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Paul Reed
Paul Reed
Credits
Role  Leon Scranton
Biographical Information
Birth Name Sidney Kahn
Birthdate June 16, 1909
Birthplace Highland Falls, New York, United States
Death Date April 2, 2007 (age 97)
Death Place Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

Paul Reed played banker Leon Scranton in the third season episode, "A Gazebo Never Forgets" (1966).

Biography[]

Paul Reed was an American actor and singer of stage, radio and television. He was born on June 16, 1909, in Highland Falls, New York, as Sidney Kahn. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants.  

Reed had his first experience on the vaudeville stage while a child. During his teenage years it was apparent to those who knew him that he had talent as a singer. This led to an appearance on a WOR Radio show for which resulted in his own program and the changing of his name to Paul Reed.

In 1940, he initiated what was to be a more than thirty-year successful association with the Broadway stage, beginning with “The Gondoliers." He created the role of ‘Lieutenant Brannigan’ for the popular play “Guys and Dolls” (1950-1953) and originated the part of ‘Charlie Cowell’ for the long-running musical “The Music Man” (1957-1961). He became the first performer in the role of ‘Bert Bratt’ in the production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (1961-1965) and originated the part of ‘Mr. Dobitch’ in the play “Promises, Promises” (1968-1972).

Reed is fondly remembered for playing the long suffering ‘Captain Paul Block’ to officer ‘Gunther Toody’, played by Joe E. Ross, in the television comedy series “Car 54, Where Are You?” (1961-1963). After “Car 54, Where Are You?” ended its run, he went on to play ‘Damon Burkhardt’ in the television series “The Cara Williams Show” (1964-1965). In a 1966 episode of the television series “The Munsters” titled “The Fregosi Emerald," Reed was rejoined with former “Car 54, Where Are You?” cast members Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis. He retired from acting during the 1970s.

While performing in the play “Up in Central Park” (1945-1947), he met actress and dancer, June MacLaren. He married June on January 28, 1950, and they had one son, Paul Reed, Jr.

Paul Reed died on April 2, 2007, in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 97.

Sources[]

  • Sara M and C. S. Paul Reed memorial on Find a Grave, November 10, 2014. Retrieved on October 21, 2021.
  • Sara M. June MacLaren Reed memorial on Find a Grave, November 10, 2014. Retrieved on October 21, 2021.
  • Paul Reed obituary, The Lincoln County News, April 30, 2007. Retrieved on October 21, 2021.
  • Paul Reed on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on October 21, 2021.
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