CLASSIC ATWT Photo of the Day: William Johnstone

Like Santos Ortega and Don MacLaughlin, William Johnstone, who played Judge Lowell on AS THE WORLD TURNS from 1956 to 1979, was a radio veteran. His credits included a role on Irna Phillips' early serial TODAY'S CHILDREN.

While Judge Lowell was never the center of any storyline, he was a comforting presence and source of wise counsel, particularly to his daughter-in-law Claire and granddaughter Ellen.

Does anyone out there recall how the character was phased out of the show in 1979?


  1. I just wanted to thank you guys for all the beautiful pictures. As a huge fan that read the scrapbook at least 10 times, but has only been watching since 1999, I really enjoy being able to put faces with the names I read in the scrapbook. It's a real shame that they didn't bring back Penny or Ellen for the show's final episode...

    I hope you know your hard work is truly appreciated!

  2. Mr. Johnstone, like Mr. MacLaughlin, was another 1st class gentleman of soap opera characters from the past. RIP--both of them!

  3. while I don't know for sure, I would think because of his age that he died in both real life and on the show like Grandpa. But I don't know I'm just speculating. Great pictures, rare ones, I love them. Thank you.