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Nationality  British
Role  Actor
Name  Maxwell Reed

Years active  1946–1966
Occupation  Actor
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Born  2 April 1919 (1919-04-02) Larne, Ireland
Died  August 16, 1974, London, United Kingdom
Spouse  Joan Collins (m. 1952–1956)
Movies and TV shows  Sea Devils, Picture Mommy Dead, Blackout, Daughter of Darkness, The Notorious Landlady
Similar People  Joan Collins, Ron Kass, Peter Holm, Anthony Newley, Percy Gibson

Siblings  Michael Reed, Clive Reed

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Maxwell Reed (2 April 1919 – 16 August 1974) was a Northern Irish actor who became a matinee idol in several British films during the 1940s and 1950s.


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His early years included work as a merchant seaman and minor stage experience in Ireland and London, before being auditioned by Rank and joining 'The Company of Youth’ at the age of 27.

Film Career

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He made his film debut in The Years Between (1946) and then appeared in Gaiety George (1946).

He was promoted to leading man status for Daybreak (made in 1946, not released until 1948) and The Brothers (1947). Reed followed it with Dear Murderer (1947), Night Beat (1947), Daughter of Darkness (1948), The Lost People (1949), Madness of the Heart (1949), and Blackout (1950).

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Reed drifted back to supporting parts in The Clouded Yellow (1950). Reed later said "they tried to make me a star too soon." He kept in lead roles for The Dark Man (1950) and There Is Another Sun (1951).

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Reed moved to the U.S. to make Flame of Araby (1952). He returned to Britain for Sea Devils (1953) and The Square Ring (1953). After making Captain Phantom (1953) in Italy, he made Marilyn (1953), Before I Wake (1954) and The Brain Machine (1956). He had a small role in Helen of Troy (1956).


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Reed moved to Hollywood in the late 1950s and portrayed the title role in the 1950s television series Captain David Grief, which was based on short stories by Jack London. He also made three films in the U.S. and appeared as a guest star in television series such as Bonanza, Perry Mason and Daniel Boone.

Personal life

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He was the first husband of actress Joan Collins, whom he married on 24 May 1952. The marriage ended in divorce in 1956. Joan exposed Reed as a rapist, stating that he drugged her when they first met and she awoke to him raping her.

He died from cancer aged 55, in London.


  • The Years Between (UK 1946)
  • Gaiety George (UK 1946)
  • The Brothers (UK 1947)
  • Dear Murderer (UK 1947)
  • Night Beat (UK 1947)
  • Daybreak (UK 1948)
  • Daughter of Darkness (UK 1948)
  • The Lost People (UK 1949)
  • Madness of the Heart (UK 1949)
  • Blackout (UK 1950)
  • The Clouded Yellow (UK 1950)
  • The Dark Man (UK 1951)
  • There Is Another Sun (UK 1951)
  • Flame of Araby (US 1951)
  • Sea Devils (US/UK 1953)
  • The Square Ring (UK 1953)
  • Capitan Fantasma (Italy 1953)
  • Marilyn (UK 1953)
  • Before I Wake (UK 1954)
  • The Brain Machine (UK 1955)
  • Helen of Troy (US/Italy 1956)
  • Pirates of Tortuga (US 1961)
  • The Notorious Landlady (US 1962)
  • Picture Mommy Dead (US 1966)
  • References

    Maxwell Reed Wikipedia