|Frank Runyeon -- Photo Credit: Sean Smith/JPIstudios.com|
"I'm L.A.-based and, apparently, they were looking for a guy who looks sort of Biblical and Chuck thought of me," Runyeon said. "I mean, who else is so stupid they'll walk around with a beard and long hair looking for a job in Hollywood? Me! [Laughs] I'm that stupid! And it's such an interesting thing to play an angel. I mean, how do you do that exactly? There are no rules, so I just sort of winged it. Hey, if Brian Frons could play God on
Runyeon starred in As the World Turns as Steve Andropoulos from 1980-1986. His pairing with Meg Ryan's Betsy Stewart (later played by Lindsay Frost) was one of the most memorable in soap opera history coming in at #27 in our 2012 countdown.
Runyeon then moved to Santa Barbara where he played Father Michael Donnelly from 1988-1991, working with current Y&R executive producers Jill Farren Phelps and Chuck Pratt Jr. He guest-starred as a priest on Melrose Place in 1996 and guest-starred on All My Children in 2008-2009 as Forrest Williams, Reese's (Tamara Braun).