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'Pimp My Ride' producer held in wife's death drove Cadillac hearse in high school

April 8, 2010 |  4:35 pm

Every scandal needs a creepy factoid or two, and here's one from the file of reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman: Back in high school, he tooled around town in a Cadillac hearse.

Beresford-Redman, who's been detained by Mexican police in connection with his wife's death at a luxury resort in Cancun, is hardly a household name, but he did become a key figure in the reality TV world. He co-created MTV's hit "Pimp My Ride" and also worked as a supervising producer on CBS' "Survivor." He and longtime business partner Rick Hurvitz also developed a stunt-driving show called "Crash Course," which briefly aired on ABC last summer.

Before the two found their fortunes in TV, however, they were car-loving classmates at a New Jersey high school, where, according to a 2005 New York Times piece, Beresford-Redman drove a Cadillac hearse and Hurvitz had a Oldsmobile Delta 88. "As far as we know, everybody appreciated the irony," Beresford-Redman was quoted as saying.

Now colleagues are saying little about Beresford-Redman. The office of "Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett referred calls to CBS, which declined comment. MTV also declined to comment.

-- Scott Collins