Born and raised in the Bronx
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
Attended a circus where a fire broke out that eventually killed 167 members of the audience; Reilly was unharmed
After college, moved to NYC to pursue acting career
Stage debut in summer stock production of "Broken Dishes" in Tiverton, Rhode Island
Often performed in summer stock productions in New Jersey, Missouri and upstate New York
Made NYC stage debut in the revival of "Best Foot Forward"
Film acting debut "A Face in the Crowd"
Understudied both Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde in the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie"
Breakthrough stage role as Bud Frump in the award-winning musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"; won Tony Award
Made TV debut on the CBS variety series "Talent Scouts"
Worked in cabaret in Manhattan partnered with Eileen Brennan as "Brennan and Reilly"
Had major supporting role of Cornelius Hackel in "Hello, Dolly!"; played opposite Eileen Brennan as Irene Malloy; received Tony Award nomination
Played supporting role in the short-lived musical "Skyscraper", starring Julie Harris
TV debut as series regular on the short-lived CBS variety program "The Steve Lawrence Show"
Last film for over 15 years, "The Tiger Makes Out"
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
Hosted the summer variety show "The Golddigers in London" (NBC)
Was a regular on the syndicated "The Golddiggers"
Joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "Arnie" as a TV chef, 'The Giddyap Gourmet'
Played the evil magician Who Doo on the children's series "Lidsville" (ABC, NBC)
Appeared as a regular panelist on the CBS game show "The Match Game"
Had title role in "Uncle Croc's Block" (ABC), a spoof of children's programming
Stage directing breakthrough, the one-person show "The Belle of Amherst", starring Julie Harris
Appeared opposite Uta Hagen in "Charlotte" on Broadway
Voiced Fran Frankenstone on the NBC animated show "The Flintstone Funnies"
Returned to films in "Cannonball Run II"
Hosted "Sweethearts", a syndicated game show
First collaboration with animator Don Bluth, providing character voice for "All Dogs Go to Heaven"
Acted in the ABC TV-movie "Grand Theft Hotel", an installment of "B.L. Styker", starring Burt Reynolds
Made guest appearance on an episode of Reynolds' sitcom "Evening Shade"
Helmed episodes of the CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"
Directed Piper Laurie in the one-person show "The Last Flapper", about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
Introduced the character of author Jose Chung in an episode of the Fox series "The X-Files" written by Darin Morgan
Staged Broadway revival of the Pulitzer-winning "The Gin Game", starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning; received Tony nomination as Best Director
Played Jose Chung in an episode of the short-lived CBS sitcom "Meego"
Reprised role of Jose Chung in an episode of the Fox drama "Millennium" written and directed by Darin Morgan; received Emmy nomination
Directed Ruby Dee's solo show "My One Good Nerve--A Visit With Ruby Dee"
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
Received third Emmy nomination for guest appearance on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)
Voiced 'The Dirty Bubble' on the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon)
Headlined one-man show "Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly", marking his 50 years in show business
Appeared in the Reprise! staging of "Strike Up the Band" in L.A.
Appeared in "The Life of Reilly," a feature documentary based on his stage show; film released after his death