Charles Nelson Reilly dies at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He was a Tony Award winning actor but Charles Nelson Reilly may best be remembered as a game show fixture in the 1970s and 80s.

Reilly's partner told The New York Times that he died Friday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. Reilly was 76.

Reilly won a Tony Award in 1962 for playing Bud Frump in the original Broadway production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

He gained fame by becoming what he described as a "game show fixture." He was a regular on programs like "Match Game" and "Hollywood Squares," often wearing giant glasses and colorful suits with ascots.

Reilly's larger-than-life persona and affinity for double-entendres also landed him on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson more than 95 times.


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