Saturday, July 21, 2012

Michael Lipton Dead at 86

Michael Lipton, 86, of Englewood, New Jersey, died on February 10 at The Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund in Englewood.

Born in in Queens, N.Y., Lipton is well known to soap opera fans for his roles as Neil Wade in AS THE WORLD TURNS, Dr. Stan Kurtz in SOMERSET, and Augustus Harper in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Lipton left AS THE WORLD TURNS in 1967 after a five-year run to devote more time to his love for the theater. The show killed the character of Neil off leaving Penny Hughes Baker Wade (Rosemary Prinz) a widow for a second time in five years, each time just after the man she loved finally found their niche in life. With Neil, his was his success retail venture running the bookstore.

Lipton returned to soaps but managed to fill his resume over the years with numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional theater productions including "Loose Ends," "Inquest," "Wake Up, Darling" and "Caesar and Cleopatra."

Lipton is survived by nephews and nieces.

Arrangements were by Eden Memorial Chapels, Fort Lee.

- CLASSIC ATWT Photo of the Day: Don, Amanda & Neil
- CLASSIC ATWT Photo of the Day: Christmas 1965
- CLASSIC ATWT Photo of the Day: 9th Anniversary

In AS THE WORLD TURNS, Neil Wade was Penny's second husband
following the death of Jeff Baker. Neil was killed off five years after Jeff.

Here's a May 18, 1967 scene between Lipton's Neil and Rosemary Prinz's Penny in AS THE WORLD TURNS:


  1. My God, I remember super-handsome Michael Lipton from both ATWT (during my junior high school days) & Somerset (from my high school days).

    Rest In Peace, Michael!

    Brian :-)

  2. RIP. Another star from the golden age of daytime drama has fallen.