Saying so-long to Passions' Michael Dietz image

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Oh Pete, er... I mean Jake...we knew you for so little time and you're already gone. Jake, for those who need some clarification, was the third corpse to spontaneously appear after a lengthy bout of lovemaking to Harmony's most eccentric new mistress of kinky good times, Esme Vanderheusen. And while Esme may one day give resident kink goddess Rebecca a run for the money, the dead men that she's piled up have run off to do other things. Well, the actors that play them have anyway. Just take Michael Dietz, the man who played Jake during his sadly brief, but well-received, run on the show. He has a face familiar to fans of soaps. You may have remembered him as Alan-Michael Spaulding on GL or as Doctor Joe Scanlon on Port Charles or for his role on Beverly Hills 90210. Most famously, however, he portrayed Dr. Mark Maclaine on B&B.

After his brief sojourn back to the land of daytime, Dietz has already gotten himself busy once again. He is back working with partner Richard Friedman at their production company Lucky Butterfly. Together they have put together a wide array of projects in the past year. Among these were several horror films included Born, starring Denise Crosby, and the soon to be filmed American Voodoo. They have also produced three TV projects including The Bogeyman for NBC, the reality TV show The Deprogrammer for CourtTV and NV for Bravo. Anyone interested in these projects can visit the company's official website at this link to check out trailers and get additional information.

The multi-talented Mr. Dietz is also the only soap actor I can think of who has invented a board game, Bubblebrain, which has won numerous awards.