Directed the play "The Gin Game" starring Julie Harris
and Charles Durning
at the Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, NY. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on this play.
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When I die, it's going to read, "Game Show Fixture Passes Away". Nothing about the theater, or Tony Awards, or Emmys. But it doesn't bother me.
Reilly's openly gay TV persona was quite ahead of its time. He recalled a network executive telling him, "They don't let queers on television." In rebuttal, he was a game show fixture on such shows as The Match Game
(1962) and The Hollywood Squares
(1965); was a guest on the The Tonight Show
(1962) with Johnny Carson
more than 95 times; earned an Emmy nomination for his second-banana work on The