Kent McCord (born September 26, 1942) is an American actor and writer best known for his role as Officer Jim Reed on the television series Adam-12.
McCord was born Kent Franklin McWhirter in Los Angeles, California. Using the stage name Kent McCord, he first appeared on television in 1962 on ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. He became a close friend of Ricky Nelson and made a total of 19 appearances on the program over the next few years. He also landed small parts in three Elvis Presley films. He also appeared as a motorcycle courier in a McHale's Navy episode entiled "Monkey Business 007" under the name Kent McWhirter.
After working in a variety of secondary roles, he got his big break in 1968 when he was given a lead role next to Martin Milner as rookie LAPD police officer James A. "Jim" Reed on Adam-12, a police drama television series created by Jack Webb. The popular show ran on NBC from 1968 to 1975 and made McCord a household name. In the first season of Jack Webb's Dragnet 1967, he appeared twice. The first appearance, in the episode "The Big Explosion", saw him credited under his legal name. The second, in the episode "The Interrogation", McCord was credited under his stage name and he played the role of an LAPD officer who had allegedly robbed a store while working an undercover narcotics detail fresh out of the police academy. McCord went on to appear five additional times in the second season, three times as unnamed officers and twice as his eventual Adam-12 character Jim Reed. He appeared one more time on Dragnet as Reed before the character became exclusive to Adam-12...
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