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Gene Reynolds (born Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal, April 4, 1923) is an American actor, television writer, director, and producer. He was one of the producers of the TV series MAS*H.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Reynolds was raised in Detroit, Michigan, where his father was a businessman and entrepreneur. The family relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1934.

Reynolds made his screen debut in the 1934 Our Gang short Washee Ironee, and for the next three decades made numerous appearances in films such as In Old Chicago (1937), Captains Courageous (1937), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Boys Town (1938), They Shall Have Music (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Adventure in Washington (1941), Eagle Squadron (1942) and The Country Girl (1954), and on television series like I Love Lucy, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Whirlybirds, and Hallmark Hall of Fame. He was contracted to MGM between 1937-1940. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In 1957, Reynolds joined forces with Frank Gruber and James Brooks to create Tales of Wells Fargo for NBC. During the program's five-year run he wrote and directed numerous episodes. Additional directing credits include multiple episodes of Leave It to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, The Farmer's Daughter, My Three Sons, F Troop, Hogan's Heroes, Room 222, and Many Happy Returns.

As a writer, director, and producer, Reynolds was involved with two highly successful CBS series in the 1970s and early 1980s. Between 1972 and 1983, he produced 120 episodes of MAS*H, which he co-created with Larry Gelbart, and for which he also wrote 11 episodes and directed 24. During that same period, he produced 22 episodes of Lou Grant, for which he wrote (or co-wrote) five episodes and directed 11.

Reynolds has been nominated for twenty-four Emmy Awards and won six times, including Outstanding Comedy Series for MASH and Outstanding Drama Series twice for Lou Grant, which also earned him a Humanitas Prize. He won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series twice for his work on MASH and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Drama Series once for his work on Lou Grant.

Reynolds was elected President of the Directors Guild of America in 1993, a post he held for four years until 1997.

Reynolds was married to actress-turned-author Bonnie Jones, who appeared in five episodes of MASH as Lt. Barbara Bannerman, from 1967 until 1976, when the couple divorced. He and his current wife, actress Ann Sweeny, who also appeared on MASH as Nurse Carrie Donovan in two episodes, married in 1979 and have one son, Andrew Reynolds.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gene Reynolds (born Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal, April 4, 1923) is an American actor, television writer, director, and producer. He was one of the producers of the TV series MAS*H.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Reynolds was raised in Detroit, Michigan, where his father was a businessman and entrepreneur. The family relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1934.

Reynolds made his screen debut in the 1934 Our Gang short Washee Ironee, and for the next three decades made numerous appearances in films such as In Old Chicago (1937), Captains Courageous (1937), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Boys Town (1938), They Shall Have Music (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Adventure in Washington (1941), Eagle Squadron (1942) and The Country Girl (1954), and on television series like I Love Lucy, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Whirlybirds, and Hallmark Hall of Fame. He was contracted to MGM between 1937-1940. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In 1957, Reynolds joined forces with Frank Gruber and James Brooks to create Tales of Wells Fargo for NBC. During the program's five-year run he wrote and directed numerous episodes. Additional directing credits include multiple episodes of Leave It to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, The Farmer's Daughter, My Three Sons, F Troop, Hogan's Heroes, Room 222, and Many Happy Returns.

As a writer, director, and producer, Reynolds was involved with two highly successful CBS series in the 1970s and early 1980s. Between 1972 and 1983, he produced 120 episodes of MAS*H, which he co-created with Larry Gelbart, and for which he also wrote 11 episodes and directed 24. During that same period, he produced 22 episodes of Lou Grant, for which he wrote (or co-wrote) five episodes and directed 11.

Reynolds has been nominated for twenty-four Emmy Awards and won six times, including Outstanding Comedy Series for MASH and Outstanding Drama Series twice for Lou Grant, which also earned him a Humanitas Prize. He won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series twice for his work on MASH and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Drama Series once for his work on Lou Grant.

Reynolds was elected President of the Directors Guild of America in 1993, a post he held for four years until 1997.

Reynolds was married to actress-turned-author Bonnie Jones, who appeared in five episodes of MASH as Lt. Barbara Bannerman, from 1967 until 1976, when the couple divorced. He and his current wife, actress Ann Sweeny, who also appeared on MASH as Nurse Carrie Donovan in two episodes, married in 1979 and have one son, Andrew Reynolds.

