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Jacqueline Andriakos
June 25, 2013 AT 07:47 PM EDT

Actor Elliott Reid died at age 93 on Friday due to heart failure, his nephew told the Los Angeles Times.

Although he had many memorable roles in television, stage, radio, and film, Reid was best-known for his role as private detective Ernie Malone in the 1953 comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In the movie, he starred opposite Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe.

At the age of 15, Reid’s career took off after landing a spot on The March of Time, Orson Welles’ radio show. Reid went on to star in Disney’s 1961 film The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, and NBC television’s That Was the Week That Was. He also appeared in several television series, including episodes of I Love Lucy, The Munsters, and Murder, She Wrote.

Edgeworth Blair Reid was born Jan. 16, 1920, in New York City to parents Blair, a banker, and Christine, an artist. He eventually took Elliott as his stage name.

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