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William Reynolds, the actor best known for his role on the TV series The F.B.I., has died. He was 90 years old.
Reynolds’ acting career started in the 1950s. He had a number of supporting roles in films during this era, including the 1953 Gunsmoke movie. Reynolds played Brazos in the Western film, which has no connection to the radio series and eventual TV series of the same title.
The actor eventually grew tired of appearing in films, so he made the switch to acting on TV. After a few one-time appearances, he played Pete Kelly in 13 episodes of the 1959 series Pete Kelly’s Blues. He then went on to play Sandy Wade in 24 episodes of The Islanders and portrayed Capt. Jim Benedict in 26 episodes of The Gallant Men.
Reynolds landed his career-defining role when he was cast as Special Agent Tom Colby in The F.B.I. He appeared in 161 episodes of the series.
The F.B.I. was the last project Reynolds appeared in. He left the acting world behind after he finished his run on the show and worked as a businessman in later years.
A family spokesperson spoke with The Hollywood Reporter to confirm that Reynolds passed away on Wednesday (August 31) in Wildomar, California due to non-COVID 19 complicated pneumonia.
Reynolds was married to actress Molly Sinclair for 42 years. She died in 1992. He is survived by their children, Carrie and Eric, grandchildren Anthony and Nicholas, and great-grandchild Gianni.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a public memorial service and tribute to Reynolds will be held at 1 PM on September 10 at the Miller Jones Menifee Memorial Park in Menifee, California.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Reynolds’ family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.