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General Hospital, As the World Turns & Passions Star, John Reilly, Passes Away At 84

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Very sad news to report.  John Reilly, beloved by GH fans as Sean Donely, has died at the age of 84.

The news came via Reilly’s daughter, Tik Tok star Caitlin Reilly who posted on her Instagram a photo of herself with her dad expressing: “John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out. 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. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know he’ll be with me. I love you forever Daddy.”

No word as to the cause of death at this moment.  Soap fans first got their glimpse of Reilly on As the World Turns as Dr. Dan Stewart. But in February of 1984, he made his GH debut as Scorpio’s former WSB boss, Sean Donely.  He was eventually paired with Sharon Wyatt’s B-movie star actress, Tiffany Hill.

Later, not only did Reilly appear on NBC’s Sunset Beach, but as Alistair Crane on Passions.  Throughout his enduring career he also appeared in roles on: How the West Was Won, Quincy M.E. Dallas, Beverly Hills 90210 and on the digital drama seris, The Bay and General Hospital: Night Shift.

He is survived by his wife Liz and his three daughters.

Below, in honor of John, is one of the all-time classic Sean and Tiffany moments when they say their wedding vows and we learn Tiffany’s real name is …”Elsie Mae Krumholtz”.

Share your remembrances and condolences for John via the comment section.

 

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aria
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aria

Oh how sad, may he rest in peace, love the character, wish his character daughter would come in and represent the Donely. again really sad with his passing, I heard he was a great gentlemen. RIP Mr. Reilly.

Barbara Jacobs
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Barbara Jacobs

What an incredible man both as a real person but as we mostly know him as a great actor who I saw in most of the soaps he was on and jumped when I saw him on nighttime tv. Beautiful write up and 84 today (not Covid) is like 70 still very young. RIP you fabulous man. A great daddy well loved.

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Natalie

My condolences to the family of John Reilly. I loved Sean Donely. I was a devoted watcher in the 80s with Sean, Tiffany, Robert, Anna, Frisco, and Felicia. Those were the good ole days of GH.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I’m heartsick! He was one of my favorites! Loved Sean and Tiffany and Sean and Robert and Sean and Anna’s chemistry. Great memories! He will be missed!

Mark
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Mark

He was so handsome and part of GH when it was the best show on TV.

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Llanviewer717

I am so very sorry to hear this news. I loved him on General Hospital and remember his many appearances in episodic television. May he rest in peace.

rose
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rose

Sorry to hear of John’s passing. MF thank you for including the film clip of Sean and Tiffany’s wedding. It shows why John and his screen pals were why so many of us feel he was part of the best days of GH.

elizabeth alcorn
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elizabeth alcorn

my sympathy

Timmm
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Timmm

Him and Scorpio were the best! Oh, the 1980’s! Rest John.

Carrie
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Carrie

Just 2 weeks ago, Mr. Reilly sent me down a nostalgia path. I had turned on the TV and his very young face instantly appeared on the screen (a Gunsmoke episode). I looked up his imdb page that day and saw a large portfolio of work. Then I googled the famous Sean and Tiffany gh wedding scene for laughs. Two weeks later and I’m learning about his death. My prayers are with his family. He seemed like he was such a gentleman.

rose
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rose

Carrie…really nice comment. Very personal.

Chaz
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Chaz

Remember him so well. That was back in the days when GH was THE show to watch. Sad to hear of his passing.

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Noted character actor, Peter Mark Richman had died at the age of 93 as revealed by his publicist, Harlan Boll.

Richman died this morning at 10:00am on January 14, 2021 in Woodland Hills, California of natural Causes. ,

Peter was a pharmacist turned actor, who appeared in such films as “Black Orchid,” “The Strange One,” “Naked Gun 2 ” and “Friday the 13th Part 8.”

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Mr. Richman is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Richman; five children, Howard Richman and his wife, Cherie, Kelly Lester and her husband, Loren, Lucas Richman and his wife, Debbie, Orien Richman and his wife, Alevé, and Roger Richman; as well as six grandchildren, Jenny, Lily, Max, Julia, Oliver and Danica.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services will be held privately and at the convenience of Mr. Richman’s family. Memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Richman can be made to the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF).

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