Charles Nelson Reilly, Match Game Panelist, Passes Away at 76
Charles Nelson Reilly, most known for being a regular on Match Game, passed away Friday at the age of 76. He had appeared on nearly every episode of the Daytime Match Game and Match Game PM, including many appearances on Match Game 90.
Reilly was originally an actor and acting coach but then gained a Tony Award for his portrayl of Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Reilly directed The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play starring Julie Harris based on the life of Emily Dickenson and later directed Harris again in The Gin Game. His final work was Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly, an autobiographical piece. In the 70s and 80s, he gained more fame for his infamous role on Match Game plus countless other game shows and talk shows. Most recently, he has done voice acting on the popular cartoon Spongebob Squarepants and as the boss of Drug Co. on The Drew Carey Show.
He died of pneumonia, and it was said he was sick for more than a year.
He will be missed. Rest in Peace.