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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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Anne Heche in Critical Condition After Fiery Car Crash

UPDATED: TV and film star, and Another World alum, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley) is in critical condition following a harrowing and fiery car crash in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

“Anne is in the ICU, she’s lucky to be alive. She has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead. Her team and her family are still trying to process what led up to the crash,” a source close to the actress revealed to CNN on Saturday morning.

According to reports and video obtained by TMZ, Heche was driving at lighting speed and crashed twice in a residential area of Mar Vista.  In the initial crash, Anne, who was driving a Mini Cooper slammed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents attempted to get Anne out of the vehicle but she put her car in reverse and then sped away.  Next, she crashed into a home, which ignited a fire, and the fire engulfed the entire home.  However, Anne was severely burned in the fire and taken out by ambulance in a stretcher.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt Erik Scott: “We had a significant traffic collision, we had entrapment of a woman inside that, we had car that erupted into fire, and then we had a home that had significant fire that is red tagged. It’s at this point destroyed.”

Heche is currently in a Los Angeles hospital, and had to be intubated following being severely burned.

Soaps fans know that Anne won a Daytime Emmy for her dual roles on Another World and played Vicky and Marley Hudson from 1987-2001.  She has also appeared in the films, Donnie Brasco, Six Days Seven Nights, Wag the Dog. and more.  On television, Heche has appeared in the last few years on: Dancing with the Stars, Quantico and Chicago P.D.

We will continue to monitor this developing story.

So, what do you think of the fiery crash involving Anne? Send your thoughts and prayers her way via the comment section below.  But first, watch this news report from KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles who were on the scene of the crash.

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In a major move, Days of our Lives, the longest-running scripted series of all-time on NBC, is exiting the television network and will now be in its new home on the NBCUniversal streaming platform, Peacock.

The shift marks the end of DAYS’ nearly 57 year-run on broadcast television. Days of our Lives debuted on NBC back on November 8th, 1965.

Look for all-new episodes daily of the series to begin on Peacock starting on September 12th, along with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.  According to a press release from Peacock, “The historic move to Peacock creates the ultimate destination for daytime fans to access the library, new episodes and Peacock Original Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem in one place.”

In its place, NBC will fill the daytime drama’s current timeslot with NBC News Now, an hour-long news show anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC affiliates will also have the option to add local news to the hour.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus shares: “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC’s decision means it leaves only three daytime soaps on American broadcast TV: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. 

DAYS has found recent streaming success with its limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapters 1 and 2, which introduced the viewing audience to the Peacock platform.

To watch Days of our Lives on Peacock, you will need a premium-tier paid subscription at $4.99 per month. The service offers an an ad-free experience at $9.99 per month.

We will have more on this developing story.

So, what do you think of NBC removing DAYS from its daytime line-up, while moving it to their owned-streaming platform, Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Although at present, St. John’s role has not been revealed, he will begin taping episodes of the top-rated soap opera later this month.

According to Deadline,Trevor will begin appearing on-screen in the fall.

St. John’s One Life to Live run started in 2003 through 2011, and he returned for the 2012 ABC series finale, when a very much alive Victor Lord Jr. was part of the the final cliffhanger of the network version, before it went on to its Prospect Park online reboot.

Since his time in Llanview, St. John has appeared in numerous primetime TV roles including on: ABC’s Promised Land and CW’s Roswell, New Mexico as well as in the Patrick Wang critically-acclaimed films, In the Family and The Grief of Others.

Now the question becomes … who do you think Trevor will play on Y&R? An established character returning to the show? A new character? Share your theories in the comment section below.

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