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Charles Nelson Reilly (January 13, 1931–May 25, 2007) was an American actor and comedian, best known as a panelist on Match Game from 1973 to 1991. He was the voice of Frank Frankenstone on The Flintstone Funnies.

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Reilly was Dick Van Dyke's understudy in "Bye-Bye Birdie" on Broadway, where they met.

Reilly won Broadway's 1962 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for portraying Bud Frump in "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying". He was also nominated in the same category in 1964 for "Hello, Dolly!". He also earned a 1997 Tony nomination as Best Director (Play) for working with longtime pal Julie Harris in the revival of "The Gin Game". Reilly previously directed Harris in her Tony-winning role as Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst" (1976).

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 (1966), was a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson more than 95 times, earned an Emmy nomination for his second-banana work on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968) and appeared on Saturday morning children's shows such as Lidsville (1971). He even was a game show host in his own right, on the syndicated Sweethearts (1988).

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