Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The Bad News
Charles Nelson Reilly died yesterday from pneumonia at the age of 76. Most of us remember him from Match Game, or Hollywood Squares, or Lidsville, but his was a talent far deeper than most knew. I met him once, very briefly, while helping with auditions at the Burt Reynold's Dinner Theatre. I handed him a stack of paperwork, and he said, "Thank you, honey." I was 19 or 20, and while some might have been freaked by such a comment, coming from him it seemed quite complimentary. So much so that the moment has stayed in my memory for more than two decades. There are others who frequent this little corner who knew him better. PIKARESQUE wrote a lovely eulogy, and if any others of you who knew him wish to post something here, please feel free. Here is a link to a pretty good, brief bio of this gentle, largely unsung giant.
Charles Nelson Reilly
Rest well, sir. I wish I had known you better.