Monday, May 28, 2007

RIP, Charles Nelson Reilly

Tony winner. TV personality. Director. Acting coach. Game show icon. I grew up watching Charles Nelson Reilly on Match Game, so everything else I saw him in was in relation to that. This is certainly no slight against him; I still relate Marlon Brando to the first thing I saw him in -- Superman the Movie.

If you grew up watching TV in the 70s (and reruns in the early 80s), you couldn't help but see Charles Nelson Reilly. Don't believe me? Step into the YouTube Time Machine.

Bic Banana Ink Crayons

The School Riot on Match Game

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Here's a clip from the show that features a performance from Harry Nilsson:

Lidsville (wait for the end)

Here's Lucy

Call Her Mom (a '70s TV-movie)

More Match Game

$10,000 Pyramid (briefly)

Match Game revival

Here are some extra CNR-related clips:

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Saturday Night Live

There's a film, The Life of Reilly, is an adaptation of his one-man show, Save It For The Stage: The Life Of Reilly. Once I get a chance, I'm totally going to check that out.

But for now, if you need to hear that laugh again, pop in your headphones and go here. It's a loop, so you can get as much as you want or need.