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Donald Reed (I) (1901–1973)

Donald Reed was born on July 23, 1901 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Ernesto Avila Guillen. He was an actor, known for Santa (1932), Darkest Africa (1936) and Mark of the Frog (1928). He died on February 28, 1973 in Westwood, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Santa Marcelino
Darkest Africa Negus [Chs. 11-12]


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 1939 Mad Youth
Club Emcee (uncredited)
 1939 Midnight
Ferdinand - Eve's Chauffer (uncredited)
 1938 Juvenile Court
Reporter (uncredited)
 1937 Renfrew of the Royal Mounted
Constable MacDonald
 1937 The Firefly
French Officer (uncredited)
 1937 The Legion of Missing Men
Arab (uncredited)
 1937 Slaves in Bondage
Phillip Miller
 1937 The Last Train from Madrid
Husband (uncredited)
 1937 Under Strange Flags
 1936 Law and Lead
Pancho Gonzales, aka The Juarez Kid
 1936 Ramona
Vaquero (uncredited)
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1936 Special Agent K-7
Billy Westrop
 1936 Darkest Africa
Negus [Chs. 11-12]
 1935 The Fighting Marines
Pedro - Henchman
 1935 The Vanishing Riders
Frank Stanley
 1935 The Devil Is a Woman
'Cousin' Miguelito (uncredited)
 1935 The Cyclone Ranger
Juan Castalar
 1935 Six Gun Justice
Marshal Jack McDonald
 1934 Happy Landing
 1934 Uncertain Lady
Carlos Almirante
 1933 The Wolf Dog
 1933 The Man from Monterey
Don Luis Gonzales
 1932 The Racing Strain
Rival Car Driver
 1932 Soul of Mexico (as Ernesto Gillen)
 1932 Santa
 1931 Aloha
 1930 Are You There?
Young Man (as Donald Reece)
 1930 Men Without Law
Ramon del Rey
 1930 The Texan
Nick Ibarra
 1930 Le spectre vert
Major Mallory
 1929 Little Johnny Jones
 1929 A Most Immoral Lady
Pedro the Gigolo
 1929 Evangeline
 1929 Hardboiled
Kyle Stannard
 1928 Show Girl
Alvarez Romano
 1928 Night Watch
Lieutenant D'Artelle
 1928 Mad Hour
Jack Hemingway Jr
 1927 Naughty But Nice
Paul Carroll
 1927 Convoy
Smith's assistant
 1926 Brown of Harvard
Reggie Smythe (as Ernest Gillen)
 1926 The Auction Block
Carter Lane (as Ernest Gillen)
 1925 His Secretary
Head Clerk (as Ernest Gillen)
 1925 The Best Man (Short)
Gerald (as Ernest Gillen)
 1925 Any Woman
Tom Galloway (as Ernest Gillen)
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Alternate Names:

Ernesto Gillen | Ernest Gillen | Donald Reece

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Mexican actor who, though having anglicised his name, began in 1920's Hollywood as a stereotypical Latin lover. Reduced to supporting roles in 1930's second features.

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