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William Reynolds (actor)

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Nationality  Norwegian American
Education  Pasadena City College
Role  television actor
Name  William Reynolds
Alma mater  Pasadena City College

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Full Name  William de Clerq Reynolds
Born  December 9, 1931 (age 91) (1931-12-09) Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation  Actor: The Islanders, The Gallant Men, and The F.B.I.Businessman
Spouse  Molly Reynolds (m. 1950–1992)
Children  Eric Reynolds, Carrie Reynolds
Movies and TV shows  The FBI, All That Heaven Allows, The Land Unknown, A Distant Trumpet, The Thing That Couldn't
Similar People  Douglas Sirk, Raoul Walsh, Richard L Bare, George Sherman, William Wyler

William de Clerq Reynolds (born December 9, 1931) is a retired American actor. He is best known for his film roles in the 1950s and his television roles in the 1960s and 1970s.


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Early years

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Reynolds’ mother died when he was five years old, and he was sent to boarding schools. He eventually attended Pasadena City College and worked in their radio department.


After a talent agent spotted the handsome, capable actor in some minor theatrical roles, Reynolds signed with Universal Studios in 1952 and began appearing in pictures such as Carrie (1952), where he had a prominent role as the son of Laurence Olivier. Reynolds was drafted into the United States Army in 1952, but en route to Korea he stayed in Japan doing radio work. He returned to Universal making horror film Cult of the Cobra (1955). He also appeared in the Douglas Sirk melodramas All That Heaven Allows (1955) and There's Always Tomorrow (1956). He often played the son of the leading character.


Reynolds became tired of his dull, stereotyped roles in the movies and began his move to television in 1959, playing the title role in Pete Kelly's Blues.:826-827 During this series, he developed a close friendship with actor and producer Jack Webb. 1959 [Twilight Zone] first season episode 19, 'The Purple Testament,' Lt. Fitzgerald. In 1960–1961, he starred as Sandy Wade on the ABC/Warner Brothers television series The Islanders. He also guest starred in 1961 as Jerry Bolton on the episode "Nobody's Millions" of another ABC/WB drama series, The Roaring 20s.

In 1962-1963, Reynolds costarred on ABC's The Gallant Men. He then played Hoodoo Henderson as an adult in 1966's Walt Disney film Follow Me, Boys!.

Two years with no acting jobs led Reynolds to enhance his education, and he passed the examinations to become a lawyer specializing in real estate.

Reynolds caught his big break co-starring with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., in another ABC series, the long-running The F.B.I.. Reynolds first made guest appearances in seasons one and two in 1966, before he appeared as series regular Special Agent Tom Colby from 1967 to 1973. He was replaced by actor Shelly Novack for the final season, because the network considered Reynolds, then at the age of forty-one, too old for the part. Still, he managed to make two appearances as Colby in the ninth season (1973–74), which included the final network-aired episode, a rerun of "The Animal," on September 8, 1974.

He also did guest roles in Jack Webb-produced shows such as Dragnet, and in other series like Maverick, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, starring in the episode "The Purple Testament" (Season 1, Episode 19) .

Later years

Reynolds left show business after The F.B.I. ended its run and became a businessman. In 2004, he made an appearance at a Twilight Zone convention in Los Angeles.

Personal life

Reynolds married actress Molly Sinclair in 1950 and remained with her until her death in 1992. The couple had a daughter born in 1958 and a son born the following year.

Filmography (selection)

  • Dear Brat (1951)
  • The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
  • The Cimarron Kid (1952)
  • Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)
  • The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)
  • Carrie (1952)
  • Son of Ali Baba (1952)
  • The Mississippi Gambler (1953)
  • Cult of the Cobra (1955)
  • All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  • There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
  • Away All Boats (1956)
  • The Land Unknown (1957)
  • The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)
  • Pete Kelly's Blues (1959, TV series, 13 episodes)
  • The Twilight Zone (1960, TV series, 1 episode)
  • The Islanders (1960-1961, TV series, 24 episodes)
  • The Gallant Men (1962-1963, TV series, 26 episodes)
  • A Distant Trumpet (1964)
  • Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
  • The F.B.I. (1966-1974, TV series, 161 episodes)
  • References

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