Charles Nelson Reilly

  • Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States
  • Died: May 25, 2007
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Father was a graphic artist who designed billboards for Paramount in New York.
  • Survived the Hartford Circus Fire, which broke out during a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey performance, claiming the lives of 168 people and injuring over a 1,000 more.
  • Studied under Uta Hagen for 9 years and followed her to HB Studio, where his classmates included Jack Lemmon, Jon Voight, Steve McQueen and Jerry Stiller. He later returned to the school to teach.
  • Made his Broadway debut in the original 1960 cast of Bye Bye Birdie in a bit role and as a standby for lead Dick Van Dyke.
  • Regularly occupied the top right seat on the classic game show Match Game.
  • Taught acting at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre for several years, and considered the actor one of his best friends.
  • His one-man show, Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly, premiered in 1999 and was filmed in 2006.


  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1962, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Winner
  • 1997, Tony — Director (Play): Nominee
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy: Nominee
  • 1964, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Nominee


  • Charles Joseph Reilly — Father
  • Patrick Hughes — Significant Other
  • Signe Elvera Reilly — Mother

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