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Also Known As: Died: May 27, 2007
Born: January 13, 1931 Cause of Death: complications from pneumonia
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Born and raised in the Bronx
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After his father suffered a nervous breakdown, moved with family to Hartford, Connecticut; sent to live with grandparents; lived in 2 1/2 room apartment with six other people and no heat or hot water
1944:
Attended a circus where a fire broke out that eventually killed 167 members of the audience; Reilly was unharmed
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After college, moved to NYC to pursue acting career
1950:
Stage debut in summer stock production of "Broken Dishes" in Tiverton, Rhode Island
1951:
Often performed in summer stock productions in New Jersey, Missouri and upstate New York
1956:
Made NYC stage debut in the revival of "Best Foot Forward"
1957:
Film acting debut "A Face in the Crowd"
1960:
Understudied both Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde in the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie"
1961:
Breakthrough stage role as Bud Frump in the award-winning musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"; won Tony Award
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Made TV debut on the CBS variety series "Talent Scouts"
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Worked in cabaret in Manhattan partnered with Eileen Brennan as "Brennan and Reilly"
1964:
Had major supporting role of Cornelius Hackel in "Hello, Dolly!"; played opposite Eileen Brennan as Irene Malloy; received Tony Award nomination
1965:
Played supporting role in the short-lived musical "Skyscraper", starring Julie Harris
1965:
TV debut as series regular on the short-lived CBS variety program "The Steve Lawrence Show"
1967:
Last film for over 15 years, "The Tiger Makes Out"
1968:
Co-starred as Clayton Gregg, the owner of a haunted cottage, on the sitcom version of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (NBC, 1968-1969; ABC 1969-1970); received Emmy nomination in 1970
1970:
Hosted the summer variety show "The Golddigers in London" (NBC)
1971:
Was a regular on the syndicated "The Golddiggers"
1971:
Joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "Arnie" as a TV chef, 'The Giddyap Gourmet'
1971:
Played the evil magician Who Doo on the children's series "Lidsville" (ABC, NBC)
1973:
Appeared as a regular panelist on the CBS game show "The Match Game"
1975:
Had title role in "Uncle Croc's Block" (ABC), a spoof of children's programming
1976:
Stage directing breakthrough, the one-person show "The Belle of Amherst", starring Julie Harris
1980:
Appeared opposite Uta Hagen in "Charlotte" on Broadway
1980:
Voiced Fran Frankenstone on the NBC animated show "The Flintstone Funnies"
1983:
Returned to films in "Cannonball Run II"
1988:
Hosted "Sweethearts", a syndicated game show
1989:
First collaboration with animator Don Bluth, providing character voice for "All Dogs Go to Heaven"
1990:
Acted in the ABC TV-movie "Grand Theft Hotel", an installment of "B.L. Styker", starring Burt Reynolds
1990:
Made guest appearance on an episode of Reynolds' sitcom "Evening Shade"
1990:
Helmed episodes of the CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"
1991:
Directed Piper Laurie in the one-person show "The Last Flapper", about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
1996:
Introduced the character of author Jose Chung in an episode of the Fox series "The X-Files" written by Darin Morgan
1997:
Staged Broadway revival of the Pulitzer-winning "The Gin Game", starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning; received Tony nomination as Best Director
1997:
Played Jose Chung in an episode of the short-lived CBS sitcom "Meego"
1998:
Reprised role of Jose Chung in an episode of the Fox drama "Millennium" written and directed by Darin Morgan; received Emmy nomination
1998:
Directed Ruby Dee's solo show "My One Good Nerve--A Visit With Ruby Dee"
1999:
Acted with Julie Harris in the children's film "First of May", also featuring Jo Di Maggio (filmed in 1997); screened at the Cleveland Film Festival
1999:
Received third Emmy nomination for guest appearance on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)
1999:
Voiced 'The Dirty Bubble' on the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon)
2000:
Headlined one-man show "Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly", marking his 50 years in show business
2001:
Appeared in the Reprise! staging of "Strike Up the Band" in L.A.
2007:
Appeared in "The Life of Reilly," a feature documentary based on his stage show; film released after his death

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