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Carol Reed (I) (1906–1976)


Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Third Man Director
(1949)
Oliver! Director
(1968)
The Fallen Idol Director
(1948)
Trapeze Director
(1956)

Filmography

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 1970 Flap
 1968 Oliver!
 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty (some scenes, uncredited)
 1958 The Key
 1956 Trapeze
 1949 The Third Man
 1947 Odd Man Out
 1945 The True Glory (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1944 The Way Ahead
 1943 The New Lot (Short)
 1941 A Letter from Home (Short)
 1938 Climbing High
 1938 Bank Holiday
 1935 It Happened in Paris (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Assistent to Edgar Wallace See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 9 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Carol Reed

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on his acting days] You know, I wasn't a good actor. I began as a spear carrier and then appeared through the countryside in repertory, but though I got decent parts and so on, I was never very good. Yet I'm glad I did it for seven years or so because it helped me subsequently in understanding the actor's problems. See more »

Trivia:

In 1952 he became the first British film director to receive a knighthood for his craft. Although producer/director Alexander Korda and actor/director Laurence Olivier had previously been knighted, Reed was the first to receive the distinction primarily for his directing work. See more »

Trademark:

Children figure significantly in his films (The Fallen Idol (1948) told through a child's point of view, Boy with ball in The Third Man (1949), protagonists in Oliver! (1968) are children; children are everywhere & see everything in Odd Man Out (1947)) See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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