Jerry verDorn’s One Life to Live and Guiding Light Co-Stars Pay Tribute to the Beloved Actor and ‘True Gentleman’ After His Passing
Unsurprisingly, everyone who knew him, loved him dearly.
Since learning of Jerry verDorn’s sad death after a fight with cancer on Monday, May 2, tributes have been pouring in to the late Guiding Light and One Life to Live actor from across the daytime world. And if there’s one thing we learned (as if we didn’t know already), it’s that he was beloved by everyone who worked with the soap vet. The man who gave us Springfield’s Ross and Llanview’s Clint may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten.
Guiding Light‘s Ross and Blake were relationship goals right up until his death, and few got to work as closely with verDorn as Elizabeth Keifer. The two remained close long after he parted ways with the CBS sudser, co-hosting Stars and Strikes, an annual bowling event raising money for Autism Speaks and the American Cancer Society for years.
“My heart is broken and filled with bittersweet love for Jerry and his family,” Keifer tweeted. “Thank you for being my trusted friend onscreen and off. It was an honor to be yours. Rest well, dear Jerry. You are loved beyond measure.”
My heart is broken and filled with bittersweet love for Jerry and his family. Thank you for being my trusted friend onscreen and off. It was an honor to be yours. Rest well, dear Jerry. You are loved beyond measure pic.twitter.com/KabO0P0iBR
— Liz Keifer (@lizkeifer) May 2, 2022
Bree Williamson’s Jessica had to go through losing Clint as a father, only to regain him just as One Life to Live wrapped up its network run. Re-establishing their relationship fixed one of daytime’s greatest injustices and echoed the closeness Williamson shared with the late actor.
“I am devastated to hear about the death of Jerry,” she wrote on Instagram. “He was a wonderful man, and I am so grateful for the time that I spent with him as my TV father. He was a talented and generous actor and a kind and gentle man. He made it effortless for me to feel close to him and to love him like a dad. I enjoyed every day I was lucky enough to spend with him and I will hold those memories of him in my heart and mind forever.”
“He was so incredible in all the best ways,” John Brotherton (Jared) added.
I’m heartbroken to hear of Jerry VerDorn’s passing. I have so many wonderful things to say about this man, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I had the honor of playing his daughter on oltl. He was genuine from start to finish. A giving actor, a caring cowor… https://t.co/r79T8c8gtW pic.twitter.com/58pxzHeZr0
— Melissa Archer (@_MelissaArcher) May 2, 2022
One Life to Live‘s Robin Strasser (Dorian) shared that Ver Dorn was “a fine actor and true gentleman. It always felt good to see him, not just because he was so darn good looking (he was), but because he was so affable & easygoing, while being thoroughly hardworking and dedicated to the work. All honor to one of the best of the best!”
#JerryVerDorn a fine actor and true gentleman. It always felt good to see him, not just because he was so darn good looking (he was:) but because he was so affable & easygoing; while being thoroughly hardworking and dedicated to the work. All honor to one of the best of the best!
— Robin Strasser (@robinstrasser) May 2, 2022
Kassie DePaiva was lucky enough to work with verDorn on both shows, as One Life to Live‘s Blair and Guiding Light‘s Chelsea.
“I had the privilege and honor to work with Jerry verDorn on GL and OLTL,” she tweeted. “What a gentleman and talent. So sad because the world lost an amazing human being, and the soap world lost a giant. RIP, my kindhearted friend.”
I had the privilege and honor to work with Jerry Ver Dorn on GL and OLTL. What a gentleman and talent. So sad….because the world lost an amazing human being and the soap world lost a giant. RIP my kind hearted friend.
— Kassie DePaiva (@KassieDePaiva) May 2, 2022
Fellow Guiding Light alum Crystal Chappell (Olivia) didn’t just get to act with Ver Dorn in Springfield, she also brought him along for a few appearances in the sixth season her web soap, Venice: The Series. Sadly, it would be his final acting appearance.
