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 post on Instagram shared with a photo of the deceased star holding her like a baby.
“John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out, ”she began her message. “Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that this person is your father. I am so grateful that he is mine. I am so thankful that I was able to love him. I am so grateful that I managed to keep it on time. and say goodbye. ”
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She concluded, “Honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know he will be with me. I love you forever daddy. ”
Soon after, the official “General Hospital” Twitter page also shared a post praising the late actor.
“The whole family at the General Hospital is heartbroken to learn of the passing of John Reilly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. Rest in peace, ” the tweet reads.
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According to Variety, Reilly was born in Chicago in 1936. He made his debut in show business in the 1960s with small roles on TV shows like “Death Valley Days”, “Apple’s Way” and “Gunsmoke”. He had a chance to make it bigger on television in 1974 when he replaced John Colenback as Dr. Dan Stewart in “As the World Turns”. After leaving the role in 1976, he took to the big screen in films like “The Main Event” and “Gorp”.
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In the early 1980s, he burst into the soap opera scene with a recurring role in “Dallas”. However, his biggest break in the business came when he was cast as Sean Donely on “General Hospital” in 1984. He remained with the series for a decade before taking a role in “Beverly Hills, 90210” in as the father of Kelly Taylor. He also played Alistair Crane on the NBC soap opera “Passions” in 2005. However, he never turned his back on his “General Hospital” role, reprising his character as Donely in 2008 and again in 2013.
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The outlet reports that he is survived by his wife, Liz, and his three daughters.