Too young to have seen The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and too much of a philistine to have experienced his Tony-winning work on stage, my most vivid memories of actor and director Charles Nelson Reilly come from his ubiquitous presence on Match Game as well as the hilariously sinister Horatio J. HooDoo, a Saturday morning regular in the Sid & Marty Krofft creation Lidsville. (Any Reilly obit lacking a mention of Lidsville should be immediately dismissed, unlike this fitting tribute by Danny Miller at the Huffington Post.)
Reilly was a truly talented, multi-faceted entertainer – the sort lacking in Hollywood today. He lived a long life and, happily, much of it was captured on film. He died on May 25 at the age of 76 and in his honor, today’s HotSpot is the site for his life’s documentary, The Life of Reilly.
The show, as they say, goes on.