DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Charles Nelson Reilly (aged 76)
Charles Nelson Reilly II (January 13, 1931 – May 25, 2007) was an American actor, comedian, director, and drama teacher known for his comedic roles on stage and in films, television shows, and cartoons.
DEATH: Reilly was stricken with respiratory problems while filming The Life of Reilly, and retired from directing and performing immediately after the final day of shooting. The movie premiered in March 2006 at the South by Southwest film festival, and Reilly’s performance in the film received great acclaim. Reilly canceled his personal appearance at South by Southwest due to illness, and by the time the film premiered, he had been hospitalized. Reilly died of pneumonia at his home on May 25, 2007, and his body was cremated. That weekend, the Game Show Network dedicated its programming to Reilly, airing his funniest episodes of Match Game.