May 30, 2007 |
In the '70s, a golden age of TV comedy, the two funniest men on the air were launching their wit from most unlikely platforms -- network game shows. No one on Peter Marshall's "Hollywood Squares" could compete with center square Paul Lynde, whose riotous ripostes were typically underscored by a sinister, almost sniveling laugh.
July 9, 2000 |
Sitting down to talk about his life in show business, Charles Nelson Reilly begins: "Paris. I was born in Paris." His face, however, indicates otherwise. Blooming there is one of his trademark grins, which seems to defy human musculature by stretching in a long, tight line from one jaw socket to the other. Truth is, the 69-year-old comic actor confesses, he was born in the Bronx. He'll get to that in a minute; but in the meantime, why not have a little fun? "I have a good time," he says.
September 2, 1994 |
A new comedy, "The Wives," which opens next week at the Ventura Court Theatre in Studio City, is directed by television personality Charles Nelson Reilly. Reilly is probably best-known as a celebrity game-show contestant on programs such as "The Match Game" and "Hollywood Squares." His zany comic style makes it easy to forget that he also is an accomplished, award-winning actor and director. Born in New York, Reilly studied acting with Uta Hagen.
June 3, 1986
Comedian Charles Nelson Reilly filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court over injuries suffered last year while performing on a circus set at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The lawsuit alleges that Caesar's Palace Corp., Circus of the Stars and other co-defendants associated with the facility were guilty of negligence in that Reilly "was caused to slip and fall on animal feces on the floor."
September 10, 2000
The portion of Jan Breslauer's story on Julie Harris and the serendipitous eavesdropping by Charles Nelson Reilly on the conversation at Sardi's between Don Gregory and Mike Merrick and their hope to produce a one-person show omitted a very telling plot point ("Sharing the Soul of the Poet," Sept. 3). As recounted by Reilly in his "Save It for the Stage," producers Gregory and Merrick wanted the star (Harris) and the play ("The Belle of Amherst") but not Reilly, who conceived the project, engaged the writer (William Luce)
June 2, 2007
THANKS for Charles McNulty's thoughtful piece on Charles Nelson Reilly ["A Gift for Connecting," May 30]. As usual, it's the funny people who turn out to be the most serious and intelligent folks in showbiz. It's too bad that most people will only remember him for "Match Game." RICHARD ZUELCH Lakewood I was lucky enough to know Charles Nelson Reilly. He was a loving, funny and caring guy. He was a great teacher and a wonderful director. I remember one day, I was shopping at Ralphs on Coldwater and Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.