Richard Reeves

IntroAmerican actor
Was Actor 
Television actor 
From United States of America 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Gendermale
Birth 10 August 1912 
, New York City, USA
Death 17 March 1967 
, Northridge, USA
(aged 54 years)
Star signLeo

Richard Reeves (August 10, 1912 – March 17, 1967), also billed as Dick Reeves, was an American character actor best known for playing henchmen and thugs. He performed in hundreds of film and television roles between the 1940s and 1960s.

Early life and film career

Richard Jourdan Reeves grew up in an affluent section of Queens, New York, the elder of two children of bank executive Walter Reeves and his wife, the former Marie Titsink. He studied music in school; and then, at the age of 18, he worked as a seaman, spending much of his time in the 1930s aboard ships that plied the New York-Havana route. In April 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II, Reeves enlisted in the U.S. Army and by war’s end had risen to the rank of sergeant in the 1208 Service Command Unit. After the war, he resumed his efforts to get more film work as an actor in Los Angeles, where by the late 1940s and early 1950s he became a busy supporting player in various movie productions.

Television

Beginning in the early 1950s, Reeves began to perform on a variety of television series. His height, heavy build, and general “tough guy” appearance led to his being frequently cast as bullies, robbers, and mob enforcers in modern crime dramas, as well as in many Westerns and sitcoms. He, for example, portrayed those types of characters in five episodes of the Adventures of Superman between 1952 and 1956. Reeves appeared in scores of other series as well in the 1950s and 1960s, such as I Love Lucy, Mr.Ed(S2E24, Charlie), The Roy Rogers Show, Four Star Playhouse, Batman, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Sugarfoot, Maverick, Tales of Wells Fargo, TV Reader’s Digest, Date with the Angels, My Favorite Martian, Annie Oakley, and Fury. In 1955 Reeves appeared as Cliff Bartow on the TV western Cheyenne in the episode “Border Showdown.”

Death

Reeves died of cirrhosis at age 54. He is buried in Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California.

Selected filmography

  • This Is the Army (1943) – Moore’s Son’s Dance Partner – ‘Ladies of Chorus’ (uncredited)
  • The Long Night (1947) – Cop (uncredited)
  • Unconquered (1947) – Joshua (uncredited)
  • The Hunted (1948) – Detective (uncredited)
  • Force of Evil (1948) – Policeman (uncredited)
  • Double Deal (1950) – Detective Webber (uncredited)
  • Dear Brat (1951) – (uncredited)
  • Excuse My Dust (1951) – Brigadier General (uncredited)
  • Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951) – Joe – Driver (uncredited)
  • Force of Arms (1951) – Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
  • Come Fill the Cup (1951) – Moving Man (uncredited)
  • The Racket (1951) – Leo – Driver / Scanlon Henchman (uncredited)
  • The Blue Veil (1951) – Detective (uncredited)
  • Finders Keepers (1952) – Joey
  • A Girl in Every Port (1952) – Slow Poke, Henchman (uncredited)
  • Retreat, Hell! (1952) – MP Outside Division Headquarters in Seoul (uncredited)
  • Hoodlum Empire (1952) – Rollins (uncredited)
  • Carbine Williams (1952) – Guard in Cage (uncredited)
  • Gobs and Gals (1952) – Big Sailor (uncredited)
  • The Pride of St. Louis (1952) – Connelly (uncredited)
  • Carson City (1952) – Cook (uncredited)
  • I Dream of Jeanie (1952) – Tough Saloon Mate (uncredited)
  • She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952) – Mike (uncredited)
  • We’re Not Married! (1952) – Brig Guard (uncredited)
  • Fargo (1952) – Bartender
  • Thunderbirds (1952) – Captain, Quartermaster Corps.
  • Stop, You’re Killing Me (1952) – Battling Moss (uncredited)
  • The Maverick (1952) – Frank Bullitt
  • Androcles and the Lion (1952) – Gladiator (uncredited)
  • Fair Wind to Java (1953) – Hoppo Two
  • The Glass Wall (1953) – Eddie Hinckley
  • Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1953) – Lefty Conway – Kidnapper (uncredited)
  • A Perilous Journey (1953) – Stewart the Sailor (uncredited)
  • Siren of Bagdad (1953) – Saladin’s Guard (uncredited)
  • Devil’s Canyon (1953) – Guard (uncredited)
  • City of Bad Men (1953) – Gunslinger at Ringside (uncredited)
  • Man of Conflict (1953) – Thug Driving Car
  • Jack Slade (1953) – Rufe Prentice
  • Wicked Woman (1953) – Man in Bar (uncredited)
  • Money from Home (1953) – Russian Henry (uncredited)
  • Trader Tom of the China Seas (1954) – Rebel Chief
  • Loophole (1954) – Pete Mazurki / Tanner
  • Khyber Patrol (1954) – Khan Servant Bringing Wine (uncredited)
  • Target Earth (1954) – Jim Wilson
  • Destry (1954) – Mac
  • The Silver Chalice (1954) – Overseer (uncredited)
  • Day of Triumph (1954) – Gestas
  • Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle (1955) – Reeves
  • Strange Lady in Town (1955) – Mr. Bisbee (uncredited)
  • The Eternal Sea (1955) – Rivet Catcher (uncredited)
  • City of Shadows (1955) – Angelo Di Bruno
  • I Died a Thousand Times (1955) – Deputy (uncredited)
  • Top Gun (1955) – Willets (uncredited)
  • The Killing (1956) – Bill (uncredited)
  • The Man Is Armed (1956) – Rutberg
  • Running Target (1956) – Jaynes
  • Dance with Me, Henry (1956) – Mushie
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) – Pierce’s Foreman (uncredited)
  • The Buckskin Lady (1957) – Potter
  • Auntie Mame (1958) – Mr. Krantz (uncredited)
  • Gunsmoke in Tucson (1958) – Notches Pole
  • Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959) – Andy, a guard (uncredited)
  • The Rookie (1959) – Bruce – Military Police Sergeant
  • Twelve Hours to Kill (1960) – Mark
  • Blue Hawaii (1961) – Harmonica-Playing Convict (uncredited)
  • Toys in the Attic (1963) – Refrigerator Delivery Man (uncredited)
  • Fun in Acapulco (1963) – Police Officer (uncredited)
  • A House Is Not a Home (1964) – Pete Snyder
  • Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) – Waiter at Desert Sands (uncredited)
  • Girl Happy (1965) – Officer Wilkins (uncredited)
  • Tickle Me (1965) – Jim – Bartender (uncredited)
  • At the End of the Rainbow (1965) – Genie
  • Harum Scarum (1965) – Scarred Bedouin
  • Frankie and Johnny (1966) – Man on Street (uncredited)
  • Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966) – Pete – Saloonkeeper
  • The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) – Last Haircut Man (uncredited)
  • Eight on the Lam (1967) – Minor Role (uncredited)
  • Casino Royale (1967) – Hit Man (uncredited) (final film role)
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