Reid Shelton (2009 Achievement Award)

Reid Shelton, Class of 1942, has been chosen for induction into the North Salem High School Hall of Fame’s 2009 Class in the category of Achievement. After graduation, Reid was drafted into the army, and at war’s end entered Willamette University where he majored in music and graduated in 1948. He received his Master’s Degree in music from the University of Michigan in 1951 and headed for New York. His first role of importance was that of Freddie Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, a role he played both in New York and on tour domestically and abroad for six and one-half years. His most famous role was that of Daddy Warbucks in the hit Broadway musical Annie, a role which he originated and for which he received a Tony nomination. He appeared as Daddy Warbucks 1,189 times. In addition to his stage work, Shelton also appeared in several movies and numerous television shows, as well as television and print advertising. He eventually returned to his Oregon roots, moving to Waldport. Shelton died in 1997 at the age of 72.

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