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Tim Reid

Détective Marcel "Downtown" Brown in Simon & Simon

Photos Tim Reid Birth name: Tim Reid
Birth date: 1944/12/19 (75 years old)
Birth place : Norfolk Virginie
Height: 1.88 m

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Biography for Tim Reid

Tim Reid was born December 19, 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia and came from a troubled, impoverished childhood. He straightened out his life enough to attend Norfolk State College (now University) and graduate with a business administration degree. He worked for Du Pont in Chicago for a period of time in the late 60s and married his first wife Rita, whom he met at college. They had two children, Tim Reid II (born 1968) and Tori Reid (born 1971); both are currently involved in entertainment. His first taste of the limelight came around the turn of the 70s when he met an insurance agent named Tom Dreesen, and the two of them decided to form a nightclub act called "Tim and Tom". Within six years, both the team and his first marriage had dissolved. At this juncture, Tim decided to focus completely on acting, took up drama classes, and worked as a comic. TV and commercial work started coming his way, finding regular placements on a number of variety series that starred Frankie Avalon, Fifth Dimension singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., and Richard Pryor in the late 70s.

His biggest break, however, came after nabbing the cool and very hip role of "Venus Flytrap" on TV's "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978). It is this radio disc jockey character for which Tim is still best known. Other TV series came his way, including "Simon & Simon" (1981) as Lt. Marcel "Downtown" Brown. Once firmly established, Tim started taking more control over his career. After fronting a number of series including "Frank's Place" (1987), "Snoops" (1989) and, most notably, "Sister, Sister" (1994), he and wife, Daphne Reid, co-founded their own production studio (New Millenium Studios), the first ever built in his native state of Virginia. The short-lived program "Linc's" (1998), starring both Tim and Daphne, was the first to come out of the studio. Over the years, Daphne has been a frequent partner to Tim both in front and behind the camera lens, as actress and co-producer. Toning down his slick facade over the years, the handsome, mustachioed actor has dedicated himself to films and other projects that have raised social issues as well as increase black awareness. More recently, in 2002, he released his film For Real (2003), which was made at his studio. It took an updated African-American spin on the "Pygmalion" story and starred Tim in the "Henry Higgins" role. The film opened the fifth anniversary of the Hollywood Black Film Festival.


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Title Role
Trade (2007) Det/Hank Smith
That '70s Show William Barnett / ... (9 episodes, 2004-2006)
That's So Raven Sheriff Jefferson (1 episode, 2006)
The Reading Room (2005) (TV) Douglas Bradshaw
On the One (2005) Prophet
For Real (2003) Mac
You Wish! (2003) (TV) Larry
Mu Sa Do (2002) Doorman 2
Alley Cats Strike (2000) (TV) Mayor McLemore
Sister, Sister Ray Campbell (13 episodes, 1994-1999)
Just Deserts (1999) (TV) Scott Waring
Linc's (1998) TV Series Priest (unknown episodes)
Touched by an Angel Buddy Baker (1 episode, 1997)
Out-of-Sync (1995) Det. Wilson
Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again (1995) (TV) Downtown Brown
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994) (TV) Frederick Douglass
Say a Little Prayer (1993) Thug
Highlander Sgt. Bennett (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Mastergate (1992) (TV) Chip Chatworth
The New WKRP in Cincinnati Gordon Sim / ... (1 episode, 1992)
You Must Remember This (1992) (TV) Joe
Zorro Dr. Lozano (1 episode, 1991)
It (1990) (TV) Michael 'Mike/Mikey' Hanlon
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990) (TV) Jack Barnett
The Fourth War (1990) Lt. Col. Clark
ABC TGIF (1990) TV Series Ray
Snoops (1989) TV Series Chance Dennis (unknown episodes)
Dead Bang (1989) Chief Dixon
Frank's Place Frank Parrish (2 episodes, 1987)
Simon & Simon Det. Marcel Downtown Brown / ... (54 episodes, 1983-1987)
Matlock Danny Miller (2 episodes, 1987)
Code Name: Foxfire (1 episode, 1985)
Teachers Only (1982) TV Series Michael Horne (unknown episodes, 1983)
Benson Russell, Benson's Brother (1 episode, 1982)
WKRP in Cincinnati Venus Flytrap (51 episodes, 1978-1982)
You Can't Take It with You (1979) (TV) Donald
ABC Weekend Specials Tillson (1 episode, 1978)
Maude Policeman (1 episode, 1977)
What's Happening!! Dr. Claymore (1 episode, 1977)
Fernwood 2 Night Matthew Johnson (1 episode, 1977)
The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Show (1977) TV Series
Rhoda Kitchen Helper (1 episode, 1976)


Was in a nightclub act with Tom Dreesen called "Tim and Tom"

He is an accomplished photographer. Some of his photos have been published.

Has a Film Production Studio in Petersburg, Virginia (New Millenium Studios).

Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.



Spouse : Daphne Reid (4 December 1982 - present), Rita Reid (1967 - ?) (divorced) 2 children

Father of Tim Reid II

Father of Tori Reid

Met second wife, Daphne Reid, while filming a Sears commercial in 1972. They did not hook up again until many years later (1979), eventually marrying in December of 1982.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 24/09/2007 by abdest

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