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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 August 1928Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Birth NameTom Allen
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Reese (real name: Tom Allen) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on August 8, 1928; his father and uncle were country-western singers, "The Chattanooga Boys," traveling around performing their bluegrass music with the family, including Tom, in tow. Around 1940 the Allens relocated to New York, where Tom's dad supported the family working as a steelworker in the daytime and a singing waiter at night. Tom later held the expected assortment of odd jobs (Automat busboy, usher, etc.) in New York, and (starting at 17) served two tours of duty in the Marine Corps. He later studied dramatics at the American Theater Wing under the G.I. Bill and spent 15 years on the road working nightclubs (emceeing, doing stand-up, etc.). He studied with Lee Strasberg, did some work off-Broadway and in local TV shows and made his film bow in John Cassavetes' New York-made Shadows (1959). Cassavetes also had Reese fly out to Hollywood to play a part in an episode of his detective series Johnny Staccato (1959), Reese's Hollywood debut. He was ready to return to New York after doing the show but an agent signed him "and I've been here [California] ever since." His first major film was Flaming Star (1960), an Elvis Presley western and the start of Reese's long career in big- and small-screen oaters,including Gunsmoke (1955) Bonanza (1959), The Virginian (1962), Rawhide (1959), Branded (1965).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Trivia (5)

(8/12/06-8/13/06) Attended the 2006 Twilight Zone Convention at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
(7/06) Was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, NC, along with Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Steve Kanaly, Mark Goddard, Marjorie Lord, Coleen Gray, Ronnie Schell, Russ Tamblyn and Cheryl Rogers.
Reminisces about the beginnings of his acting career, and the movie Murderers' Row (1966), in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co.) by Tom Weaver.
Appeared as a guest star at the Williamsburg Film Festival in Williamsburg, VA. [March 2010]
Uncle of Louis Allen and Danny Allen.

Personal Quotes (1)

[about Dan Duryea] A very nice man. Worked with him in Taggart (1964) and later in Stranger on the Run (1967). Great laugh. He wasn't well the second time I worked with him, but he invited me over to his dressing room and we hung out. A real nice man.

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