Walter Reed


Walter Reed

Biography

The early stages of Western star Walter Reed's acting career played almost in reverse. Raised in Los Angeles among the sons and daughters of prominent performers during the Great Depression, Reed skipped town at 17 and rode the rails to New York, where he broke into the Industry as a Broadway performer. Reportedly aided by fellow Western icon Joel McCrea, Reed returned home years later a...

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Biography

The early stages of Western star Walter Reed's acting career played almost in reverse. Raised in Los Angeles among the sons and daughters of prominent performers during the Great Depression, Reed skipped town at 17 and rode the rails to New York, where he broke into the Industry as a Broadway performer. Reportedly aided by fellow Western icon Joel McCrea, Reed returned home years later and made his true Hollywood debut as a platoon leader in a 1941 military training film. Reed quickly became a staple in the machismo-driven Western genre, giving his most famous performance as a cowardly stagecoach driver in the 1956 Budd Boetticher picture "Seven Men from Now," which proved to be the director's most famous effort. Throughout the '50s, Reed enjoyed branching out from his reputation as a cowboy. In 1950, he played a pilot in the sci-fi serial "Flying Disc Man from Mars," and later a foreman in "Superman and the Mole-Men." In the latter half of the decade, Reed made a graceful transition into television, where he soon found himself appearing on half a dozen series per year. Among his more memorable stints were as a newscaster on the family comedy "Dennis the Menace" and a gaggle of guest appearances on the detective drama "77 Sunset Strip." Reed retired from acting in 1972.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

A Time for Dying (1982)
Mayor
The Destructors (1968)
Panic in the City (1968)
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Bidder
Moment to Moment (1966)
Hendricks
Convict Stage (1965)
Fort Courageous (1965)
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Lieutenant Peterson
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
George Babson
13 Fighting Men (1960)
Col. Jeffers
Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
Capt. MacAfee
Macumba Love (1960)
J. Peter Weils
Arson for Hire (1959)
Police chief Hollister
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Soldier
How to Make a Monster (1958)
Det. Thompson
Missile Monsters (1958)
Kent Fowler
Summer Love (1958)
Mr. Reid
The Deep Six (1958)
Paul Clemson
Three Brave Men (1957)
Pryor
The Lawless Eighties (1957)
Rock, Pretty Baby (1957)
Mr. Reid
Slim Carter (1957)
Richard L. Howard
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Loring Kirk
Last of the Bad Men (1957)
Fleming
Dance with Me, Henry (1956)
Drake
Emergency Hospital (1956)
Sgt. Paul Arnold
Seven Men from Now (1956)
John Greer
The Last Command (1955)
The Far Horizons (1955)
The Eternal Sea (1955)
Operations officer
Hell's Island (1955)
Lawrence
Bobby Ware Is Missing (1955)
Max Goodwin
War Paint (1954)
Allison
Dangerous Mission (1954)
Dobson
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954)
Keats
Forever Female (1954)
Leading man
Return from the Sea (1954)
Captain
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Toby's father
Seminole (1953)
Farmer
The Man from the Alamo (1953)
Billings
The Actress (1953)
John Craig
The Clown (1953)
Joe Hoagley
Those Redheads from Seattle (1953)
Whitey Marks
Red Ball Express (1952)
Major
Thunderbirds (1952)
Lt. Hammond
Latin Lovers (1952)
Desk clerk
Desert Passage (1952)
John Carver
Target (1952)
Martin Conroy
The Blazing Forest (1952)
Mac
Bronco Buster (1952)
Fred Wharton, Phoenix announcer
Caribbean (1952)
Evans
Horizons West (1952)
Layton
Go for Broke! (1951)
Captain
Submarine Command (1951)
Chief O'Flynn
Wells Fargo Gunmaster (1951)
Editor Hines
Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)
Bill Corrigan
The Sun Sets at Dawn (1951)
The chaplain
Government Agents Vs. Phantom Legion (1951)
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
Jack Chandler
The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)
Jones
The Lawless (1950)
Jim Wilson
Captain China (1950)
Martin
The Torch (1950)
Dr. Robert Stanley
Tripoli (1950)
Wade
Return of the Bad Men (1948)
Bob Dalton
Angel on the Amazon (1948)
Jerry Adams
Night Song (1948)
Jimmy
Fighter Squadron (1948)
Capt. Duke Chappell
Western Heritage (1948)
Joe Powell
Mystery in Mexico (1948)
Glenn [Ames]
Banjo (1947)
Dr. Bob [Hartley]
The Bamboo Blonde (1946)
Montgomery
Child of Divorce (1946)
Michael [Benton]
Bombardier (1943)
Jim Carter
Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event (1943)
Dennis Lindsey
Petticoat Larceny (1943)
Bill Morgan
Seven Days' Leave (1942)
Ralph Bell
Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942)
Dennis Lindsey
Army Surgeon (1942)
Dr. Bill Drake
The Mayor of 44th Street (1942)
Lew Luddy

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