Over the years, we pay tribute to the many talented actors who brought some of our favorite daytime characters to our homes.
It’s almost the end of another year and like in previous years, the day has said goodbye to many soap opera stars who have left their mark on the industry. Before we wrap up the final chapter of 2021, we wanted to take this time to reflect on some of the cast members lost over the past twelve months and hear from the cast members who not only have worked with them over the years, but the cast members. considered friends.
In January, General hospital Finola Hughes (Anna) paid tribute to co-star John Reilly (ex-Sean Donely) and recalled, “One of the first days I walked the General hospital put this tall, handsome man in a leather jacket strolling towards me. In his deep American growl, he greeted me on the show and told me he would be there for me if I ever needed anything. Was the boy true to his word. An accomplished professional. The ABC soap opera then aired a special episode honoring Reilly and included her real-life daughter Caitlin in a sort of mystery that paid tribute to her Port Charles character. Reilly was 84.
June hit hard when two of the day’s greats moved up a few weeks apart. All my kids Veterinarian Ray MacDonnell was 93 years old and will always be remembered as Dr. Joe Martin of Pine Valley. Susan Lucci (Erica) credited him as the All my kids patriarch and rethought the days when he “filled our studio with warmth and professionalism”. Regarding her sense of humor, she recalled “times during scenes where I didn’t dare look him in the eye” and how “a simple look of his eyes with that all-pervading glow would make us burst into bursts of laughter. “
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The passage of General hospital Stuart Damon at 84 followed, and his ABC family flooded the internet with many memories of Dr. Alan Quartermaine from Port Charles. Steve Burton (Jason) said it best: “One of the best guys ever. I was so blessed to have this guy playing my dad on TV. As he remembered the type of man Damon was, “kind, generous, generous, funny, selfless and just a great guy”, and everything he had taught him, Burton wanted everyone to know ” what a great husband and father this guy was. “
July brought another tragedy when soap alumnus Jay Pickett died suddenly on the set of his upcoming 2022 film Valley of treasures. Director Travis Mills has confirmed that “our main man, writer, producer and creator of this film passed away suddenly while we were there preparing to film a scene.” Although there was no official cause of death at the time, Mills went on to say, “It appears to have been a heart attack.” Pickett first entered the daytime scene in 1991 playing Dr Chip Lakin on Days of our lives but is especially recognized for its Port Charles role of Frank Scanlon.
The following month, the industry paid tribute to Micki Grant, who died at the age of 92. She was the first black soap opera actress to be given a contract role. Although she appeared as Arlene Goodman on Edge of the night in 1956, Grant played Peggy Harris Nolan on Another world for seven years before having smaller roles on All my kids and Guiding light.
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Two days later we said goodbye to one another All my kids star, Michael Nader (Dimitri Marick), whom Susan Lucci recalled as “a great love of Erica Kane”. Thinking back to performing opposite him for 10 years, she recalled “performing some of the most romantic scenes of all time – dancing in palaces in Budapest, our beautiful Greek Orthodox wedding, with crowns” .
And Cady McClain (Dixie) remembered Nader as “one of the funniest human beings I’ve ever met.”
Towards the end of the year, soap maker Michael Tylo passed away at 73. He has held roles in soap operas such as Another world, All my children, General hospital, The young and the restless, Guiding light and Love glory and beauty and was once married to another B&B Castmate Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor). Sadly, the couple lost their son Michael Jr. in October 2007 due to accidental drowning at the age of 19.
Then in November, just two days before his 89th birthday, The young and the restless Iconic actor Jerry Douglas (John Abbott) has died from a brief illness. In October, some of his castmates gathered for an early birthday celebration in honor of Douglas, and many took to social media after his death to share their condolences and memories of the veteran actor. Jess Walton, who played his on-screen wife, Jill, said: “Rest in peace my dear TV husband Jerry Douglas. Thanks for the laughs for all these years. Much love to you and your beautiful family Kim and Hunter and everyone.
Douglas’s TV daughter Eileen Davidson (Ashley), who he called “My Beauty,” shared, “One of a kind. I owe him so much and I will love him forever.
And the very last day of the month, December 31, beloved Love glory and beauty and “golden girl” all around, Betty White has passed away at the age of 99. Daytime fans will always remember her as Stephanie Forrester’s mother, Ann Douglas, and her legacy as a prolific actress and funny woman will live on through her many roles. . His former teammate Jacob Young (ex-Rick) shared a photo of White on Instagram and expressed, “Thanks Betty for the laughing. You have crossed a generational barrier that no one other than yourself could cross. Rest in peace my sweet princess.
While we’ve highlighted a small chunk of those who will never be forgotten for their work on some of our favorite soap operas, we invite readers to look back on the start of the year, so far, and take a moment to remember others who have left us, along with their contributions to the industry, in our photo gallery below. During their stay, fans will be able to delve deeper into their careers and leave memories of their stories in the comment sections of each tribute.