Walter Reed

Walter Reed

85 (passed away Aug. 20th, 2001)
Feb. 10th, 1916
Born in
Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

Walter Reed's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Fury TV Show
87th Precinct TV Show
87th Precinct
Hotel de Paree TV Show
Hotel de Paree
City Detective TV Show
City Detective
Official Detective TV Show
Official Detective
The Lineup TV Show
The Lineup
The Man Behind The Badge TV Show
The Man Behind The Badge
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse TV Show
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse
The Pride of the Family TV Show
The Pride of the Family

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


The son of an Army officer, Walter Reed was born in Washington and grew up in Honolulu and Los Angeles, where he attended school with the children of movie stars. After his parents' divorce, and, during the darkest days of the Depression, 17-year-old Reed decided to try acting as a career and made a two-week trip to New York (via hitched rides on railroad freight cars, amidst hobos and tramps) to look for work on the stage. He worked in stock and on Broadway and, with an assist from actor Joel McCrea, broke into pictures in the early 1940s.

  • Interviewed in "It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the SF and Horror Tradition" by 'Tom Weaver (I)' (qv) (McFarland, 1996).
  • Younger brother of 'Jack Smith (III)' (qv).
  • In the late 1960s, Reed ended his acting career, moving to Santa Cruz (CA), and becoming a real estate investor/broker.
  • Grew up in Hawaii and Los Angeles.
  • Children: Peggy, Kirk and Kim.
  • In 2001, the city of Santa Cruz honored Reed by declaring July 14 "Walter Reed Day". A restored print of his 1956 Western _Seven Men from Now (1956)_ (qv) was shown at a local theater, and, afterward, Reed made imprints of his hands and feet in a square of wet cement in front of the theater.

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