William Reynolds has died. The actor, who is probably best known for his role on The FBI, has died at the age of 90. His son Eric Regnolds confirmed the sad news to Deadline, sharing that the star of the ’60s and ’70s died on August 24 of complications from pneumonia that weren’t caused by COVID-19.
The FBI originally ran from 1965 to 1974, with Reynolds (whose real name is William de Clercq Regnolds) replacing actor Stephen Brooks on the series. Reynolds played the role of special agent Tom Colby for six seasons while the cop show was in its prime, but didn’t stick with acting for too long after starring on the series. According to IMDB, after the ABC and Warner Bros. television show, Reynolds only enjoyed two minor acting credits, appearing in 1978’s Project UFO and the following year in the short film Hairway to the Stars. William spent his years after leaving The FBI as a businessman, but enjoyed appearances in a number of notable projects before officially retiring from acting, including landing roles in The Twilight Zone and Maverick.
Reynolds’ death has clearly made waves in Hollywood, as many who knew the late actor took to Twitter to pay their respects.
William Reynolds tributes poured out across social media
Many paid tribute to William Reynolds with sweet messages following confirmation of his death, with one person tweeting: “Farewell WILLIAM REYNOLDS. Handsome actor at Universal. TV regular at the FBI. Unforgettable as a son teasing his mother’s affair [with] a young Rock Hudson in Douglas Sirk’s ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (’55). Nice guy, solid actor and smoldering hottie!” Another fan wrote on Twitter: “#RIP William Reynolds; He was credited as the stalwart Special Agent Tom Colby opposite Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Inspector Lewis Erskine on ABC’s long-running Sunday night hit ‘The FBI’.”
Those hoping to pay a personal tribute to the actor can attend a public memorial service to be held Sept. 10 at Miller Jones Menifee Memorial Park in Menifee, California, according to Deadline.
Reynolds is survived by his two children, Carrie Regnolds Jones and Eric Regnolds, and his two grandsons, Anthony Regnolds Jones and Nicholas Camello Regnolds. He was also a proud great-grandfather of Gianni Camello Regnolds, according to Deadline. William was married to actress Molly Sinclair until her death in 1992, with the couple being married for 42 years.