Lynn Reynolds

Lynn Fairfield Reynolds (May 7, 1889 February 25, 1927) was an American director and screenwriter. Reynolds directed 81 films between 1915 and 1928. He also wrote for 58 films between 1914 and 1927. Reynolds was born in Harlan, Iowa and died in Los Angeles, California,[1] from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lynn Reynolds
From a 1920 magazine ad
Lynn Fairfield Reynolds

(1889-05-07)May 7, 1889
Harlan, Iowa, United States
DiedFebruary 25, 1927(1927-02-25) (aged 37)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationFilm director
Years active1914–1927
Spouse(s)Kathleen O'Connor


Returning home in 1927 after being snowbound in the Sierras for three weeks, Reynolds telephoned his wife, actress Kathleen O'Connor, to arrange a dinner party at their Hollywood home with another couple. During the dinner, Reynolds and O'Connor engaged in a heated quarrel in which each accused the other of infidelity. With his guests following in an attempt to calm him down, Reynolds left the table to retrieve a pistol from another room where he shot himself in the head.[2][3]

Selected filmography


  1. "Lynn Reynolds Dead". The Film Daily. XXXIX (48): 1. February 27, 1927. Retrieved September 29, 2015 via Internet Archive.
  2. "Quarrel Ends in Suicide of Film Director". Sarasota Herald. AP. February 26, 1927. p. 1. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  3. Starr, Jimmy (2001). Barefoot on Barbed Wire: An Autobiography of a Forty-year Hollywood Balancing Act. Scarecrow Press. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-8108-3941-0.
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