Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Charles Nelson Reilly

Charles Nelson Reilly died on May 25, 2007 at the age of 76.

As a kid growing up in the 1970’s my exposure to Mr Reilly was by way of the Sid & Marty Kroft show “Lidsville”, in which he played the evil magician Hoodoo. I loved that show.

I later saw him in reruns of the TV show “The Ghost and Mrs Muir”. I remember him most, though, from watching the game show “Match Game” which to this day remains my favorite game show. Although I was young when it was on, like 9-13 when I watched it regularly with my grandmother who used to laugh at the naughty (for the time) innuendos and I would in-turn laugh as though I “got it” at the age of 10. To this day I can watch re-runs of Match Game on the GameShow Network and I enjoy them as much now as I remember I did way back then.

Charles Nelson Reilly began his career on Broadway, and soon became a fixture on “The Tonight Show” and “The Dean Martin Show”. He was also on “The Hollywood Squares” in the mid- 80’s. In the 90’s, he appeared in such TV shows as “Evening Shade” (with Burt Reynolds), “B.L. Stryker” (also with Burt Reynolds), and as Jose Chung in a couple of “X-Files” episodes, and this character crossed over the “Millenium” show also for one episode. He also did some voice work for animated movies such as “All Dogs Go To Heaven” and “Rock a Doodle”, and for the TV series “Sponge Bob Square Pants”.

He was a very funny man. I’ll miss Charles Nelson Reilly, but as long as Game Show network runs past episodes of “Match Game”, he’ll always be here to make me laugh.



Blogger Sar said...

Man, I miss the X-Files and Millenium. That was a helluva Friday night line up.


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