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Also Known As: William Wallace Reid Died: January 18, 1923
Born: April 15, 1892 Cause of Death: pneumonia due to narcotics withdrawal
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, stuntman, musician/bandleader, cameraman, journalist

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Handsome, clean-cut star of the late 1910s who frequently directed, and sometimes wrote, his own vehicles. Son of a well-known actor and playwright, Reid got his start acting as a child. After prep school and some time spent editing a racecar magazine, he entered films in earnest in 1910. The handsome, dark-haired Reid worked as an actor, cameraman, stuntman and screenwriter for such companies as Vitagraph, Reliance, Universal and American for the next few years. He married actress Dorothy Davenport in 1913.

Handsome, clean-cut star of the late 1910s who frequently directed, and sometimes wrote, his own vehicles. Son of a well-known actor and playwright, Reid got his start acting as a child. After prep school and some time spent editing a racecar magazine, he entered films in earnest in 1910. The handsome, dark-haired Reid worked as an actor, cameraman, stuntman and screenwriter for such companies as Vitagraph, Reliance, Universal and American for the next few years. He married actress Dorothy Davenport in 1913.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Thirty Days (1923) John Floyd
2.
 Rent Free (1922) Buell Arnister, Jr.
3.
 Clarence (1922) Clarence Smith
4.
 Night Life in Hollywood (1922) Themselves and family
5.
 Across the Continent (1922) Jimmy Dent
6.
 The Ghost Breaker (1922) Warren Jarvis, a ghost breaker
7.
 Nice People (1922) Billy Wade
8.
 The Dictator (1922) Brooke Travers, who is better versed in flappers than in fruit
9.
 The World's Champion (1922) William Burroughs
10.
 Thirty Days (1922)
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1895:
Acting debut with parents in "The Phoenix"
1910:
Film debut in "The Phoenix"
1915:
Signs contract with Lasky-Paramount
1919:
Seriously injured while filming "The Valley of the Giants"
1922:
Last film, "Thirty Days"
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Education

Perkiomen Academy: Pennsburg , Pennsylvania -

Notes

"I have never ceased to marvel how the camera caught that loveable quality in the man and reflected it on the screen. Handsome, accomplished, successful, there wasn't an ounce of personal conceit in him, and the amount of work he could and did perform would be inconceiveable to most men." --Photoplay editor James Quirk quoted in Films in Review, April 1966.

"I blame no one ... What happened to Wally had happened to many a soldier released from hospitals after World War I, and had happened to patients--released from hospitalization, cured perhaps of their ailments and injuries, but made into hopeless addicts through the then abysmal ignorance of the medical profession ... It was worse, in a way, with Wally, because he had always been the picture of health, and he was confident that he knew enough about medicine to believe that addiction wouldn't happen to him." --Dorothy Davenport Reid quoted in Films in Review, April 1966.

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wife:
Dorothy Davenport. Screenwriter. Born on March 13, 1895 in Boston Massachusetts; married on October 13, 1913; died on October 12, 1977 in Woodland Hills, California.

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father:
Hal Reid. Screenwriter, director, actor. Born on April 14, 1862 in Cedarville, Ohio; died in NYC on May 22, 1920.
mother:
Bertha Belle Reid. Actor.
son:
Wallace Reid Jr. Born in 1917 in L.A.; died on February 26, 1990 in Santa Monica, California.
daughter:
Betty Ann Reid. Born c. 1919.
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