Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CLASSIC ATWT Photo of the Day: Nat Polen

Nat Polen played kindly Dr. Doug Cassen on AS THE WORLD TURNS from 1956 to 1967. Doug was a source of comfort to Claire Lowell during her marital difficulties with husband Jim, and ultimately married her following Jim's untimely death.

Although he loved his step-daughter Ellen, he was not afraid to take David and Betty Stewart's side against her when Ellen attempted to regain custody from them of the child she'd had out of wedlock by Dr. Tim Cole and given up for adoption (Jimmy aka Dan Stewart). Sadly for Claire, Doug died after suffering complications from injuries incurred in a fight with the disgruntled husband of a patient who had died.

In addition to his ATWT role, Polen had parts on such series as CAPTAIN VIDEO (starring alongside Don Hastings), THE EDGE OF NIGHT, THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, HIDDEN FACES, THE NURSES and as kindly Dr. Jim Craig on ONE LIFE TO LIVE from 1969 until his death in 1981.

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