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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Actor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florence, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Be Careful What You Ask For, You Just May Get It

Birthplace

Born:
12/19/1944
Birth Location:
Norfolk, Virginia

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Actor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florence, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Be Careful What You Ask For, You Just May Get It

Birthplace

Born:
12/19/1944
Birth Location:
Norfolk
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Biography

Actor, writer, producer and director Timothy L. Reid was born on December 19, 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia. As a teenager growing up in Norfolk, Reid dealt with the horrors of segregation during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia’s Tidewater area. In 1968, at the age of twenty-three, Reid received his B.A. degree in business administration from Norfolk State University.

After college, Reid moved to Chicago, taking a position as one of the first black marketing representatives with DuPont Corporation. That year, as part of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Harvey, Illinois, Reid met Tom Dreesen, a white native of Chicago’s South Side. Devastated by the high rates of drug abuse and violence among Harvey’s teenagers, Dreesen and Reid developed an anti-drug program for students. After a presentation in 1969, an eighth-grade student told the duo she thought they were funny, and should become comedians. Receptive to the idea, the duo began to write comedic material, and formed Tim and Tom, arguably the first interracial comedic duo. Reid and Dreesen toured from 1971 to 1975, before disbanding to pursue other interests.

In 1976, Reid moved to Los Angeles, and picked up regular work on various television shows. He was subsequently cast on the Richard Pryor Show. Due to controversy and creative differences between NBC and the show’s namesake, the show was cancelled after only four episodes. A year later, however, Reid landed a spot on a hit show, playing DJ Gordon "Venus Flytrap" Sims on WKRP in Cincinnati. After the show was canceled in 1982, Reid joined the cast of another successful series, the detective drama Simon & Simon. In 1987, Reid earned critical acclaim as the co-creator, producer, writer and lead actor of Frank’s Place, a dramedy that involves the exploits of a college professor who inherits a New Orleans restaurant. Lasting twenty-two episodes, the show earned Reid several award nominations, winning an NAACP Image Award. Reid returned to television in 1993 with Sister, Sister, which starred twins Tia and Tamera Mowrey and actress Jackee Harry. Reid remained with the show for its entire six-year run. In 1995, Reid made his film directorial debut with the critically acclaimed feature film, Once Upon A Time...When We Were Colored.

In 1997, Reid co-founded New Millennium Studios with his wife, actress Daphne Maxwell Reid. In 2009, Reid established the Legacy Media Institute to train emerging filmmakers around the world. Reid has also remained active in the community, donating his time for various charitable activities.

