Rex Reason was born on November 30th, 1928 while his parents were in Germany. He was reared in Los Angeles and attended Hoover High School in Glendale, California. He enlisted in the United States Army at the age of seventeen.
He began his stage career in 1948 at the Pasadena Playhouse, performing there for three years before coming to the notice of Hollywood. In 1951 he was given a screen test at Columbia Pictures and was cast as the lead in a starring role in his first picture, a low-budget adventure drama Storm Over Tibet (1952). Reason was under contract for two more years at Columbia until moving to Universal in mid-1953, after making a promising appearance in the sword-and-sandal epic Salome (1953) with Rita Hayworth.
A tall (6'2"), handsome, leading man with a distinctive baritone speaking voice, Reason appeared in several films and television shows throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He made two pictures at Universal Studios under the name "Bart Roberts" before insisting that his own name be used, which actually sounds like a Hollywood screen name.
Reason is perhaps best known for his role as stalwart, heroic scientist Dr. Cal Meacham in the science fiction film This Island Earth (1955). He co-starred in The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) as sympathetic scientist Dr. Tom Morgan in the third—and final—installment of Universal International Pictures' Creature from the Black Lagoon horror film series. He also appeared opposite Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier in Band of Angels (WB, 1957). He appeared in Badlands of Montana (1957) as an opponent of a corrupt Mayor played by John M. Pickard. In the story line, Pickard administers ten lashes with a whip to Reason's back.
Reason starred as newspapermen in two television series. The first of those was a syndicated western, Man Without a Gun (1957–1959), in the role of Adam MacLean, editor of the Yellowstone Sentinel newspaper in Dakota Territory. The second was the ABC/Warner Bros. drama, The Roaring Twenties (1960–1962), a crime drama rich in period music, in the role of Scott Norris, reporter for the fictitious New York Record.
He appeared in 1961 as a guest on an NBC interview program, Here's Hollywood, and guest-starred on a number of other television series. In 1962 he played the role of defendant Steve Brock in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Ancient Romeo." His final television appearance was in a 1963 episode of Wagon Train. He was also featured in episodes of Bourbon Street Beat, 77 Sunset Strip, The Alaskans, and other popular TV programs.
Reason walked out on his film contract with Warner Bros. in the fall of 1961 when he was being considered for a starring role in John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate. The film began as a WB project, but was completed as an independent film and released by United Artists in 1962. The role he was going to play went to Laurence Harvey instead.
After his film and television acting career ended, he worked as a real estate broker and had a second career recording some of his favorite writings.
Rex Reason passed away on November 19th, 2015 just shy of his 87th birthday. His legacy and adoration from family, friends and fans will live forever.