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Veteran soap opera, film and television star passed away.

Soaps.com is saddened to report that General Hospital alum Martin West passed away at the age of 82 on December 31, 2019.

West was born Martin Weixelbaum on August 28, 1937 in Southampton, New York. He began his career in theaters in New York, appearing in The Andersonville Trial with George C Scott (Patton) in 1959. In 1960 he made his film debut as the star of Freckles. He has appeared in over thirty films including The Sergeant Was a Lady (1961), Lord Love A Duck (1966), Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot (1976), John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and Mac and Me (1988).

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The actor is best known to soap opera viewers for his nine years on General Hospital as Dr. Phil Brewer beginning in 1967. The character was one of the original cast members and West was the sixth and final actor to play him, though in a special episode in 2015 commemorating the original episode, Ryan Carnes (Lucas Jones) played the part in flashbacks. West’s other television credits include Don Hughes on As the World Turns, Perry Mason (1965), Gunsmoke (1966), Bonanza (1967)  Ironside (1970), as Phil McKenna on Dallas (1981), Highway to Heaven (1985), Matlock (1988), and LA Law (1989). In 1993 the actor moved to Westport, Connecticut where he became a member of the Theater Artists Workshop of Westport, acting and directing numerous productions. He also produced the documentaries A Gathering of Glory and Years in the Making about the history of arts and artists in Westport.

Soaps.com sends our deepest condolences to West’s life partner Ann Chernow, whom he’d been with since 1998, his three children, Jason Weixelbaum, Allie West, and Gabriel West, his stepson, Paul Mend, and his sister, Gail Britt. View others lost to daytime in 2019 in the gallery below…