Newswire: R.I.P. Reynaldo Rey, Friday actor and stand-up comedian

Reynaldo Rey, whose career as a stand-up comedian and actor spanned more than 40 years, has died at the age of 75 of complications from a stroke. A prolific performer who released three albums over his long career, Rey was perhaps best known for appearing in films like White Men Can’t Jump and Friday, where he played minor but memorable roles. His first acting job was a one-episode stint on the Sandford And Son spinoff Sanford, working with his long-time friend and manager, Redd Foxx. Rey was apparently working on a tribute film to his mentor, titled Foxx, during the last few years of his life.

On stage, Rey was a bombastic, theatrical performer, throwing a powerful voice and missionary zeal behind his jokes, as in this clip from a show at the Apollo Theater:

That same intensity was applied to Rey’s film work, where he attacked small …

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