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Reid in 2012
Timothy Lee Reid

(1944-12-19) December 19, 1944 (age 78)
Alma mater Norfolk State University
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, director
Years active1968–present
  • Rita Sykes
    (m. 1966;div. 1980)
  • (m. 1982)

Timothy Lee Reid [1] (born December 19, 1944) [2] is an American actor, comedian and film director best known for his roles in prime time American television programs, such as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–82), Marcel "Downtown" Brown on Simon & Simon (1983–87), Ray Campbell on Sister, Sister (1994–99) and William Barnett on That '70s Show (200406). Reid starred in a CBS series, Frank's Place , as a professor who inherits a Louisiana restaurant. Reid is the founder and president of Legacy Media Institute, a non-profit organization "dedicated to bringing together leading professionals in the film and television industry, outstanding actors, and young men and women who wish to pursue a career in the entertainment media". [3]


Early years

Reid was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in the Crestwood area of Chesapeake, formerly Norfolk County, Virginia. He is the son of William Lee and Augustine (née Wilkins) Reid. He had experienced segregation growing up in Norfolk, the majority of businesses around him being black-owned. [4] [1] He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Norfolk State College in 1968. Reid also became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he was hired by Dupont Corporation, where he worked for three years. [5]

Reid's entertainment career also began in 1968. He and insurance salesman Tom Dreesen met at a Junior Chamber of Commerce meeting near Chicago. [6] They were "put together to promote an anti-drug program in the local schools" and, prompted by a comment from a child, decided to form a comedy team. [6] The team, later billed as "Tim and Tom", was the first interracial comedy duo. Years later, Reid and Dreesen wrote a book about those years called Tim & Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White (2008, ISBN   978-0-226-70900-0), co-written with sports writer Ron Rapoport. [7] [8]

Television acting career

Reid started out on the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show . Reid starred as DJ "Venus Flytrap" on the hit CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati , in what is perhaps his best known TV role. Reid starred as Lieutenant Marcel Proust "Downtown" Brown (episodes 43-127) on the CBS detective series Simon & Simon . In 1988, Reid won an award from Viewers for Quality Television Awards as "Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series" in Frank's Place . In 1988, the same role earned him an Image Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series". [9]

Reid played the adult Mike Hanlon in the 1990 television mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's epic horror novel It . He made an appearance as Sgt. Ray Bennett of the Seacouver Police Department in three first-season episodes of Highlander: The Series . He had a starring role in the series Sister, Sister as Ray Campbell for the entire six-season run. On April 13, 2009, Reid appeared opposite former co-star Tamera Mowry on the short-lived ABC Family series Roommates as Mr. Daniels. Reid had a recurring role on That '70s Show as William Barnett. [10]


Reid has directed various television programs, as well the 1996 film Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored , based on a similarly titled memoir by Clifton L. Taulbert. Reid directed and adapted a children's TV show called Bobobobs that aired in the late 1980s. He is the creator of Stop the Madness, an after-school special video in the fight against drugs recorded on December 11, 1985. [11]

New Millennium Studios

Tim and Daphne Maxwell Reid built New Millennium Studios in 1997. Located in Petersburg, Virginia, the 57.4-acre site with its 14,850-square-foot sound studio was both the only Black-owned film studio in the United States since the 1930s, but also one of the largest independent film studios outside of Hollywood.

New Millennium Studios was used in dozens of movie and television productions, including scenes from the 2001 film Hearts in Atlantis of the Stephen King book of the same name; parts of 2000's The Contender and elements of Steven Spielberg's 2012 film Lincoln were all shot there. The Reids also produced feature films of their own.

Due to "a lack of incentives in the state" to bring film production to Virginia, the Reids sold the property in March 2015 for $1.475 million to Four Square Property Management LLC, a company formed by Four Square Industrial Constructors, based in Chester, Virginia. [12]

Personal life

Daphne and Tim Reid in 1997 Daphne and Tim Reid 1997.jpg
Daphne and Tim Reid in 1997

In 1966, Reid married Rita Ann Sykes; they divorced on May 9, 1980. They have two children together: Timothy II (born 1968) and Tori Reid (born 1971). On December 4, 1982, he married actress Daphne Maxwell Reid.

