Sunday, August 26, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (August 26)

On this date in...

1909: Jim Davis was born.  He is best known for his final role as Jock Ewing in the original DALLAS.   Davis died in 1981 at age 71.

1946: Prolific radio soap opera writer Elaine Sterne Carrington (PEPPER YOUNG'S FAMILY; ROSEMARY) was featured in TIME magazine.

1950: Future Daytime Emmy winner Benjamin Hendrickson was born.  He is best known to soap fans for his long-running role as Hal Munson in AS THE WORLD TURNS but also starred in TEXAS, ANOTHER WORLD and GUIDING LIGHT.  Hendrickson died in 2006 at age 55.

1984: Julie Stevens, who played Helen in THE ROMANCE OF HELEN TRENT radio soap opera during its final 16 years, died at age 65. TROHT was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.

1986: Ted Knight, who made an early appearance in DAYS OF OUR LIVES as George Becker, died after a battle with cancer at age 62. He was best known for roles in THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT.

1991: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Brad invited Traci to dinner.

1991: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Brooke assured Eric, her lover at the time, that his extra time spent with Stephanie didn't bother her.

1994: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Sami and Carrie were tied up.

1996: 7TH HEAVEN premiered on The WB.

2008: On GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT, a quarantined couple made Patrick view Robin's HIV status in a new light.

2010: John Callahan aired for the final time as Dr. Richard Baker in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Brett Cullen (Mark, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT; ex-Goodwin, LOST; ex-Ted, UGLY BETTY; ex-Dan, FALCON CREST) - 56
Jon Hensley (Dr. Meade, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Holden, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Richard, BEVERLY HILLS 90210; ex-Brody, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 47
Christopher Douglas (ex-Antonio, PASSIONS; ex-Dylan, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Sean, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 43
Melissa McCarthy (ex-Sookie, GILMORE GIRLS) - 42

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  1. Brett Cullen & Jon Hensley Are Both Looking Swell At 56 & 47, Respectively--Yay!

    Brian :-)

  2. Wow, I always thought Jim Davis was old, (he looked 80ish) now Linda looks great at 71, and JR is 81.