Peter Reynolds
Actor Peter Reynolds.jpg
Peter Gordon Horrocks

(1921-08-16)16 August 1921
Wilmslow, Cheshire, England
Died22 April 1975(1975-04-22) (aged 53)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1948–1975

Peter Reynolds (born Peter Gordon Horrocks; 16 August 1921 – 22 April 1975) was an English actor.[1][2][3]


Most of his career was spent in B films, as "the archetypal spiv, unreliable boyfriend, unscrupulous blackmailer, the smoothie ever ready to light a lady's cigarette".[4]

He starred in two early films for John Guillermin.[5] He played Hilaire in episode 28 of The Adventures of William Tell, The Avenger (1959).


In 1969 Reynolds moved to Australia, where his career gained a second wind. He appeared in over two dozen roles in his first six years there (1969 to 1974, inclusive), mainly on TV. Amongst his appearances was a leading role in the black comedy film Private Collection (1972).[6] He also appeared in Woodbine cigarette commercials. He lived alone, apart from his little dog, in Sydney; his brother lived in the same city.

He and his dog died in a fire in his flat in Oxford St Paddington on 22 April 1975. The fire was caused by Reynolds smoking in bed.[7]

Selected filmography


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  2. ^ "Peter Reynolds - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie".
  3. ^ "Peter Reynolds - Theatricalia".
  4. ^ Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, p. 178.
  5. ^ Vagg, Stephen (17 November 2020). "John Guillermin: Action Man". Filmink.
  6. ^ "Private Collection - Review - Photos - Ozmovies". Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Coroner praises men for attempt to rescue actor". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 August 1975. p. 23.