Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?
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On a new path.
One actress finds a home on a big network for her project, another is caught up in an OJ Simpson trial, stage appearances, fan Q&As, a passing, farming ventures and more in this week’s Soaps.com column, consisting of updates on former actors from canceled soap operas “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Loving,” “One Life to Live” and “Passions.”
Anne Meara passes away at 85.
Anne Meara, beloved wife of veteran actor Jerry Stiller and mother to their children Ben and Amy Stiller, passed away at 85 on Saturday May 23 in Manhattan, New York. She was half of the comedy team with her husband “Stiller & Meara” and appeared in guest and recurring roles on such series as “Rhoda,” “Fame,” “Archer Bunker’s Place,” “The Love Boat” and “The King of Queens,” to name a small few, and most recently played Irene Kerns/Ida Becker on “Law & Order: SVU” from 2010 to 2014. Daytime fans will remember her as Peggy Moody (Wildwind’s resident caregiver to Edmund and Dimitri) on “All My Children,” a role she played from 1993 to 1998. Soaps.com sends Meara’s family and friends our deepest condolences. Of her passing, former co-star Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane) tweeted:
So sad to hear of Anne Meara's passing–such happy memories of working with her on All My Children. My heart goes out to her family.
— Susan Lucci (@Susan_Lucci) May 25, 2015
Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin in O.J. Simpson-centered project American Crime Story.
Former “As the World Turns” actor Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, 2008 to 2010) has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming project “American Crime Story.” It’s based on the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson, who was found not guilty in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Magnussen will play Kato Kaelin, a resident in Simpson’s guest house during the murders. Cuba Gooding Jr. (as O.J. Simpson), Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark), John Travolta (Robert Shapiro), David Schwimmer (Robert Kardashian), Courtney B. Vance (Johnnie Cochran), Jordana Brewster (Denise Brown) and Selma Blair (Kris Jenner) will also star. Stay tuned, as the ten-episode series will premiere on FX in 2016.
Michael Park joins Dear Evan Hansen cast.
“As the World Turns'” fan favorite alum Michael Park (ex-Jack Snyder, 1997 to 2010) has joined the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen” as Larry. The musical will tell the story of hope and sorrow and how we all need family, friends and a place to call home. Performances will take place at Kreeger Theater at 1101 6th Street SW in Washington, DC from July 10 through August 23. Tickets can be purchased or reserved at the Arena Stage.
— Arena Stage (@arenastage) May 4, 2015
Where’s Christine Tudor and Robert Tyler these days?
Soaps.com Facebook friend Louis W. wondered whatever happened to “Loving’s” Christine Tudor (ex-Gwyneth Alden, on and off from 1984 to 1995) and Robert Tyler (ex-Trucker McKenzie, 1989 to 1995)? Unfortunately, there’s nothing current to report but the actors did take on a few projects after leaving their daytime roles. Tudor played Mrs. Deacon in the 1984 movie “Final Mission” and appeared as herself in 1986 in several episodes of the television show “Celebrity Double Talk.” As for Tyler, prior to his “Loving” role, the actor played Spence Davies on “As the World Turns” in 1988. He’s turned up as Private Seymour in “A Soldier’s Story,” a cop in “Best of the Best: Without Warning” and was last seen as Joxom in the television series “Star Trek: Voyager” in 2000. Fun fact! Tyler was married to “The Young and the Restless'” Jessica Collins (Avery Clark) from 1996 to 2002. Collins played “Loving’s” Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden from 1991 to 1993.
Forbes March: Soap star turned entrepreneur.
Who could forget "One Life to Live" actor Forbes March in his emotional role as Nash Brennan (2005 to 2008), his love affair with Jessica Buchanan (Bree Williamson) and their deathbed goodbye after he fell through a skylight at the Palace Hotel. Though March reappeared in daytime as Mason Jarvis on "As the World Turns" in 2009 and played George in "Degrassi Takes Manhattan" in 2010, he hasn't been seen since. And now we know why… In an interview with DV8 March revealed how he moved to Jeffersonville, New York with his wife and two kids and got into the firewood business, which consists of splitting, kiln-drying and packaging hardwood for customers. The former daytime actor also has dabbled in growing tomatoes, raising organic chickens and would like to try his hand at raising organic shrimp. Prior to his "One Life" role, March played Scott Chandler on "All My Children" from 1999 to 2000.
Jason Tam takes the stage in Merrily We Roll Along.
"One Life to Live" fans will remember Jason Tam as Marrko Rivera (2007 to 2012) and soon he'll be back on stage performing in the Sharon Playhouse production of "Merrily We Roll Along." The musical showcases a group of friends and their highs and lows of love and showbiz. Performances will run from July 15 through 19 and tickets can be reserved and purchased at the Sharon Playhouse, which is located at 49 Amenia Road in Sharon, Connecticut.
Erin Cardillo finds a home for Significant Mother on the CW.
Erin Cardillo spent three years in daytime as "Passions'" Esme Vanderheusen (2005 to 2008) and has landed numerous guest roles on such series as "Bones," "Castle," "Melissa & Joey" and most recently in the film "Dance-Off." The actress, along with actor/writer Richard Keith, has created a new comedy series that was picked up by the CW network. "Significant Mother" follows an up and coming restaurateur named Nate (Josh Zuckerman) who returns home from a business trip to find his roommate and mother (Krista Allen, "Days of our Lives'" ex-Billie Reed, 1996 to 1999) dating. Stay tuned for its Monday August 3 premiere and for Denise Richards' ("Twisted") upcoming guest spot.
The former actors of "B&B," "Days," "General Hospital" and "Y&R" have been busy with other projects as well, including "Passions" and "B&B" alum (ex-Giovanni Lorenzano) Victor Alfieri on Bones and one actress gets to play Dorothy in the classic "The Wizard of Oz."
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