James E. Reilly (July 29, 1948 – October 12, 2008) was an American soap opera writer. He was the head writer of NBC's Days of Our Lives and creator/head writer of Passions, Reilly won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing as co-head writer for Guiding Light in 1993.

Reilly died in October 2008 while recovering from cardiac surgery.

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