Pamela Reed

  • Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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This subtle, stage-trained actress has contorted her everywoman looks to fit myriad characters, from suburban moms to determined detectives to driven professionals. After earning accolades for her New York stage work, Reed made a memorable film debut as infamous Old West outlaw Belle Starr in 1980's The Long Riders. She spent the rest of the decade portraying disparate characters on the big and the small screens, making her biggest impressions as Arnold Schwarzenegger's flu-stricken partner in Kindergarten Cop and winning a Cable ACE Award for her portrayal of a tireless political-campaign manager in the miniseries Tanner '88. Reed has since become a fixture on television, with reoccuring roles and guest spots on series such as Parks and Recreation, The Beast, Grey's Anatomy, The United States of Tara, The Simpsons, Jericho and JAG. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, director Sandy Smolan, and their two children.

Fast Facts

  • Her childhood ambition was to become an airline stewardess.
  • Helped pay for college by working as a cook's helper on the Alaska pipeline, north of the Arctic Circle.
  • In 1979 won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Marsha Norman's Getting Out; received an OBIE Award in 1984 for "sustained excellence of performance" in theater.
  • Her film debut was portraying Old West outlaw Belle Starr in 1980's The Long Riders.
  • Won a 1988 Cable ACE Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Tanner '88.
  • Her future husband, Sandy Smolan, directed her in the 1987 feature Rachel River.


  • Norine Geistle — Mother
  • Reed Michael Smolan — Son
  • Sandy Smolan — Husband
  • W. Vernie Reed — Father
  • Lily Smolan — Daughter


  • Attended University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States; attended Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, United States; University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States (BFA in Drama, 1975)

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