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Full Name
Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal

April 4, 1923 (age 100) (
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Actor, producer, writer and director

Ann Sweeny (m. 1979), Bonnie Jones (m. 1967–1976)

Frank Eugene Blumenthal, Maude Evelyn Blumenthal

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series

Movies and TV shows
M*A*S*H, Lou Grant, The Country Girl, Boys Town, They Shall Have Music

Similar People
Burt Metcalfe, Larry Gelbart, Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, William Christopher

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Gene Reynolds (born Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal, April 4, 1923) is a former American actor turned award-winning television writer, director, and producer. He was one of the producers of the popular TV series M*A*S*H.


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Early life

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Reynolds was born on April 4, 1923 to Frank Eugene Blumenthal and Maude Evelyn Blumenthal in Cleveland, Ohio. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan, where his father Frank was a businessman and entrepreneur. The family relocated to Los Angeles, California, in 1934.

Acting career

He made his screen debut in the 1934 Our Gang short Washee Ironee, and for the next three decades made numerous appearances in films such as In Old Chicago (1937), Captains Courageous (1937), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Boys Town (1938), They Shall Have Music (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Eagle Squadron (1942) and The Country Girl (1954) and on television series like I Love Lucy, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Whirlybirds, and Hallmark Hall of Fame. He was contracted to MGM between 1937-1940. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Behind the Scenes career

In 1957, Reynolds joined forces with Frank Gruber and James Brooks to create Tales of Wells Fargo for NBC. During the program's five-year run he wrote and directed numerous episodes. Additional directing credits include multiple episodes of Leave It to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, The Farmer's Daughter, My Three Sons, F Troop, Hogan's Heroes, Room 222, and Many Happy Returns.

As a writer, director, and producer, Reynolds was involved with two highly successful CBS series in the 1970s and early 1980s. Between 1972 and 1983, he produced 120 episodes of M*A*S*H, which he co-created with Larry Gelbart, and for which he also wrote 11 episodes and directed 24. During that same period, he produced 22 episodes of Lou Grant, for which he wrote (or co-wrote) five episodes and directed 11.

Reynolds has been nominated for twenty-four Emmy Awards and won six times, including Outstanding Comedy Series for M*A*S*H and Outstanding Drama Series twice for Lou Grant, which also earned him a Humanitas Prize. He won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series twice for his work on M*A*S*H and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Drama Series once for his work on Lou Grant.

Reynolds was elected President of the Directors Guild of America in 1993, a post he held for four years until 1997.

Personal life

Reynolds was married to actress-turned author Bonnie Jones, who appeared in five episodes of M*A*S*H as Lt. Barbara Bannerman, from 1967 until 1976, when the couple divorced. He and his current wife, actress Ann Sweeny, who also appeared on M*A*S*H as Nurse Carrie Donovan in two episodes, married in 1979 and have one son, Andrew Reynolds.


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