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John Reed (I) (1916–2010)

John Reed performed as a baritone with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company between 1951 and 1979. His featured roles with the company were: Cox in "Cox And Box" The Associate in "Trial by Jury" The Judge in "Trial by Jury" Mr Wells in "The Sorcerer" Sir Joseph in "H.M.S. Pinafore" Major-General in "The Pirates of Penzance" Major Murgatroyd in "Patience... See full bio »

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Known For

The Mikado
The Mikado Ko-Ko
H.M.S. Pinafore
H.M.S. Pinafore Sir Joseph Porter, KCB
Ruddigore Robin Oakapple / Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
Patience Reginald Bunthorne


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 2000 Together Again: A Tribute to Kenneth Sandford, John Reed, and Thomas Round (Video)
Voice (archive) / Sir Joseph 2 / Ko-Ko 2 / ...
 1973 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie)
Sir Joseph Porter, KCB
 1967 Biografie (TV Series)
 1967 The Mikado
 1966 Ruddigore
Robin Oakapple / Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd (voice)
 1965 Patience (TV Movie)
Reginald Bunthorne
 1958 Triptych in Four Parts (Short)
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 2001 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (stage director: operetta)
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 1973 Call My Bluff (TV Series)
- Episode #7.22 (1973) ... Himself
- Episode #7.21 (1973) ... Himself
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 1974 I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General (Short)
The Modern Major General
 1973 When I Went to the Bar (Short)
Lord Chancellor (uncredited)
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 2016 The Good Wife (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Verdict (2016) ... (performer: "The Mikado or the Town of Titipu As Someday It May Happen That a Victim" - uncredited)

Personal Details

Other Works:

He played the Rt. Hon. Joseph Porter in the 1959 D'Oyly Carte version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore". See more »

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Personal Quote:

In 1988: It's funny how the brain works. I can be standing there singing the Nightmare Song from 'Iolanthe," looking out at a woman in the audience wearing a hat and thinking 'My God, that hat is so big the man behind her can't see.' And the works keep coming with no problem.


He is survived by his companion of more than half a century, Nicholas Kerri. See more »

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