James E. Reilly
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July 15, 1948


Bountiful, Utah, USA

Date of Death

October 12, 2008 (age 60)

Cause of Death

Complications from surgery


Writer; Producer; Creator

James E. Reilly was a soap opera writer, producer and creator. Reilly became well known in the mid 1990's for his outlandish story lines on Days of our Lives including a devil possession and when he returned to DAYS in 2003, he proceeded to kill off half the cast in a serial killer story line though every death turned out to be fake. Reilly created Passions and was the head writer throughout the series entire run. Reilly also wrote for numerous other daytime dramas getting his start at Ryan's Hope. Reilly passed away on October 12, 2008 after undergoing cardiac surgery.

Soapography[edit | edit source]

  • Head Writer at Ryan's Hope (1984-07/1985)
  • Associate Head Writer at Capitol (1984)
  • Associate Head Writer at General Hospital (1985-1987)
  • Associate Head Writer at Days of our Lives (1989)
  • Consultant at The Bold and the Beautiful (1990)
  • Consultant at The Young and the Restless (1990)
  • Associate Head Writer at Guiding Light (1990)
  • Head Writer at Guiding Light (1990-1992)
  • Co-Head Writer at Days of our Lives (12/21/1992-04/28/1993; 11/21/1997-01/05/1998; 08/11/2003-08/18/2003)
  • Head Writer at Days of our Lives (04/29/1993-11/20/1997; 08/19/2003-10/04/2006)
  • Executive Story Consultant at Days of our Lives (1997-1998)
  • Executive Story Consultant at Sunset Beach (01/05/1998-12/31/1998)
  • Creator of Passions
  • Consulting Producer at Passions (07/05/1999-08/07/2008)
  • Head Writer at Passions (07/05/1999-08/07/2008)
  • Consulting Producer at Days of our Lives (09/2003-10/06/2006)

Awards and Nominations[edit | edit source]

Daytime Emmy Awards

1986 Writing Team General Hospital N
1991 The Young and the Restless N
1992 Guiding Light N
1993 W
1994 Days of our Lives N
1997 N
1998 N
2001 Passions N
2002 N
2003 N

Writers Guild of America

1992 Guiding Light W
1995 Days of our Lives N
2001 Passions N
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