Reed, Rex 1938-

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Reed, Rex 1938-


Full name, Rex Taylor Reed; born October 2, 1938, in Fort Worth, TX; son of James M. (an oil company executive) and Jewell (maiden, name Smith) Reed. Education: Louisiana State University, B.A., journalism, 1960.


Critic, writer, and actor. Publicity writer, including work as a copy boy for Twentieth Century-Fox; Women's Wear Daily, film critic, 1965-69; Stereo Review, music critic, 1968-75; Daily News, New York City, film critic, 1971-75; Observer, columnist, 1990s; Talk, contributing editor; worked as a film critic for various periodicals, including Cosmopolitan, Gentleman's Quarterly (also known as GQ), Holiday, Status, Vogue, and the New York Post; worked as a syndicated columnist, Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News syndicate; jury member at various film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, and the U.S.A. Film Festival; also a lecturer and wrote album liner notes for various performers. Worked as a jazz singer, record salesperson, and a cook, c. 1960-65.


National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle.

Awards, Honors:

Louisiana Hall of Fame, inductee, 1993; multiple Grammy awards, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; Brandeis University, honorary degree.


Television Appearances; Series:

Panelist, The Gong Show, syndicated, 1976-80.

Host, Rex Reed's "Movie Guide," syndicated, beginning 1980.

Correspondent, Inside America, ABC, 1982.

Cohost, At the Movies, syndicated, 1986-90.

Also appeared as a regular, Tomorrow (also known as Tomorrow Coast to Coast), NBC.

Television Appearances; Specials:

That Was the Year That Was, NBC, 1976.

Himself, The Making of "Superman: The Movie," c. 1978.

Judy Garland: The Concert Years, PBS, 1985.

Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), NBC, 1990.

(In archive footage) Himself, Playboy: The Party Continues, 2000.

Himself, The Big O! True West Hollywood Story (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents "Frank DeCaro: The Big O! True West Hollywood Machine"), Comedy Central, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, The Dick Cavett Show, ABC, 1968, 1969, 1970.

Himself, The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1977.

Himself, Playboy after Dark, syndicated, c. 1970.

Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, various episodes, 1970-73.

Himself, Dinah's Place, NBC, 1974.

Himself, You Don't Say, ABC, multiple episodes in 1975.

Himself, The New Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1987.

Voice of himself, "Uneasy Rider," The Critic (animated), ABC, 1994.

Voice of himself, "Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice," The Critic (animated), Fox, 1995.

Himself, Howard Stern (also known as The Howard Stern Show), E! Entertainment Television, 1996.

"Raquel Welch," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Raquel Welch), Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Himself, The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 1999.

Himself, Intimate Portrait: Jacqueline Susann, Lifetime, 1999.

Himself, "Jacqueline Susann," Life and Times, CBC, 2000.

"Jacqueline Susann: The Writing Machine," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Jacqueline Susann), Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Hellzapoppin', ABC, 1972.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Farmer, Hurry Sundown (also known as E venne la notte, Foerbjudet omraade, Huomenna on uusi paeivae, La noche deseada, Lad natten komme, Morgen ist ein neuer Tag, O incerto amanha, and Que vienne la nuit), Paramount, 1967.

Myron, Myra Breckinridge (also known as Gore Vidal's "Myra Breckinridge," Il caso Myra Breckinridge, and Myra—herkkua helmoissa), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1970.

Himself, Superman (also known as Superman—The Movie, Superman: The Movie, Super-Homem, Superman: el film, Superman—Le film, Superman—O filme, Superman—teraesmies, and Supermann), Warner Bros., 1978.

(Scenes deleted) Longfellow, Inchon (also known as Inchon!, Oh, Inchon!, and Ladowanie w Inchon), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1981.

Entertainment editor, Irreconcilable Differences (also known as Triple Trouble, Deosebiri ireconciliabile, Diferencias irreconciliaveis, Divorce a Hollywood, and Inhimilliset erot), Warner Bros., 1984.

Voice of himself on radio, Lost in America (also known as Relax, Eksyksissae Amerikassa, Eksynyt Amerikassa, Jaeljet katoavat Amerikkaan, Kopfueber in Amerika, and Pubblicitario offresi), Warner Bros., 1985.

Himself, Ballad of the Nightingale (also known as Los Angeles—Cannes solo andata), August Entertainment, 1998.

Himself, People I Know (also known as Eyewitness, Influences, Der innere Kreis, Gente conhecida, Im inneren Kreis, La noche del crimen, O articulador, and Relaciones confidenciales), New Films International, 2002, Miramax, 2003.

Himself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (documentary; also known as Broadway, Broadway: The Golden Age, and Broadway: The Movie), Dada Films, 2003.

The Needs of Kim Stanley (documentary), Frozen Motion Films, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990.

Host and narrator of the Lyrics and Lyrics series, 92nd Street Y, New York City.

Radio Appearances:

Himself, Howard Stern (also known as The Howard Stern Show), 1996.

Himself, The Howard Stern Radio Show, 1999.



(In archive footage) Himself, Playboy: Farrah Fawcett, All of Me, Playboy Video Enterprises, 2000.

Himself, Sex at 24 Frames per Second (documentary; also known as Playboy Presents "Sex at 24 Frames per Second: The Ultimate Journey through Sex in Cinema"), Playboy Entertainment Group/Image Entertainment, 2003.


Teleplays; Series:

Rex Reed's "Movie Guide," syndicated, beginning 1980.

At the Movies, syndicated, 1986-90.

Teleplays; with Others; Episodic:

Inside America, ABC, 1982.


Do You Sleep in the Nude?, New American Library, 1968.

Conversations in the Raw, World Publishing, 1970.

Big Screen, Little Screen, Macmillan, 1971.

Contributor of the piece "Ava: Life in the Afternoon," The New Journalism, by Tom Wolfe and others, edited by Wolfe and E. W. Johnson, Harper & Row, 1973.

People Are Crazy Here, Delacorte, 1974.

Valentines and Vitriol, Delacorte, 1977.

Travolta to Keaton, Morrow, 1979.

Rex Reed's "Guide to Movies on TV and Video," Warner, 1992.

Contributor to periodicals, including Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Ladies Home' Journal, New York, Playboy, and the New York Times.


Personal Effects (novel), Arbor House, 1986.



Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 185: American Literary Journalists, 1945-1995, First Series, Gale, 1997.