‘The Edge of Night’ Actor Forrest Compton Dead at 94
Soap opera vet known for various daytime and primetime roles.
Soaps.com is saddened to report that soap opera veteran actor Forrest Compton, known for his thirteen year run playing Mike Karr on The Edge of Night, passed away on Sunday April 4 at the age of 94 due to complications of COVID-19. The news was first confirmed by close friends of the actor’s via the Shelter Island Reporter.
Born September 15, 1925 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Compton attended Swarthmore College to study acting followed by three years at Yale Drama School and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts. In September 1975 he married Jeanne Sementini, who he remained with until his death. He and his wife retired to Shelter Island, New York in 2002.
Compton held numerous soap opera roles on Another World as Alfred Cory in 1987, All My Children as John in 1991, Loving as Dr. Godsham in 1992, As the World Turns as Charles DeWitt that same year, One Life to Live as Bill Whatley in 1995 and will always be remembered for his role as Mike Karr on The Edge of Night from 1971 to 1984. Compton also turned up in primetime on such shows as The Twilight Zone, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, Arrest and Trial, Divorce Court, Gomer Pyle: USMC, Pat Paulsen’s Half a Comedy Hour and Hogan’s Heroes where he played Captain Geissle for five years. His last noted credit was having played Mr. Emerson and Mr. Stackhouse on the television series Ed from 2001 to 2002.
Soaps.com sends Compton’s wife, family and friends our deepest condolences. We invite readers to browse through our gallery below of other soap opera alums lost this year…