Birth Name: Tim Reid
Birth Place: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Born Dec. 19, 1944 in Norfolk, VA, his early years were difficult ones. Reid's father was abusive and a drug addict, and the turmoil of his home life had a detrimental effect on his school grades. He found an escape at the movies and dreamed of becoming an actor after meeting Hollywood stars who promoted their latest efforts in his town. Reid attended the all-black Norfolk State College, where educators gave a boost to his spiraling grades and attitude. In interviews, he credited their efforts with giving him the strength he needed to pursue his goals. After graduating in 1968, he worked as a supplies salesman for DuPont, but the position held little interest. After being partnered with insu...