Kate Reid

Actor
Although she never became a household name, this busy character actress turned in scores of memorable stage, film and TV performances over a 30-year career. The London-born Reid joined Canada's Stratford Shakespeare ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1930 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (49)

The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar 2014 (Movie)

Glad Prometer (Actor)

Deceived 1991 (Movie)

Rosalie (Actor)

Bye Bye Blues 1990 (Movie)

Mary Wright (Actor)

Christmas in America: A Love Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Curse of the Corn People 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Signs of Life 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Wrangway (Actor)

Raw Nerve 1988 (Movie)

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Sweet Hearts Dance 1988 (Movie)

Pearne Manners (Actor)

Control 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Fire With Fire 1986 (Movie)

Sister Victoria (Actor)

Morningstar/Eveningstar 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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To Market, to Market 1986 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Heaven Help Us 1985 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

No Sad Songs 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Blood of Others 1983 (Movie)

Madame Blomart (Actor)

Monkey Grip 1982 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Robbers, Rooftops and Witches 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Atlantic City 1981 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Circle of Two 1981 (Movie)

Dr Emily Reed (Actor)

Double Negative 1981 (Movie)

Mrs Swanscott (Actor)

Death Ship 1980 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

Highpoint 1978 (Movie)

Rachel Hatcher (Actor)

Equus 1977 (Movie)

Margaret Dysart (Actor)

Shoot 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Graham (Actor)

Enemies 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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A Delicate Balance 1972 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Andromeda Strain 1971 (Movie)

Dr Ruth Leavitt (Actor)

The Good Life 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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The Rainbow Boys 1971 (Movie)

Gladys (Actor)

Neither Are We Enemies 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Pigeons 1970 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

This Property Is Condemned 1966 (Movie)

Hazel Starr (Actor)

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Movie)

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An Enemy of the People (Movie)

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Christmas Eve (TV Show)

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Colour in the Creek (TV Show)

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Death Among Friends (TV Show)

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Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

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Gavilan (TV Show)

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Hawkins on Murder (TV Show)

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Loose Change (TV Show)

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Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)

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She Cried Murder (TV Show)

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The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (TV Show)

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The Last Best Year (TV Show)

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Biography

Although she never became a household name, this busy character actress turned in scores of memorable stage, film and TV performances over a 30-year career. The London-born Reid joined Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 1959 and got her grounding in the classics before hitting Broadway in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1962. She acted in dozens of shows on Broadway, in London and elsewhere, including "The Circle" (Ontario, 1967), "Juno and the Paycock" (Philadelphia, 1973), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (New York, 1974), "Morning's at Seven" (New York, 1981) and "Death of a Salesman" (New York, 1984).

Reid made her film debut in "One Plus One" (1961) and went on to play character roles--some comic, mostly serious--in a total of 24 films. Her most famous role was as Burt Lancaster's bedridden mistress in Louis Malle's "Atlantic City" (1980). Among Reid's other memorable films were "This Property is Condemned" (as Natalie Wood's mother, 1966), as Dr. Leavitt in "The Andromeda Strain" (1971), "Equus" (1977) and as Jeff Daniels' mother in the charming "Sweet Hearts Dance" (1988). She also played opposite Jodie Foster in "The Blood of Others" (1984), and with Goldie Hawn in "Deceived" (Reid's swan song, 1991).

On TV, Reid appeared in 18 TV-movies and miniseries, including "Loose Change" (NBC, 1978), "Colour in the Creek" (PBS, 1987) and "Murder in the Heartland" (ABC, 1993). She co-starred with Robert Urich in the short-lived series "Gavilan" (NBC, 1982), in the cloying "Morningstar/Eveningstar (CBS, 1986) and as Aunt Lil on the 1982-83 season of "Dallas". Her first TV-movie was "The Invincible Mr. Disraeli" (NBC, 1963) and her second the equally laudable "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1964). TV also brought the chance to recreate her Broadway role of Linda Loman opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Death of a Salesman" (CBS, 1985). Reid succumbed to cancer in March 1993.

Relationships

Helen Isabel Reid

Mother

Walter Reid

Father
died in 1931

Michael Sadlier

Husband
divorced

Austin Willis

Husband
second husband married in 1953 divorced in 1962

Robin Willis

Daughter
survived her

Reid Willis

Son
survived her

EDUCATION

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario

Toronto Conservatory of Music

Toronto , Ontario

Havergal College

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York
studied with Uta Hagen; school name changed to HB Studio Inc

Milestones

1993

Last acting role, in miniseries "Murder in the Heartland" (ABC)

1985

Played opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Death of a Salesman" (CBS)

1982

Played Aunt Lil on "Dallas" (CBS)

1982

TV series debut on the NBC series "Gavilan" (NBC)

1963

TV debut, in NBC movie "The Invincible Mr. Disraeli"

1962

Broadway debut, as Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

1961

Film debut, in "1 Plus 1--Exploring the Kinsey Reports"

1956

London stage debut, starring in "The Rainmaker"

1944

Made stage debut in University of Toronto production of "The Damask Cheek"

Bonus Trivia

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Received Office of the Order of Canada in 1976

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Reid was nominated for two Tonys, for "Dylan" (1964) and "Slapstick Comedy" (1966) and two Emmys, for "The Invincible Mr. Disraeli" (1963) and "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1964).

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