Monday, May 28, 2007

Charles Nelson Reilly

Charles Nelson Reilly died at the age of 76. Mr. Reilly received a Tony Award for his role as Bud Frump in the original Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. On TV he was he appeared Claymore Gregg on TV’s The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I knew him first as Horatio J. HooDoo in Lidsville,

and later as a regular on the game show Match Game.

His final work was an autobiographical one-man show, Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly.

Reilly’s openly gay television persona was ahead of its time. A network executive told him “they don’t let queers on television.” Mr. Reilly later had the last laugh when he would page through TV Guide and count how many times he was on the air that week.

To quote Horatio J. HooDoo in Lidsville, "How’s that for a topper?"

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Tony Figueroa
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