Billy Reed

Sound technician at Universal Studios

Billy Reed, longtime sound technician at Universal Studios, died Sept. 2 at his home in Camarillo, Calif. He was 90.

Since his retirement in 1982, Reed worked at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Calabasas, Calif., where he accumulated more than 16,000 hours of volunteer service.

Reed began his show business career as a tap dancer during vaudeville’s final era. After World War II, he segued to the other side of the stage, first as a laborer and propman and then as a soundman during his 40-year career. He worked for several years with Jack Webb on the original “Dragnet” TV series before moving over to Universal, where he was a familiar sight on the looping stage.

He is survived by his son Kim Reed, a publicity VP at NBC; a daughter Leslie Brangham; and three grandchildren.

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