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Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 94

Birthday 1923-04-04

Place of Birth Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Also Known As

  • Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1996 Promised Land (2 episodes)Director
1994 Touched by an Angel (3 episodes)Director
1994 Hotel Malibu (1 episode)Director
1994 Christy (1 episode)Director
1994 Monty (1 episode)Director
1993 Second Chances (2 episodes)Director
1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (2 episodes)Director
1991 The Whereabouts of Jenny Director
1989 Life Goes On (4 episodes)Director
1989 Studio 5-B (1 episode)Director
1989 A Fine Romance (2 episodes)Director
1988 HeartBeat (3 episodes)Director
1988 In the Heat of the Night (2 episodes)Director
1986 Doing Life Director
1984 The Duck Factory (2 episodes)Director
1983 In Defense of Kids Director
1977 Lou Grant (11 episodes)Director
1975 Karen (3 episodes)Director
1972 Anna and the King (1 episode)Director
1972 M*A*S*H (24 episodes)Director
1969 Room 222 (10 episodes)Director
1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (4 episodes)Director
1967 Mannix (1 episode)Director
1967 The Second Hundred Years (1 episode)Director
1967 N.Y.P.D. (1 episode)Director
1967 Captain Nice (1 episode)Director
1966 Occasional Wife (1 episode)Director
1966 Love on a Rooftop (1 episode)Director
1965 Mister Roberts (1 episode)Director
1965 Hogan's Heroes (36 episodes)Director
1965 F Troop (4 episodes)Director
1965 Gidget (1 episode)Director
1964 The Munsters (2 episodes)Director
1964 Many Happy Returns (1 episode)Director
1964 Wendy and Me (3 episodes)Director
1963 The Farmer's Daughter (4 episodes)Director
1963 Vacation Playhouse (1 episode)Director
1961 Margie (2 episodes)Director
1961 Father of the Bride (11 episodes)Director
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (3 episodes)Director
1960 My Three Sons (76 episodes)Director
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)Director
1958 The Donna Reed Show (2 episodes)Director
1958 Peter Gunn (1 episode)Director
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)Director
1957 Leave It to Beaver (3 episodes)Director
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)Director

Acting

2010 The Real M*A*S*H as Himself
2004 Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust as Himself
1963 The Outer Limits (1 episode)
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 Studio 57 (1 episode)
1954 The Country Girl as Larry
1954 Public Defender (1 episode)
1953 The Man Behind the Badge (1 episode)
1953 I Led Three Lives (1 episode)
1953 99 River Street as Chuck
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Omnibus (1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 Dragnet (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1949 The Big Cat as Wid Hawks, Gil' Son
1948 Jungle Patrol as Lt. Marion Minor
1942 Junior G-Men of the Air as Eddie Holden
1942 Eagle Squadron as The kid
1942 The Tuttles of Tahiti as Ru
1941 Adventure in Washington as Marty Driscoll
1941 The Penalty as 'Roosty'
1941 Andy Hardy's Private Secretary as Jimmy McMahon
1940 Santa Fe Trail as Jason Brown
1940 Gallant Sons as Johnny Davis
1940 The Mortal Storm as Rudi
1940 Edison, the Man as Jimmy Price
1940 The Blue Bird as Studious Boy
1939 Bad Little Angel as Thomas 'Tommy' Wilks
1939 They Shall Have Music as Frankie
1939 The Flying Irishman as Douglas Corrigan (as a boy)
1939 The Spirit of Culver as Carruthers
1938 Boys Town as Tony Ponessa
1938 The Crowd Roars as Tommy McCoy, as a boy
1938 Love Finds Andy Hardy as James 'Jimmy' MacMahon, Jr.
1938 In Old Chicago as Dion O'Leary (as a boy)
1938 Of Human Hearts as Jason Wilkins as a Child
1937 Madame X as Raymond Fleuriot - Age 12-14
1937 The Californian as Ramon as a Child
1937 Captains Courageous as Boy in Print Shop (uncredited)
1936 Thank You, Jeeves! as Bobby Smith
1936 Sins of Man as Karl Freyman as a Boy

Production

1990 Blossom (115 episodes)Producer
1987 Mr. President (23 episodes)Producer
1977 Lou Grant (114 episodes)Executive Producer
1975 Karen (13 episodes)Producer
1973 Roll Out (12 episodes)Producer
1972 Anna and the King (13 episodes)Producer
1972 M*A*S*H (253 episodes)Executive Producer
1969 Room 222 (113 episodes)Producer
1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (50 episodes)Producer

Creator

1987 Mr. President Creator
1977 Lou Grant Creator
1975 Karen Creator
1973 Roll Out Creator
1957 Tales of Wells Fargo Creator

Writing

1977 Lou Grant (5 episodes)Writer
1972 M*A*S*H (4 episodes)Story (2 episodes)Writer
1969 Room 222 (1 episode)Writer

Crew

1983 Goodbye, Farewell & Amen Creative Consultant

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