Monday, March 21, 2011

James Pritchett Dead at 88

James Pritchett, best known to daytime soap opera fans for his Emmy winning portrayal of Dr. Matt Powers on The Doctors, died at age 88 on March 15 in New York.

Pritchett's other soap credits included All My Children, As the World Turns and The Secret Storm. His Bruce Elliott on ATWT had an affair with Lisa Hughes while she was still married to Bob in 1962. He also made an appearance on Guiding Light.

Pritchett played Dr. Matt Powers on NBC's The Doctors during its entire run (1963 to 1982). He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1978 as Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series.

Pritchett was born on October 27, 1922, in Lenoir, North Carolina.

He worked extensively in regional theater throughout his life, and appeared in numerous television commercials and film.

Pritchett served in World War II where he earned a degree in meteorology. He met his wife Cynthia as they starred together in a production of "Guys and Dolls" in her home state of Michigan.

He was a devoted family man, sharing with his family his zeal for travel, and love of nature and sports. He will be remembered by many for his playful nature and sharp wit. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, wife Cynthia, daughter Laura, son-in-law Priest Dimitri, daughter Shelley, son Kyle, daughter-in-law Claudia, and grandchildren Yevgraf, Vassily and Theodora.

Pritchett will be laid to rest in a private service in upstate New York where he and his family enjoyed many happy years.


  1. How ironic...I have been spending the past few days watching old clips of Pritchett when he was on ATWT.

    Of course, I distinctly remember his tenure on 'The Doctors.'

    A consummate professional...he will be missed.

  2. Rest In Peace, Mr. Pritchett! I loved watching you on the tube!