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Elliott Reid, best known for his roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Absent-Minded Professor, died Friday at 93. He passed away from heart failure at the assisted-living facility in Studio City, Calif. where he lived, his nephew told the Los Angeles Times. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 Reid starred opposite Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and alongside Fred MacMurray in The Absent-Minded Professor. He also had roles in Son of Flubber and Inherit the Wind and appeared in episodes of I Love Lucy, Perry Mason and Murder, She Wrote, among others.
- Hilary Lewis
Elliott Reid, the character actor who starred in classic Hollywood films like "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," died Friday of heart failure at an assisted living facility in Studio City, California. He was 93.
Reid, whose work spanned multiple genres and media including film, television, radio, and the stage, was probably best known for his performances alongside Hollywood legends Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in "Blondes," and Fred MacMurray in "The Absent-Minded Professor." Other notable roles included turns in "Inherit the Wind" and "Son of Flubber."
Born Edgeworth Blair Reid on Jan. 16, 1920 in New York City, he eventually took the stage name Elliott, and at age 15 got his big break appearing on an Orson Welles radio program, which led to further collaborations between the two on the airwaves and on the stage. Known for being a gifted mimic, Reid did a famous impression of President John F. Kennedy at a 1962 Washington dinner that left the president in stitches. »
- Katie Roberts
A Mercury Theater player turned comic actor, Elliott Reid may be best known as the thorn in Fred MacMurray's side in The Absent-minded Professor (1961) and Son Of Flubber (1963). Reid starred in director William Cameron Menzies' Cold War sci-fi thriller The Whip Hand (1951), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Inherit The Wind (1960), The Thrill Of It All (1963), The Wheeler Dealers (1963), Move Over, Darling (1963), Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed? (1963), Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) and Some Kind Of A Nut (1969). Reid also made countless TV appearances, notably Design For Loving, a classic 1958 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents based on a story by Ray Bradbury. Reid last appeared onscreen in a 1992 episode of Seinfeld and in a 1995 episode of Maybe This Time with Bette White.- Harvey Chartrand
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