Monday, April 22, 2024

RIP: John Reilly, Dashing Leading Man of “General Hospital” and “As the World Turns,” Dies at Age 84


Veteran leading man of soaps, John Reilly, has died at age 84. He played Dan Stewart in the 70s on “As the World Turns.” Moving to Los Angeles after four years, Reilly appeared on dozens of prime time shows including “Dallas,” “How the West Was Won,” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”

But his real fame came on “General Hospital” in the 1980s as part of the Luke and Laura era. He played Sean Donnely, a questionable guy who wound up as police commissioner. He stayed on the show for 11 years, through 1995, as a square jawed hero in the crime ridden suburb of Port Charles, NY. His romantic partner on the show was his TV wife, Sharon Wyatt (seen in the picture.)

A few years ago, Reilly made a comeback final appearance as Sean, though confined to a wheelchair. It was clear he wasn’t well. Frank Valentini, EP of the show, Tweeted today: “The entire GH family mourns the passing of John Reilly #GH @GeneralHospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Co-star Finola Hughes wrote: “There’s no room on Twitter to say how deeply one feels for a fellow actor & friend passing. I spent so many years in #JohnReilly ‘s company, suffice to say he was a huge influence on me and I am forever grateful for his kindness and love. My heart goes out to his family Red heart.”

Reilly’s daughter posted this to Instagram:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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