Paul Reed
Paul Reed
Paul Reed appeared as Edwards Air Base Commander General Barkley in one episode of
I Dream of Jeannie.
General Information:
Date of birth: 16 June 1909
Born in: Highland Falls, New York
Died: 2 April 2007(2007-04-02) (aged 97)
Died in: Greenwich, Connecticut
Series/character information
Appeared on/in: I Dream of Jeannie
Number of
"Russian Roulette" (Season 1, episode #13)
Character played/
Appeared as:
General Barkley

Paul Reed (born Sidney Kahn, 16 June 1909 - 2 April 2007) made a guest appearance on I Dream of Jeannie as Edwards Air Force Base commander General Barkley in the Season 1 episode titled "Russian Roulette". Paul was an veteran comic actor known for his trademark "slow burn", which he made famous in his role as NYPD Captain Paul Block on Car 54, Where Are You?


Life and career

Paul was born in Highland Falls, New York to a Russian-Jewish family. Orphaned at an early age and reunited with his family two years later in New York City, Reed started working Vaudeville Houses as a chewing gum peddler. In 1919, a performer carried him onto the stage and this began a career that would last until 1998. Reed was a performer and a singer on WOR Radio in New York City in the 1930s. He would appear in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway Productions from 1940 to 1972, including several Gilbert and Sullivan works and long runs with Up in Central Park, Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Here's Love and Promises, Promises. In 1956, his comedic talents came forward as a foil for Sid Caesar in Caesar's Hour. In 1958, he would appear on Sergeant Bilko with future Car 54, Where Are You? star Joe E. Ross.

In 1961, Paul was cast in the Nat Hiken CBS-TV situation comedy Car 54, Where Are You? as the beleaguered Captain Paul Block of the 53rd Precinct in the Bronx.

Reed, a master of timing, was the perfect foil for the antics of the wacky police officers of the 53rd. His trademark on the show was the slow burn in which his reaction would go from restrained anger until he reached his boiling point and would explode. The show would end its run on September 8, 1963 after 60 episodes. Reed continued to work on Broadway and in sitcoms through the 1960s, appearing in various episodes of Bewitched, The Donna Reed Show, Beverly Hillbillies and I Dream of Jeannie. In 1965, he would appear with former Car 54, Where Are You? co-stars Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis in an episode of The Munsters. In later years, Reed would be a staple in television commercials until the 1990s.

A book about his life and career titled You Grew Up, written by Paul Reed Jr. was released in 2010 and is available through Bear Manor Media.


External links

  • Paul Reed at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)