Richmond Reed

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Richmond Reed was born in New York City, New York back in 1906 to William and Genevieve. His father died when he was two and his mother married again. His stepfather thought the way to bring up someone else’s boy was the beat him every day. When he was fourteen he ran away, never to go back.

He spent time with his maternal uncle Peter. He studied at the Philadelphia Graphic Arts Institute. For a time, he earned a living painting portraits at the price of $2.50. He was arrested for vagrancy, while in jail he was beaten suffering a broken nose that did not set correctly.

He decided to switch profession so he recited the gravedigger’s line from Hamlet. He started working for Cecil B. Demille the next day, and as they say the rest is history.

By 1936, he was a member of John Ford’s stock company making 11 pictures with Ford. All in all, he appeared in 225 movies, he was also an accomplished stage performer playing the roles of Hamlet and Macbeth. He died in 1988, he was 82.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m writing about Richmond Reed Carradine, or you may know him better by his stage name John Carradine.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Fascinating story - I will remember his nose the next time I see one of his movies - thanks for sharing

May 29, 2019 03:58 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I know your mention of Hamlet was a clue but it wasn't much help for me.  Another interesting history.  

May 29, 2019 03:59 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

With the stage name, it brought back a few memories having seen a few of his movies.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 29, 2019 04:14 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure was a character, I watched many if his movies.

May 29, 2019 04:42 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray the stairway to stardom via Cecil B. Demille.... nice piece of information from the past.... I think most have read parts of Hamlet...brought back some names and famous passages...i.e., Laertes, Polonius' son.... and his advice to his son.

May 29, 2019 04:43 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. I have seen some of his work, but never knew the background story. Thanks! Enjoy your day!

May 29, 2019 05:48 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - ok, so next time I am going to look at that nose when I see a picture or movie.

May 29, 2019 05:49 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I don't think I have heard of him, but is his son the guy that was in Kung Fu?

May 29, 2019 05:59 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow, what a story. So very sad and then productive.

May 29, 2019 06:44 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, Next movie I watch james I will take notice to his nose for sure.  A sad early childhood.


May 29, 2019 08:48 AM #10
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Neat story James Dray  (except for the beatings he endured).

May 29, 2019 08:56 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


An interesting post to say the least, and the Carradine family has several good actors in the limelight.  A

May 29, 2019 09:28 AM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - This is very interesting about John Carridine.  What a shame that he had to endure the abuse as a child...

May 29, 2019 11:32 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

John started his life at a clear disadvantage but by working hard to hone his craft became a very accomplished performer.

May 29, 2019 12:39 PM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 John was a very fine actor and he is missed James Dray. Thank you for sharing.

May 29, 2019 01:14 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I wasn't sure who you were highlighting but I do know who John Carradine was!!!

May 29, 2019 05:44 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

And the rest of his family did well as well in Hollywood so you never know, Endre

May 29, 2019 11:49 PM #17
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

What a tough upbringing for a kid. He achieved great things though.

May 30, 2019 07:25 AM #18
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