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REASON, RHODES
(1930– ). American actor.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR FILM CREDITS
Acted in: "The Miracle of Dr. Dove" (1956), episode of Science Fiction Theatre; Voodoo Island (Reginald LE BORG 1957); "Ghost Rider" (1957), episode of Maverick; The Big Fisherman (Frank Borzage 1959); "Girl with a Secret" (1960), episode of Thriller; "The Alamo" (1966), "The Walls of Jericho" (1967), episodes of The Time Tunnel; "Bread and Circuses" (1968), episode of Star Trek; King Kong Escapes (Inoshiro HONDA 1968); "Movie" (1972), episode of Mission Impossible.
 
The younger brother of actor Rex REASON, with whom he is regularly confused, he is, as noted in that other entry, not quite as handsome as his brother but a somewhat better performer, which explains why he continued to act even after Rex had long ago fled the scene to flourish in the real estate business.

In the 1950s, like his brother, Rhodes Reason most busied himself in film and television westerns (including a guest role in an episode of Maverick that merits inclusion in his genre credits since the story involves the purported appearance of a ghost), though even then he seemed to be getting more work than Rex, as shrewd casting directors noted that he not only looked good, but could fitfully bring a bit of life to his performances. His first genre role of any significance was in support of Boris KARLOFF in Voodoo Island, where as boat captain Matthew Dunn he romanced a beautiful woman and postured heroically at ridiculous, carnivorous plants. Other roles that followed included a restrained performance as the apostle Andrew in the dull biblical epic The Big Fisherman, a small part in an episode of Karloff's Thriller, and a turn as Colonel Travis in The Time Tunnel when Irwin ALLEN's clichéd-obsessed time travelers decide to visit the besieged Alamo.

While nothing in Rhodes Reason's career had the impact of Rex's This Island Earth, he did finally land two roles in 1967 which will, in some circles, keep his memory alive. For an episode of Star Trek, he drew upon his experience in The Big Fisherman to competently portray a persecuted Christian in an inane parallel world identical to twentieth-century Earth except that the Roman Empire was still around—the sort of Star Trek episode that certain dedicated viewers, such as myself, have resolved to never watch again, but will forever be carefully studied by less discriminating fans. He also traveled to Japan to serve as the obligatory has-been American actor to draw western audiences in the monsterfest King Kong Escapes, a surprisingly enjoyable film with a surprisingly effective Rhodes Reason as a submarine commander observing the antics of the giant ape and his robotic counterpart. Unlike Nick ADAMS, who appeared to believe that such work might revive his fading career and responded with excessive emotion, Rhodes Reason seemed to accept that the film would do nothing to improve his lot and made no attempt through overacting to draw attention away from the people in monster suits.

Rhodes kept working throughout the 1970s, and in the 1980s he actually succeeded on the legitimate stage of Broadway—portraying Daddy Warbucks in Annie for three years, showing off a hitherto-unused singing voice, and proving once and for all that he could act better than brother Rex. It really isn't fair, then, that he remains less prominent than Rex Reason simply because of that one famous role in This Island Earth; then again, unlike Rex, the elderly Rhodes Reason still might be capable of one more memorable performance if some nostalgic director like Joe DANTE ever gives him a call.

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