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'Venus Flytrap' joins McDonnell in promoting film industry in Virginia

Anita Kumar

Actor Tim Reid stopped in Richmond Monday to promote film production as Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) ceremoniously signed two bills offering tax credits to Virginia moviemakers.

You remember Reid. He is probably best known as Venus Flytrap on the 1970s show WKRP in Cincinnati, but also appeared on Sister Sister and is currently appearing in the HBO mini-series Treme.

Reid, dressed in gray suit, no tie, glasses and a single earring, looked older than his Venus Flytrap days, but still very much the same. His speech was serious except for when he screamed "yahoo!" in his support of the bills.

Reid, McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and state legislators appeared at historic St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry delivered his "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech. Henry, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington reenactors were on hand to greet the guests.

"I really think (Virginia) can one of the greatest locations anywhere in the country for film production,'' McDonnell said.

Some of the movies filmed in Virginia include What About Bob?, Dave and Evan Almighty. Reid, who founded New Millennium Studios in Petersburg with his wife, Daphne Reid (the mom from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) has been filming a documentary, Keepers of the Flame, about the Virginia State Capitol and the state's history. Filming has taken place in Richmond, Williamsburg, Jamestown and Petersburg.

And just for fun, you can click below to listen to the WKRP in Cincinnati theme song.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 14, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate  
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Daphne Reid was the (second) mom from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Posted by: antwon1999 | June 16, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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