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1/ Michael Reid (19 January 1940 – 29 July 2007) was an English comedian and character actor, from Hackney in east London, who is best remembered for playing the role of Frank Butcher in EastEnders and hosting the popular children’s TV show Runaround. He was also noted for his gravelly voice and strong Cockney accent.

He capitalised on his initial success with a one-off hit record, a novelty version of The Ugly Duckling recorded on PYE records. In 1975 it reached number 10 in the BBC Top 50 Singles Chart. In 1975 he also became the host of the ITV children’s TV quiz show Runaround, fondly remembered for its incomprehensible rules and the incongruity of Reid as presenter. Runaround ended in 1981.

He also recorded a duet with EastEnders co-star Barbara Windsor which was released as a single in 1992,
and from Barbara Windsor’s album You’ve Got A Friend.

2/ Michael Barry (Mike) Reid (born May 24, 1947 in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is a retired professional American football defensive lineman and Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter. After several years playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, Reid retired from football and began his work as a singer-songwriter, penning several hit singles for country music artists, including Ronnie Milsap’s “Stranger in My House”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1984.


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