‘General Hospital’ actor John Reilly dead at 84

John Reilly , a veteran soap opera actor best known for his
work on “General Hospital,” has died at age 84.

The actor’s death was confirmed by his daughter, actress
and TikTok personality Caitlin Reilly, with a heartfelt
message on Instagram shared with a photo of the late star
holding her as a baby.

“John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in
the world has gone out,” she began her post . “Imagine the
best person in the world.

Now imagine that person being
your dad. I’m so grateful he was mine. I’m so grateful I got
to love him. I’m so grateful I made it in time to hold him
and say goodbye.”

She concluded: “I honestly don’t know what I’m going to
do, but I know he’ll be with me. I love you forever Daddy.”

Actor John Reilly’s daughter confirmed he died at age 84 in
January of 2021. (Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Shortly after, the official Twitter page for “General Hospital”
shared a message eulogizing the late actor as well.

“The entire General Hospital family is heartbroken to hear of
John Reilly’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to
his loved ones. Rest in peace,” the tweet reads


According to Variety , Reilly was born in Chicago in 1936. He
got his start in show business in the 1960s with small roles
on television shows like “Death Valley Days,” “Apple’s Way”
and “Gunsmoke.” He got a shot at more TV greatness

in 1974 when he replaced John Colenback as Dr. Dan
Stewart on “As the World Turns.” After leaving the role in
1976, he took on the big screen in films like “The Main
Event” and “Gorp.”

In the early 1980s, he broke into the soap opera scene with
a recurring role on “Dallas.” However, his biggest break in
the business came when he was cast as Sean Donely on
“General Hospital” in 1984. He stayed with the show for a
decade before taking on a role in “Beverly Hills, 90210” as
Kelly Taylor’s father. He also played Alistair Crane on the
NBC soap “Passions” in 2005. However, he never turned his
back on his “General Hospital” role, reprising his Donely
character in 2008 and again in 2013.

The outlet reports that he is survived by his wife, Liz, and
three daughters.

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