Soap Opera Veteran, Longtime TV Star John Reilly Dead At 84


John Reilly, a longtime veteran of the cleaning soap opera world who additionally had a protracted profession on a number of different primetime exhibits, as properly, has died. He was 84 years outdated.

He died in some unspecified time in the future this weekend, in response to an Instagram submit first printed by his daughter, Caitlin Reilly. His explanation for demise has not but been introduced.

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Born in Chicago, Reilly received his begin on notable cleaning soap operas, together with As The World Turns. His first really huge break got here when he performed Roy Ralston, the discuss present host and J.R. Ewing confidante on Dallas. Ultimately, in 1984, he grew to become retired spy Sean Donely on Normal Hospital — a task which lasted till 1995 and was arguably his largest and most well-known character of his profession. He returned memorably for the season finale of the present’s spinoff sequence, Night time Shift, in 2008, after which later in 2013 once more popped as much as assist have a good time its 50th anniversary on tv.

Along with his work on Normal Hospital, Reilly additionally memorably appeared on a number of main primetime exhibits of the final a number of a long time, as properly. For one, he was Kelly Taylor’s absent father on Beverly Hills, 90210. He additionally had a recurring position on NBC‘s Passions, taking part in Alister Crane after the late David Bailey.

In 1994, he was additionally notable for having accomplished voiceover work within the position of Hawkeye on Marvel‘s Iron Man animated sequence — so it’s clear he had appearing chops to painting plenty of completely different characters with completely different quirks and personalities.

In her submit bidding farewell to her father, Caitlin shared a very heartwarming and touching sentiment, and one level writing (beneath):

“John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest mild on the earth has gone out. Think about the perfect particular person on the earth. Now think about that particular person being your dad. I’m so grateful he was mine. I’m so grateful I received to like him. I’m so grateful I made it in time to carry him and say goodbye. I truthfully don’t know what I’m going to do, however I do know he’ll be with me. I really like you ceaselessly Daddy.”


Right here’s the complete submit (beneath):

Very touching.

Love that image.

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Might John Reilly relaxation in peace after a profession well-done and evidently a life well-lived, and should his family members discover consolation now within the robust instances after his passing. Unhappy, unhappy stuff…


[Picture by way of Nikki Nelson/WENN]


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