Jack Riley, Cleveland Radio Host Turned Character Actor, Dies At 80
August 19, 2016 at 5:05 PM (PT)
JACK RILEY, the CLEVELAND radio personality who became a succesful character actor in HOLLYWOOD, died TODAY (8/19) of pneumonia after a long illness in LOS ANGELES at 80.
RILEY, a CLEVELAND native, co-hosted a popular show with JEFF BAXTER on WERE-A/CLEVELAND in the early 1960s before he followed his friend and fellow CLEVELAND expatriate TIM CONWAY to the West Coast, where he began to get sitcom roles, starting with NBC's "OCCASIONAL WIFE" in the 1966-67 season. But he became especially well-known as severely neurotic Elliot Carlin, a particularly persistent patient of Dr, Bob Hartley on THE BOB NEWHART SHOW. He appeared in guest roles on many of the most popular shows of the 1970s through '90s, and he provided the voice of Stu Pickles, the father of Tommy and Dil on NICKELODEON's "RUGRATS." His voiceover work included playing "P.C. Modem" on COMPUSA radio commercials, and he appeared in many of MEL BROOKS' films.