from 1956 to 1962[4] including Freddy in the first national tour. He was Mr. Snow in the 1965 Lincoln Center revival of Carousel produced by Richard Rodgers.[5][6] His Broadway work culminated in originating the role of Oliver Warbucks in Annie, which he played for six years from 1977 to 1983. [5][7]

Shelton had a lead role in the Home Box Office comedy series 1st & 10 as crusty old football coach Ernie DiNardo, as well as a cameo role in Cheers as a small-time con man. His most famous TV role was Mr. Allen who ran the museum where Blanche Devereaux worked in The Golden Girls.

Shelton was married in 1960 to actress Mari McMinn (who also appeared in the original cast of Annie). The marriage ended in divorce four years later.

Shelton died of a stroke in Portland, Oregon, survived by his life partner of 24 years, Donovan Baker.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lefkowitz, David (June 10, 1997). "Reid Shelton, The First Daddy Warbucks, Dies at 72". Playbill.
  2. ^ a b Blumenthal, Ralph (June 10, 1997). "Reid Shelton, Actor, 72, Dies; Original Broadway Warbucks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  3. ^ Wish You Were Here Playbill (vault), retrieved July 14, 2019
  4. ^ My Fair Lady Playbill (vault), retrieved July 14, 2019
  5. ^ a b "Shelton Credits" broadwayworld.com, retrieved July 14, 2019
  6. ^ " Carousel – Music Theater Of Lincoln Center Revival Cast Recording 1965" masterworksbroadway.com, retrieved July 14, 2019
  7. ^ Annie Playbill (vault), retrieved July 14, 2019

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