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Also Known As: Timothy L Reid Died:
Born: December 19, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Norfolk, Virginia, USA Profession: producer, actor, TV series creator, director, salesman

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Though at times a groundbreaking, if unsung, stand-up comedian and a one-man production company, Tim Reid was forever married in the minds of television viewers as the smooth DJ, Venus Flytrap, on "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS, 1978-1982). He came to the role after plying his comedy and acting in nightclubs across the country and in bit parts on various TV variety shows. "WKRP" gave him the break he needed, and Reid ran with it. Dedicated to producing quality programs for and about African-Americans, he went on to star and produce the acclaimed comedy series "Frank's Place" (CBS, 1987-88) and "Linc's" (Showtime, 1998), as well as direct several independent features, most notably the gripping historical drama "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored" (1995). Reid's dedication to mature, intelligent fare, as well as his easygoing comic talents, made him both a favorite and a figure of distinction in the entertainment industry.

Though at times a groundbreaking, if unsung, stand-up comedian and a one-man production company, Tim Reid was forever married in the minds of television viewers as the smooth DJ, Venus Flytrap, on "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS, 1978-1982). He came to the role after plying his comedy and acting in nightclubs across the country and in bit parts on various TV variety shows. "WKRP" gave him the break he needed, and Reid ran with it. Dedicated to producing quality programs for and about African-Americans, he went on to star and produce the acclaimed comedy series "Frank's Place" (CBS, 1987-88) and "Linc's" (Showtime, 1998), as well as direct several independent features, most notably the gripping historical drama "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored" (1995). Reid's dedication to mature, intelligent fare, as well as his easygoing comic talents, made him both a favorite and a figure of distinction in the entertainment industry.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Asunder (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again (1995) Detective Marcel "Downtown" Brown
3.
 Color Adjustment (1992) Himself
4.
 Mastergate (1992) Chip Chatworth
5.
 Fourth War, The (1990) Lieutenant Colonel Clark
7.
 Dead Bang (1989) Chief Dixon
8.
 You Can't Take It With You (1979) Donald
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Milestones close milestones

1968:
Worked as a sales representative for DuPont Corp.
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Formed comedy duo with Tom Dreeson; appeared around the US as "Tim and Tom"
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Joined the improv troupe The War Babies
1976:
TV series debut as regular (with the War Babies) on the summer variety series "Easy Does It . . . Starring Frankie Avalon" (CBS)
1977:
Appeared as regular on "The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr Show", a CBS summer variety series
1977:
Was ensemble player on the short-lived NBC variety show "The Richard Pryor Show"
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Played radio DJ Venus Flytrap on the popular CBS sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati"
1979:
Founded Timalove Enterprises
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Played supporting role of Detective Marcel "Downtown" Brown on the popular CBS adventure series, "Simon and Simon", starring Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker
1983:
Joined the cast of the revamped and short-lived NBC sitcom "Teachers Only"
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Executive produced and starred in two critically praised but short-lived series, the half-hour comedy-drama "Frank's Place" (1987-88) and the comedy-mystery series, "Snoops" (1989-90)
1989:
Feature acting debut, "Dead Bang"
1991:
Formed United Image Entertainment in partnership with Black Entertainment Television founder and president Bob Johnson
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Played a leading role in the sitcom, "Sister, Sister" (show aired on ABC in 1994-95 and then on The WB 1995-1999)
1995:
First feature as producer, "Out of Sync"
1995:
Feature film directing debut, "Once Upon a Time . . . When We Were Colored" (exhibited at film festivals in 1995; released in 1996)
1998:
Co-created and executive produced the Showtime series "Linc's"
1999:
Produced "Asunder", a romantic suspense thriller
2003:
Wrote, directed and starred in the feature "For Real"
2004:
Joined the cast of Fox's "That '70s Show" as a record producer who turns out to be the father of Danny Masterson's Steven character
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Education

Norfolk State College: Norfolk , Virginia - 1968

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wife:
Daphne Maxwell Reid. Actor. Second wife; married in 1982; played opposite Reid in "Snoops" and "Frank's Place".

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father:
William Lee Reid.
mother:
Augustine Reid.
step-son:
Christopher Tubbs. Mother, Daphne Maxwell Reid.
son:
Timothy L Reid Jr. From Reid's first marriage.
daughter:
Tori Reid. Actor. Born c. 1975; from Reid's first marriage.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"In the Spirit of Food: Tim and Daphne's Cookin' Book"

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