Tim Reid

Actor, Producer, Director
Though at times a groundbreaking, if unsung, stand-up comedian and a one-man production company, Tim Reid was forever married in the minds of television viewers as the smooth DJ, Venus Flytrap, on "WKRP in Cincinnati" ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1944 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

It: Part One 2015 (Movie)

Mike Hanlon (Actor)

Tremé 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caitlin Plays Herself 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trade 2007 (Movie)

Hank Jefferson (Actor)

Preaching to the Choir 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

You Wish! 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Loni Anderson: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

SOS in America 1995 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Linc's 1982 - 1983, 1993 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teachers Only 1982 - 1983, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1982 - 1983, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fourth Annual Trumpet Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Will You Marry Me? 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Zorro 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

All New Circus of the Stars & Side Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Color Adjustment 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Just Deserts 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Laugh, a Tear 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's It 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Premiere Preview Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich and Famous: 1990 World's Best 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Snoops 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Red Cross Emergency Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fourth War 1990 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Clark (Actor)

US Magazine -- Live at the Emmys! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Bang 1989 (Movie)

Chief Dixon (Actor)

Simon & Simon 1981 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual ACE Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Frank's Place 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Kingpins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sirens 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sons of Gunz 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fourth Annual CBS Easter Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Travelling Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Barrington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Patterns 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Day to Day 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Infiltrator 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Building 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu: The Next Generation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Mabel and Max 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey and Nora 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Puppetman 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Reno and Yolanda 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The CBS Cotton Bowl Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctors Wilde 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Saint 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Time of Their Lives 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XI 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

WKRP in Cincinnati 1978 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars X 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Solid Gold '79 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars V 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

You Can't Take It With You 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bumpers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Easy Does It... Starring Frankie Avalon 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Alley Cats Strike! (TV Show)

Actor

In the Lion's Den (TV Show)

Actor

Little Lulu (TV Show)

Actor

Sawdust (TV Show)

Actor

The Reading Room (TV Show)

Actor

You Must Remember This (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

Blue Moon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Asunder 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spirit Lost 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Out of Sync 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

About Sarah (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (3)

Asunder 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Though at times a groundbreaking, if unsung, stand-up comedian and a one-man production company, Tim Reid was forever married in the minds of television viewers as the smooth DJ, Venus Flytrap, on "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS, 1978-1982). He came to the role after plying his comedy and acting in nightclubs across the country and in bit parts on various TV variety shows. "WKRP" gave him the break he needed, and Reid ran with it. Dedicated to producing quality programs for and about African-Americans, he went on to star and produce the acclaimed comedy series "Frank's Place" (CBS, 1987-88) and "Linc's" (Showtime, 1998), as well as direct several independent features, most notably the gripping historical drama "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored" (1995). Reid's dedication to mature, intelligent fare, as well as his easygoing comic talents, made him both a favorite and a figure of distinction in the entertainment industry.

Relationships

William Lee Reid

Father

Augustine Reid

Mother

Timothy L Reid Jr

Son
from Reid's first marriage

Daphne Maxwell Reid Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 4, 1982 Co-starred on "Frank's Place" and "Snoops"

Rita Reid

Wife

Tori Reid

Daughter
born c. 1975 from Reid's first marriage

Christopher Tubbs

Step-Son
mother, Daphne Maxwell Reid

EDUCATION

Norfolk State College

Norfolk , Virginia 1968
school later renamed Norfolk State University

Milestones

2004

Joined the cast of Fox's "That '70s Show" as a record producer who turns out to be the father of Danny Masterson's Steven character

2003

Wrote, directed and starred in the feature "For Real"

1999

Produced "Asunder", a romantic suspense thriller

1998

Co-created and executive produced the Showtime series "Linc's"

1995

First feature as producer, "Out of Sync"

1995

Feature film directing debut, "Once Upon a Time . . . When We Were Colored" (exhibited at film festivals in 1995; released in 1996)

1991

Formed United Image Entertainment in partnership with Black Entertainment Television founder and president Bob Johnson

1989

Feature acting debut, "Dead Bang"

1983

Joined the cast of the revamped and short-lived NBC sitcom "Teachers Only"

1979

Founded Timalove Enterprises

1977

Was ensemble player on the short-lived NBC variety show "The Richard Pryor Show"

1977

Appeared as regular on "The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr Show", a CBS summer variety series

1976

TV series debut as regular (with the War Babies) on the summer variety series "Easy Does It . . . Starring Frankie Avalon" (CBS)

1968

Worked as a sales representative for DuPont Corp.

Formed comedy duo with Tom Dreeson; appeared around the US as "Tim and Tom"

Joined the improv troupe The War Babies

Played a leading role in the sitcom, "Sister, Sister" (show aired on ABC in 1994-95 and then on The WB 1995-1999)

Played supporting role of Detective Marcel "Downtown" Brown on the popular CBS adventure series, "Simon and Simon", starring Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker

Executive produced and starred in two critically praised but short-lived series, the half-hour comedy-drama "Frank's Place" (1987-88) and the comedy-mystery series, "Snoops" (1989-90)

Played radio DJ Venus Flytrap on the popular CBS sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati"

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