“Heartbreaking,” she tweeted. “He truly was the kindest, funniest, most selfless person. I’m so glad I got to see him not that long ago. Condolences to his family.”
Heartbreaking. He truly was the kindest, funniest, most selfless person…..Im so glad I got to see him not that long ago….🙏 Condolences to his family…. https://t.co/o227dcSxel
— Crystal Chappell (@crystalchappell) May 2, 2022
“A joy, a delight and forever a gentleman,” One Life to Live alum Hillary B. Smith (Nora) exclaimed on Twitter of her television brother-in-law (and occasional romantic partner). “We miss you!”
A joy , a delight and forever a gentleman! We miss you!!! https://t.co/R0tdjNeeDE
— Hillary B. Smith (@hillarybsmith) May 4, 2022
“What a gentleman,” Mark Lawson, whose Brody romanced both of Clint’s daughters, Jessica and Natalie, shared on Instagram. “I remember being so intimidated by both he and Bob Woods until I finally had scenes with them. Jerry was the consummate gentleman. So elegant and kind, with a blue-collar approach to the work and a respect and generosity for his fellow actors that flew beyond what was necessary. He was a benevolent king on that set. And funny. And ready to laugh. This photo was from the very last moments of filming OLTL at the studios in Manhattan. I was blessed that day to work with Erika Slezak (Viki), Jerry, Bree Williamson, and Melissa Archer. I think about that day and these people all the time. Farewell, sir. It was a pleasure to know you.”
Josh Kelly, who played loveable rogue Cutter, responded that Ver Dorn “truly was a pleasure to watch and work with! He’ll be missed big time,” while Cramer family-member Melissa Fumero (Adriana) was shocked and heartbroken, writing, “Oh no. This is so sad. What a sweet man.”
Catherine Hickland may have played perpetual bad girl Lindsay Rappaport, but the actress herself only had kind things to say of her former One Life to Live husband.
“Jerry VerDorn has graduated to Heaven,” she shared on Facebook. “What a wonderful man, so very funny, so very talented, and most important, so very kind. I am sad he left us so early. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family, who I’m sure are devastated. I’ll never forget him leaving a sticky note on Hilary smith’s dressing room that said, ‘Good News! I found your hormones in my dressing room!’ That really made me laugh. He was just adorable. God speed, Jerry.”
“What an incredible man,” wrote General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly), who played Reva’s sis, Cassie, over on Guiding Light with Ver Dorn. “RIP, Jerry.”
What an incredible man RIP Jerry 💔 pic.twitter.com/eG2DwkQUJN
— Laura Wright (@lldubs) May 2, 2022
Days of Our Lives‘ headwriter Ron Carlivati spent years writing for One Life to Live and worked closely with Clint’s portrayer.
“Sad to hear the news that Jerry verDorn has passed away,” he tweeted. “Jerry stepped into the role of Clint Buchanan in 2005 and quickly made it his own, playing a loving husband and father and eventually a very convincing villain, although the man himself was all heart. Rest in peace.”
Sad to hear the news that Jerry Ver Dorn has passed away. Jerry stepped into the role of Clint Buchanan in 2005 and quickly made it his own, playing a loving husband and father and eventually a very convincing villain, although the man himself was all heart. Rest in peace. #OLTL pic.twitter.com/6avn7eZktI
— Ron Carlivati (@carlivatiron) May 3, 2022
General Hospital‘s executive producer Frank Valentine oversaw One Life to Live during Carlivati and verDorn’s days and tweeted that, “I was very sad to learn about the passing of my friend and all-around great guy, Jerry verDorn (Clint). On behalf of everyone here at General Hospital, we send our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.”
I was very sad to learn about the passing of my friend and all around great guy, Jerry verDorn (Clint #OLTL.) On behalf of everyone here at #GH, we send our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.
— Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank) May 2, 2022
Take a look and remember all the good times with our photo gallery paying tribute to all the actors we lost last year.