'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' Actor Elliott Reid Dies at 93

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Elliott Reid

He passed away from heart failure at an assisted-living facility, according to his nephew.

Elliott Reid, best known for his roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Absent-Minded Professor, died Friday at the age of 93.

He passed away from heart failure at the assisted-living facility in Studio City, Calif., where he lived, his nephew told the Los Angeles Times.

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Reid starred opposite Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and alongside Fred MacMurray in The Absent-Minded Professor.

He also had roles in Son of Flubber and Inherit the Wind and appeared in episodes of I Love Lucy, Perry Mason and Murder, She Wrote, among others.

Reid even impersonated John F. Kennedy at a 1962 dinner with the president in the audience. JFK was reportedly "convulsed" by the performance.

Reid was born Edgeworth Blair Reid on Jan. 16, 1920, in New York City, later taking "Elliott" as his stage name.