Carl Benton Reid Biography

Place of Birth: Lansing, Michigan
Wiki Biography: Reid was a drama graduate from Carnegie Tech who had some years of stage experience performing at the Cleveland PLayhouse in the 1920's, where he met his future wife, the stage actress Hazel Harrison. After moving to New York, he became a noted actor on the Broadway stage with some impressive credits to his name. Between 1929 and 1949, he appeared in such illustrious productions as 'Life with Father' (in the title role), Anton Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' with Eva Le Gallienne and 'The Iceman Cometh' by Eugene O'Neill. About Reid's Harry Slade in 'Iceman', famous critic Brooks Atkinson wrote "as the barroom's (sic) master of cosmic thinking, Carl Benton Reid is vigorously incisive and lends substance to the entire performance" (NY Times, October 10, 1946). Reid's stern demeanor lent itself to playing all sorts of tough characters, particularly heavy fathers, which he did ably (and often) as in 'Strange Bedfellows (1947)'. Way back in 1942, Atkinson had commented on his energetic performance in the title role of the comedy 'Papa is All': "Reid plays Papa with a snarl and ferocity that make the wreck at the railroad crossing an occasion of civic betterment" (NY Times, March 21, 1973). Reid left for Hollywood to recreate his stage role of Oscar Hubbard in the outstanding film adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes (1941). Shot at RKO studios, it was brilliantly directed by William Wyler. With his customary scowl and icy delivery, Reid was perfect as one of two avaricious brothers (the other was played by Charles Dingle) of equally venomous turn-of-the century Southern aristocrat Regina Giddens (whose part was played on stage by Tallulah Bankhead and in the film by Bette Davis). Reid's powerful performance ensured many years of regular employment in films and on television, though none of his subsequent roles ever came close to repeating his earlier success.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kraft Television Theatre James King 1947 - 1958
Cavalcade of America 1952 Drama
Lux Playhouse 1958 Drama
Profiles in Courage 1964 Drama
Hand van God, De Father Cornelius 2010
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Little Foxes Oscar Hubbard 1941 Drama, Romance
The North Star 1945 Drama, Musical, Romance
In a Lonely Place Capt. Lochner 1950 Drama, Mystery
The Fuller Brush Girl 1950 Comedy
The Killer That Stalked New York 1950 Drama, Thriller
The Great Caruso 1951 Drama, Music
The Family Secret 1951 Crime, Drama
Carbine Williams 1952 0
Broken Lance 1954
The Egyptian 1954 Drama, History
The Left Hand of God 1955 Drama
The Last Wagon 1956 Adventure, Drama
Time Limit Gen. Connors 1957
Battle Hymn 1957 Drama, History
Pork Chop Hill 1959 0, 0