In July 2011, Reid was named to the board of directors of the American Civil War Center at Tredegar Iron Works. [13] On May 10, 2014, Reid received a Virginia Commonwealth University honorary doctorate for his many outstanding and distinguished contributions after he delivered a commencement speech.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Reid served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute. A native Virginian, Reid resides in Glensheallah, Portsmouth, Virginia. [14] [15]


1974 That's My Mama Rev. ArmbrusterEpisode:"Clifton's Persuasion "
1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed Unity Dispatcheruncredited
1976 Rhoda Kitchen HelperEpisode: "Guess Who I Saw Today"
1977 Fernwood 2 Night Matthew JohnsonEpisode: "#1.43"
1977 The Richard Pryor Show Blind ManEpisode: "#1.2"
1977 Lou Grant TV CameramanEpisode: "Hostages"
1977 What's Happening!! Dr. ClaymoreEpisode: "It's All in Your Head"
1977 Maude PolicemanEpisode: "Maude's Christmas Surprise"
1978 ABC Weekend Specials TillsonEpisode: "Little Lulu"
1978–1982 WKRP in Cincinnati Venus Flytrap 83 episodes
1979 You Can't Take It with You DonaldTV movie
1982 Benson Russell DuBoisEpisode: "Thy Brother's Keeper"
1983 Teachers Only Michael Horne13 episodes
1983–1987 Simon & Simon Det. Marcel 'Downtown' Brown79 episodes
1985Code Name: FoxfireunknownEpisode: "Robin's Egg Blues"
1987 Matlock Danny MillerEpisode: "The Court-Martial: Part 1 and 2"
1987–1988 Frank's Place Frank Parish22 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy (shared with Hugh Wilson)
VQT Award for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
1989 Dead Bang Chief Dixon
1989–1990 Snoops Chance Dennis13 episodes
1990 The Fourth War Lt. Col. Clark
1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Jack BarnettTV movie
1990 Stephen King's It Mike HanlonTV miniseries
1991 Zorro Dr. Lorenzo LozanoEpisode: "Wicked, Wicked Zorro"
1992Just DesertsScott WaringTV pilot episode
1992 The New WKRP in Cincinnati Venus Flytrap Episode: "Venus, We Hardly Knew Ya"
1992MastergateChip ChatworthTV movie
1992You Must Remember ThisJoeTV movie
1992–1993 Highlander: The Series Sgt. Bennett3 episodes
1993 Say a Little Prayer Thug
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Ray Campbell114 episodes
1994Race to Freedom: The Underground RailroadFrederick Douglass
1995 Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again Downtown BrownTV movie
1995 Out-of-Sync Det. Wilson
1996 Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored Debut as a film director
1997 Touched by an Angel Buddy BakerEpisode:"Last Call"
1998 Linc's As creator and co-executive producer
2000 Alley Cats Strike Mayor Jeffery "Jeff" McLemore Disney Channel Original Movie
2002Las Vegas WarriorDoorman 2
2003 You Wish! Larry PendragonDisney Channel Original Movie
2003For RealMacAlso director
2004–2006 That '70s Show William Barnett9 episodes
2005 Preaching to the Choir Prophet
2005 The Reading Room DouglasTV movie
2006 That's So Raven Sheriff JeffersonEpisode: "Driving Miss Lazy"
2007 Trade Hank Jefferson
2009 Roommates Mr. Stanley DanielsEpisode: "The Break-In"
2010The Cost of HeavenRichard Ginyard
2010–2012 Treme Judge John A. Gatling4 episodes
2012 The Soul Man HenryEpisode: "Loving Las Vegas"
2013Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy LionsPastor Brown
2013Habeas CorpusRay SeniorShort film
2016By the Grace of BobJJ Barnes
2016 Limitless Astrophysicist Sturgeon ReidEpisode: "Close Encounters"
2016 93 Days Dr. Adeniyi Jones
2016Chasing WaterfallsQuincyTV movie
2016The Rooftop Christmas TreeDale LandisTV movie
2016CrushedRussell BlackTV movie
2017–2018 Greenleaf Bishop Lionel Jeffries5 episodes
2017–2018 Me, Myself & I Older Darryl3 episodes
2018 Love Is_ "Wiser" SeanEpisode: "(His) Answers"
2018My Christmas InnPerry TaylorTV movie
2019 Grey's Anatomy JulianEpisode: "I Walk the Line"
2019Radio ChristmasGarrettTV movie
2019 Dolly Parton's Heartstrings Kendal HooksEpisode: "If I Had Wings" [16]
2019Check Inn to ChristmasBlakeTV movie
2019Baking ChristmasPhillipTV movie
2020A Welcome Home ChristmasGeneral O'TooleTV movie
2021 Swagger Clyde Sawyer3 episodes
2022A New Orleans NoelMarcel LiretteTV movie
TBA Stream Dave Burham [17]

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