Reynaldo Rey

  • Born: January 27, 1940
  • Died: May 28, 2015
  • Location: Los Angeles, California


Reynaldo Rey, the actor-comedian who appeared in such films as "Friday" and "White Men Can't Jump," has died. He was 75. (photo credit:

'Friday' actor-comedian dies at 75

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reynaldo Rey, the actor-comedian who appeared in such films as "Friday" and "White Men Can't Jump," has died. He was 75.

Rey's manager Vanzil Burke says he died Thursday at a Los Angeles hospital from complications after suffering a stroke.

His career in show business spanned more than 30 years. Rey's film credits include "Harlem Nights," ''House Party 3," ''For Da Love of Money" and "Far Out Man." Rey also appeared in the TV series "227," ''Sister, Sister" and "The Parent 'Hood."

Rey started his career as a stand-up comedian. He opened for Redd Foxx for several years and appeared on such shows as BET's "Comic View."

He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons and mother.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. Rey was one of the most funniest presences we ever watched in the world of comedy. May you comical spirit live years to come.

Posted by A friend   March 24, 2020

I know it's been four & 1/2 years. Today is my birthday and I shared with a friend something funny Mr. Rey said to me in 1999 which made a group of us laugh hard backstage @ Comic View. His comical spirit still lives with us.

Posted by MsPhillis Andrews - Durham, NC - acquaintance   November 06, 2019

I was thinking about something Reynaldo said to me a long time ago. It made me laugh so much. I miss you dear friend. You will always be in my memories and my heart.

Posted by Roxie Baring Hollingsworth - Dallas, TX - Friend   May 28, 2019

I will always remember your beautiful spirit AND your Laugh! You are missed! Rey In Paradise my friend. Shine on!

Posted by Deidre Gilbert - Los Angeles, CA - Friend   May 28, 2019

I Miss You, Kid! RIP------So Much Love! Jackie Martin 05-28-19

Posted by Jacqueline Martin - Richmond, VA - Friend   May 28, 2019

Reynaldo Rey was truly a great talent.RIP,Mr Rey from Casey Grimes-Finley,Chicago,Illinois

Posted by Casey Grimes-Finley - Chicago, IL - Family Friend   July 05, 2018

He was on of the Most funniest Men in The Comedy World. He helped to Mold the up and coming Comedians...

Posted by LiveAdvice With Misty - Detroit, MI   April 08, 2018

Great comedian, never failed to make me laugh when I saw him. He will be missed.

Posted by Dana Earls - Fresno, TX   November 30, 2016

TOP NOTCH COMEDIAN...Reynaldo was the best because he never held back, that why he captivated audiences so easy. I'm going to miss not seeing you on TV and in movies RED, but you will always be in my heart and in my memories as the best entertainer ever. MANY MANY BLESSINGS to FAMILY & FRIENDS

Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   June 27, 2016

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   May 28, 2016

I had the pleasure of hearing comedian Reynaldo Rey, over twenty-five times in the 1970's and 1980's, at the Parisian Room jazz club in L.A. I'll never forget his great comedy routines. RIP Mr. Rey. I'll always remember to never let a fifty cents light bulb mess up my hundred dollar high.

Posted by Richard Hickman - Los Angeles, CA - Fan   June 11, 2015

What an honor to be able to leave a message of condolences. RIH! Great comedian.

Posted by Zondra Wilson - Los Angeles, CA - fan   June 10, 2015

In God's care rest in peace

Posted by Dwayne Bickham,Sr. - Dayton, OH - fan   June 07, 2015


What a blessing it is to be able to leave my condolences in honor of such a great man. he was a notable icon. God bless to all that are dealing with his death intimately.

Posted by CYNDI L. BROWN - RICHMOND, VA - ADMIRER   June 05, 2015


Reynoldo was a dear friend and mentor of mine. I had the honor of working with him. We shared lots of wonderful Club Venue performances together in California and Nevada. The last place I performed with him was at his Family Reunion in Cleveland Ohio. His son and family were just as wonderful and generous in heart as he was. He and his wife have always shown me love and support. He was family to me and will always be like a brother and I will never forget him. I will always remember his great heart and spirit and vast talents. I am so thankful for meeting one of the greats and I will honor his life as a fellow artist. R.I.P. my big brother. Karla Starr.

Posted by Karla Starr - Youngstown, OH - Friend   June 03, 2015

Reynaldo was a personal friend of mine. We shared a lot of good times. But most of all, Ill always be grateful for his hosting "The First Annual Page Four Reunion" on Sept. 26th, 2004. It was a great event and a very memorable occasion. For hosting, I honored him with a luncheon at Crustacean's in Beverly Hills that I'll never forget. I presented him with a plaque, a self portrait and a photo album of the memories. He was extremely appreciative and I'll cherish that afternoon forever. RIP my good friend. 10-4

Posted by Jacqueline Martin - Richmond, VA - Personal Friend   June 03, 2015

May God Bless and keep the Rey Family during their time of sorrow. I remember the first time I seen Mr. Reynaldo on television. He told the joke about the 80 year old woman walking down the street holding her hat. I told that joke when I was in the 8th grade (1988) and from time to time I revive it. I still get a kick out of that joke. Rest in Paradise Mr. Rey

Posted by Jay Jay Allen - Spring Lake, NC - Fan   June 02, 2015

My deepest condolences to the Rey family but i must say as funny as Mr.Reynaldo Rey was he never quite got the praises that he so rightfully deserved and i know he is making God laugh so hard he is crying,i will miss him greatly and thank Reynaldo for his gift of laughter

Posted by David Tate - oakland, CA - fan   June 01, 2015


To The Family of Reynaldo Rey,
A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept my condolences, he will not be forgotten. -Let the President Barack Obama know that through his email, fax, letter, phone, visit that Kimtraila has said her last respect to your loved one.
God Bless,
Kimtraila Williams

Posted by Kimtraila Williams - Detroit, MI - Fan   May 31, 2015


Thank you for making us Laugh,

Posted by Your fans - Decatur, GA   May 30, 2015

Rest in heavenly peace rey. Thank you for your support of my stand up career. You made me laugh till i cried always. Love myrajofrombaltimo

Posted by myrajo arvin - sherman oaks, CA - standup buddies   May 30, 2015


Reynaldo you are now united with Redd, Lawanda, Whitman, Don, Leroy and Skillet and Richard, and all the Masters of their Craft. Heaven is Laughing! May God Bless his family.

Posted by Dr. & Mrs. Russell Allen Wright, Sr. - Panama City, FL - Fan   May 29, 2015

He certainly was funny, and I especially remember him from the series "227". I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans all over at this time. We can always gain comfort from Acts. 24:15 to endure times like these.

Posted by C.B.    May 29, 2015

To the Family of Reynaldo Rey, I & my family send our condolences to you. I didn't know Mr Rey, but was an avid fan of his acting & career. I respected & enjoyed his talent. He will be missed terribly. In your lives and on the screen. I pray that God holds & comforts you through this rough time. God Bless

Posted by Sherry Conner - Chicago, IL - Fan   May 29, 2015

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Reynaldo Rey, the actor-comedian who appeared in such films as "Friday" and "White Men Can't Jump," has died. He was 75. (photo credit:

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Dear family, sorry for your loss. please find comfort in this bible passage. John 5:28,29. Soon we will be reunited with our family members, what a wonderful hope.