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.
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May 29, 2007 |
Charles Nelson Reilly, whose persona as a wacky game show panelist and talk show guest overshadowed his serious work as a director and Tony-winning actor, has died. He was 76. Reilly, a longtime resident of Beverly Hills, died Friday of complications from pneumonia at UCLA Medical Center, said Paul Linke, who directed Reilly's one-man show "Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly." "The average person thinks of him as being on 'The Match Game.'
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May 28, 2007
Charles Nelson Reilly, 76, who won a Tony Award for the role of Bud Frump in the original 1962 Broadway production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and later became known for his ribald appearances on the "Tonight Show" and various game shows, died Friday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times. A full obituary will appear in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
July 14, 2003 |
"As the evening wore on -- the evening wore on! That's a nice expression. With your permission I'll say it again. The evening wore on." So says Elwood P. Dowd, the kindly man whose companion is an invisible white rabbit, in Mary Chase's "Harvey." He's describing a night on the town with Harvey and Dr. Chumley, a psychiatrist who wants Dowd committed to his sanitarium. Unfortunately, Dowd's words also describe opening night of Charles Nelson Reilly's staging of "Harvey" at Laguna Playhouse.
May 5, 2002 |
Charles Nelson Reilly calls two places home: a house in Beverly Hills and a 34-foot cabin cruiser in Marina del Rey. They're not far apart, and Reilly likes it that way. "Capricorns like to stay in one place," said the comic actor, who turned 71 in January. "I have to go to work in places like New York, but basically, I don't want to go anywhere. "One time I got a trip around the world for doing something on television, and the travel agent was so excited, I gave her the tickets."
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)