Timothy L. Reid was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 9, 2012 & January 18, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tim Reid's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tim Reid lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tim Reid talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tim Reid talks about his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tim Reid describes reconnecting with his paternal great uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tim Reid describes his childhood trips to Whaleyville, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tim Reid remembers developing an interest in storytelling
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tim Reid talks about his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Tim Reid describes the secrecy surrounding his biological father's identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Tim Reid describes being adopted by his biological father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes his likeness to his parents and paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tim Reid remembers repairing his relationship with his mother before she passed away
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tim Reid describes being raised by his mother in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tim Reid remembers being punished at St. Mary's Catholic school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tim Reid recalls his mother's response to his being punished at St. Mary's Catholic school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tim Reid describes moving between Baltimore, Maryland and Norfolk, Virginia as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tim Reid remembers being selected to go on stage during a performance by George "Gabby" Hayes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tim Reid describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Tim Reid describes advantages of attending Crestwood High School in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Tim Reid describes the schools he attended and his demeanor as a student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes being raised by his biological father and his stepmother in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes his family's attitude toward education and his educational experience at Crestwood High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tim Reid recalls influential teachers from Crestwood High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes his educational and work experiences during segregation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tim Reid reflects upon surviving segregation and how it impacted his outlook
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tim Reid talks about Virginia's African American history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tim Reid remembers visiting his mother when she worked as a live-in domestic for a white family in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Tim Reid recalls an experience at a segregated restaurant in Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Tim Reid recalls his perspective on school integration as a student in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Tim Reid reflects upon his time at Crestwood High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Tim Reid remembers his interest in the arts at Crestwood High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes his father's social and political influence in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tim Reid remembers his father's nightclub business in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tim Reid explains how he entered Norfolk State College in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tim Reid remembers participating in the March on Washington and joining Norfolk State College's NAACP Chapter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes his participation in Norfolk State College's NAACP Chapter in 1965
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tim Reid describes his political mentors at Norfolk Sate College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Tim Reid remembers being Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s bodyguard at New Cavalry Baptist Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Tim Reid remembers his initial experience with acting at Norfolk State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Tim Reid remembers his interview with DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Tim Reid remembers moving to Chicago, Illinois during the 1968 riot after Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes moving to his first home in suburban Markham, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tim Reid remembers his paternal grandmother's visit to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tim Reid recalls meeting Tom Dreesen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes his impression of Tom Dreesen and the beginning of their comedy act in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes his financial success while working for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Tim Reid describes being the first black employee in management at E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Tim Reid describes leaving his position at DuPont to enter show business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Tim Reid describes how he profited from gold stock in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Tim Reid describes his friendship with HistoryMaker Della Reese and the breakup of his act, Tim and Tom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Tim Reid remembers witnessing Tom Dreesen's success as a solo comic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Tim Reid reflects upon what he learned from his friendship with HistoryMaker Della Reese
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Tim Reid explains why he left his marriage with Rita Sykes Reid
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Tim Reid describes moving from California to Washington, D.C. to pursue his solo comic career in the mid-1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes his time as a comic in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes his television roles on 'Easy Does It...Starring Frankie Avalon' and 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Tim Reid remembers his return to performing stand-up comedy in Washington, D.C. while on 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Tim Reid remembers being chosen to perform on 'The Richard Pryor Show'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Tim Reid remembers improvised skits from 'The Richard Pryor Show'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Tim Reid describes parallels between his and Richard Pryor's upbringings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Tim Reid talks about his experience with a racist television director
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Tim Reid recalls his audition for the role of Venus Flytrap on 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes the creation of the episode "Who Is Gordon Sims?" on 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Tim Reid describes the 'WKRP in Cincinnati' episode, "Who Is Gordon Sims?"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes his career following the cancellation of 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes his travels to Spain as a television producer for Penthouse magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Tim Reid remembers proposing to HistoryMaker Daphne Maxwell Reid and being cast in 'Teachers Only'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Tim Reid talks about the importance of respect in relationships
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Tim Reid talks about 'Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored' being excluded from Ebony's top one hundred movies list
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Tim Reid talks about black Hollywood
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Tim Reid reflects upon his transition from standup comedy to acting
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Tim Reid's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes the impact of the 'WKRP in Cincinnati' episode, "Who Is Gordon Sims?"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Tim Reid describes the cancellation of 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes becoming a television producer for Penthouse magazine
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes his experience as television producer for Penthouse magazine
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Tim Reid recalls being hired for the television show, 'Teachers Only'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Tim Reid describes playing Lt. Marcel "Downtown" Brown on 'Simon & Simon'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Tim Reid describes his departure from 'Simon & Simon'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Tim Reid describes the series, 'Frank's Place,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Tim Reid describes multigenerational storytelling in 'Frank's Place'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Tim Reid describes the series, 'Frank's Place,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 12 - Tim Reid describes his meeting with William S. Paley
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes responses to the series, 'Frank's Place,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes the 'Frank's Place' episode, "The King of Wall Street"
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Tim Reid recalls the cancellation of 'Frank's Place'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes the setting of 'Frank's Place' in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes responses to the series, 'Frank's Place,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Tim Reid remembers showing episodes of 'Frank's Place' in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Tim Reid describes the impetus for the show 'Snoops'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Tim Reid describes shooting the show 'Snoops'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Tim Reid remembers watching old films with his grandmother
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Tim Reid describes his hiatus from show business after 'Snoops'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes the film, 'The Fourth War'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes being cast in 'Perry Mason' and 'Stephen King's It'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Tim Reid remembers the expansion of Starbucks in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes Tim Curry's appearance in 'Stephen King's It'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Tim Reid remembers being cast as Dr. Lorenzo Lozano in the series, 'Zorro'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Tim Reid recalls appearing in a beer commercial directed by Richard Lester, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Tim Reid recalls appearing in a beer commercial directed by Richard Lester, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Tim Reid describes his television and film roles in the early 1990s
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Tim Reid remembers his experience on the TV series 'Sister, Sister'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Tim Reid describes the impact of The TV series 'Sister, Sister'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 11 - Tim Reid describes his relationship with Tia and Tamera Mowry
  • Tape: 10 Story: 12 - Tim Reid reflects upon fatherhood
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes the impact of 'Sister, Sister' for his audience following
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes the TV movie, 'Race for Freedom: The Underground Railroad,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Tim Reid describes the TV movie, 'Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes the success of his film, 'The Runaways'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Tim Reid reflects upon his education in history
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Tim Reid describes his career in the 1990s
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Tim Reid recalls securing rights for the film, 'Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Tim Reid describes casting the film, 'Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Tim Reid describes the impact of the film, 'Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 10 - Tim Reid recalls an emergency situation while filming 'Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 11 - Tim Reid describes shooting the film, 'Once Upon a Time...When We Are Colored'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 12 - Tim Reid reflects upon representations of African American culture
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes the Showtime series, 'Linc's'
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes filming the Showtime series, 'Linc's'
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Tim Reid describes his roles in 'Just Deserts' and 'Alley Cats Strike'
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes New Millennium Studios' productions
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes the impact of New Millennium Studios
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Tim Reid describes the foundation of Legacy Media Institute
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Tim Reid describes his plans for New Millennium Studios
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - Tim Reid describes his plans for filmmaking
  • Tape: 12 Story: 9 - Tim Reid describes the importance of the Thirteenth Amendment
  • Tape: 12 Story: 10 - Tim Reid describes Elizabeth Keckley's dressmaking
  • Tape: 12 Story: 11 - Tim Reid describes documentary projects he would like to produce
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Tim Reid describes Maggie L. Walker's history
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes his documentary subjects, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Tim Reid describes his documentary subjects, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes the creation of the film, 'For Real'
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes the relationship between Blockbuster and New Millennium Studios
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Tim Reid describes film marketing and distribution systems
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - Tim Reid reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 8 - Tim Reid reflects upon his community values
  • Tape: 13 Story: 9 - Tim Reid reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 10 - Tim Reid describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Tim Reid reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Tim Reid describes his children, pt. 1
  • Tape: 14 Story: 3 - Tim Reid describes his children, pt. 2
  • Tape: 14 Story: 4 - Tim Reid describes his relationship with HistoryMaker Daphne Maxwell Reid
  • Tape: 14 Story: 5 - Tim Reid describes how he would like to be remembered