Tim Reid is better known for his role as DJ Venus Flytrap on the ‘70s sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” and also as Tia and Tamera Mowry’s on-screen father in the ‘90s series “Sister, Sister.” Reid is a father of two, and his youngest daughter is making moves in the industry as well.
Tim Reid’s career in the entertainment industry started almost as a casualty.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Business Administration at Norfolk State College in 1968, he moved to Chicago and started working at the DuPont Corporation as one of its first black representatives.
There, he met Tom Dressen at the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Harvey, and they teamed up to create and promote an anti-drug program in local schools. After one presentation, a student told the duo they were funny and could become comedians, and they agreed with the idea.
Reid and Dressen started working on a comedy routine and formed Tim & Tom, possibly the first interracial comedy duo that toured the country from 1971 to 1975, when they separated to pursue other interests.
The next year, Redi moved to Los Angeles and started to seek roles in television shows. He was featured on “The Richard Pryor Show” in several occasions, and in 1977, he landed the role of DJ Gordon "Venus Flytrap" Sims on “WKRP in Cincinnati.”
When the show was canceled, Reid joined the cast of the detective drama “Simon & Simon.” Afterward, he earned praise as the star, co-creator, and producer of “Frank’s Place,” for which he won an NAACP Image Award in the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” category.
In 1994, he joined Tamera and Tia Mowry in the sitcom “Sister, Sister,” where he gave life to Ray Campbell, Tamera's character widowed father.
He was part of the show for its entire six seasons, and went on to make appearances on series like “That ‘70s Show,” “That’s So Raven,” and “Roommates,” where he reunited with Tamera Mowry.
Reid did his debut as a director with the 1996 film “Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored,” and in 2009, he established the Legacy Media Institute, a non-profit organization to train emerging filmmakers around the world.
Reid has been married twice. First to Rita Ann Sykes, with whom he shares son Timothy II, 50, and daughter Tori Reid, 47. And he’s been married to actress Daphne Maxwell Reid since 1982.
At 74, Tim still has a thriving career. He recently appeared on “Greenleaf,” as Bishop Lionel Jeffries, and is set to appear on the upcoming Netflix series “Heartstrings.”
Reid’s daughter, Tori, also works in the entertainment industry. She’s a producer and writer that is now expanding her work with the release of her first podcast, “Simply, Tori,” and is also the co-creator of a storytelling company called Victory & Noble.
Tori and Tim worked together on his documentary series at DC Cable, "Legacy of a People." She was the producer, and Tim said it was a pleasure working with her, although she was "tough." "I wonder where she got that from?" he joked.