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John Reilly (1934–2021), star of “General Hospital” and “Passions”

by Linnea Crowther

John Reilly was an actor known for prominent roles in soap operas including “General Hospital” and “Passions.”

Acting career

Reilly had an early regular role on “As the World Turns,” playing Dr. Dan Stewart for two years beginning in 1974. He was cast in a recurring role on “Dallas” in 1984, playing Roy Ralston, before landing a long-term role on “General Hospital” that same year. Reilly played Sean Donely until 1994, returning occasionally afterwards and appearing in the 2008 spin-off, “General Hospital: Night Shift.” In 1988, he was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role on a Daytime Serial for his performance on “General Hospital.” He had recurring roles on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Sunset Beach” in the 1990s. In 2005, Reilly landed a role on “Passions,” playing Alistair Crane.

Tributes to John Reilly

Full obituary: Chicago Sun-Times


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