Best Known For His Starring Role In ‘The FBI’, TV And Movie Actor Dies At 90

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Actor William Reynolds was born William de Clerq Regnolds, in Los Angeles in 1931. In 1950, he married actress Molly Sinclair. One year later, he started his own acting career.

Sinclair and Regnolds were married for 42 years until she died in 1992. While they were married, they had two children, his son Eric Regnolds and his daughter Carrie Regnolds Jones.

Eric Regnolds confirmed to Deadline that his father died on August 24, 2022. The cause of death was non-Covid related pneumonia complications. He was 90 years old.

William Reynolds started his acting career with a contract with Universal Pictures. He played the son in multiple movies including the 1952 movie “Carrie” where he portrayed Laurence Olivier’s son and “The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel,” where he portrayed Rommel’s son. According to IMDB, he acted in 10 movies in 1952 alone.

His career continued with movies and bit parts in TV series. Some of his credits include the series “Bronco,” “Wagon Train,” “Pete Kelly’s Blues,” “Maverick,” and a memorable episode of “The Twilight Zone” titled “The Purple Testament” where he played Lt. Fitzgerald.

Reynolds had a more steady role on the series “The Islanders” where he played Sandy Wade in 25 episodes from 1960 through 1961, but his best known role was on the series “The FBI” where he played agent Tom Colby from 1966 through 1974.

Reynolds only had two more credits to his name after “The FBI,” an episode of the series “Project U.F.O.,” and a role in the short film “Hairway to the Stars.” Then he retired from acting and switched careers to become a businessman.

A memorial service is planned for Reynolds on September 10 at Miller Jones Menifee Memorial Park in Menifee, California. Reynolds is survived by his two children, Eric and Carrie, who is named after the movie “Carrie,” two grandchildren,  Anthony Regnolds Jones and Nicholas Camello Regnolds, and one great-grandchild, Gianni Camello Regnolds.