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Tim Reid

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Timothy L. "Tim" Reid is an American actor, comedian and film director best known for his roles in prime time American television programs, such as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-82), Marcel "Downtown" Brown on Simon & Simon (1983-87), Ray Campbell on Sister, Sister (1994-99) and William Barnett on That 70's Show (2004-2006).


 early years
Reid was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of Augustine (née Wilkins) and William Lee Reid. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Norfolk State College in 1968. Reid also became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After graduation he was hired by Dupont Corporation, where he worked for three years.

Reid's entertainment career also began in 1968, under atypical circumstances. He and insurance salesman Tom Dreesen met at a Junior Chamber of Commerce meeting near Chicago. They were "put together to promote an anti-drug program in the local schools" and, prompted by a comment from a child, decided to form a comedy team. The team, later billed as "Tim & Tom", was the first interracial comedy duo. Years later, Reid and Dreesen co-wrote a book about those years called Tim & Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White (ISBN 978-0-226-70900-0, co-written with sports writer Ron Rapoport).

 personal life
In 1967, Reid married Rita; they divorced on May 9, 1980. They have two children together: Tim Reid II and Tori Reid . Since December 4, 1982, he has been married to actress Daphne Maxwell Reid. Tim Reid was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on Sunday November 14, 2010. He was also named to the board of directors of The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in July 2011. Tredegar Iron Works is located along the James River in Richmond and strives to interpret the American Civil War from three perspectives: Union, Confederate and African American.

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