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Charles Nelson Reilly

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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 ...


Reilly has taught acting for over 35 years at HB Studios and the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre. Among his "pupils" have been Lily Tomlin, Donna McKechnie, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Terri Garr and Peter Boyle.

He directed Julie Harris in 11 stage productions as of February 1998.

Reilly owns a 34-foot boat called "La Boheme" to which he has referred as his home away from home.

In the 1950s, he was told by a TV network executive not to expect to be hired for small screen work, because "they don't allow queers on television." (From TV Guide, March 15-22, 2002)

According to TV Guide (March 15-22, 2002), Reilly was second to Bob Hope for the most number of appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson".

From InTheater, February 27, 1998:

Question: How do you feel about actors?

Reilly: Most of them are crazy. It's all about how they're coming off, and they never leave anything open for the work. Every three years, Miss [Julie] Harris comes along like a nurse and erases all the horror that I have with the Renee Taylors, the Dennis Boutsikarises, the Laura Estermans. They're not involved with doing the play. There's such a thing as craft, but most people don't really want to learn acting. They want to be a success by four o'clock; they want to meet Aaron Spelling."

" ... if I cured cancer tomorrow, they'd still say 'Isn't that the idiot from 'Win, Lose or Draw'? I guess no one ever played 'Celebrity Bowling' and then went on to Northwestern to give a master class in Pinter." --Reilly quoted in the New York Post, May 5, 1997.

On "Hello, Dolly!": "That show was an awful experience. They fired 25 people in a year and I was the Equity deputy. Carol Channing wanted to all by herself on stage, and -- to me -- Gower Champion was a dreadfully rude man." --From InTheater, February 27, 1998.

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