Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (August 7)

On this date in...

1974: Douglass Watson debuted in the role of Mackenzie Cory on ANOTHER WORLD.   Robert Emhardt, who played the role for just over a year, had left the show in June. Watson's first scene was with Iris and Louise.  He earned three Emmy nominations for his work at AW during his 15-year run winning twice.

In our 2010 interview with Nicolas Coster, Watson's AW co-star had this to say: "We all know Douglass was the prince of daytime. The crowned prince, the king, one of the grandest people I have ever known, ever. He ranks up there with Gregory Peck and Robert Redford. He was a fantastic actor and a wonderful human being. Enough good cannot be said of Douglass Watson. And everyone else says it, I have never heard an ill word against Douglass."

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Logan told April that "Kirk Michaels" did not exist.

1983: Actor David Ford (DARK SHADOWS, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) passed away in his sleep at age 58.

1985: Actress Grayson Hall (DARK SHADOWS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) died at age 62.

2001: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Cass Winthrop (Stephen Schnetzer) decided not to cross examine Barbara.

2001: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Ridge (Ronn Moss) continued to resist Brooke's attempts to start up their relationship again.

2008: The final episode of PASSIONS (#2,231) aired on DirecTV's The 101.

2009: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Adam (Michael Muhney) had to admit to Heather he was with Rafe but one time only. Elsewhere, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) told Victor he was the only man she had ever truly loved.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Glover (ex-Billy, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 68
David Rasche (ex-Cal, UGLY BETTY; ex-Robert, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Wes, RYAN'S HOPE) - 68
Wayne Knight (ex-Brian, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY) - 57
David Duchovny (ex-Agent Dennis/Denise, TWIN PEAKS) - 52
Maggie Wheeler (Trinette, ARCHER) - 51
DeLane Matthews (ex-Janine, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Amber, GUIDING LIGHT) - 50
Harold Perrineau (ex-Michael, LOST) - 49
Sydney Penny (ex-Julia, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Samantha, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Meg, SUNSET BEACH; ex-BJ, SANTA BARBARA) - 41
Rachel York (ex-Rita, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 41
Michael Shannon (Nelson, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) - 38
Luca Calvani (ex-Dante, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 38
Eric Johnson (ex-Whitney, SMALLVILLE) - 33
Randy Wayne (Justin, THE LYING GAME) - 31

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  1. Douglass Watson was an incredible class act, both as an actor & a gentleman!

    Brian :-)

  2. Even with all the madness of working in a production office (especially with so many crazy young kids in the late 1980s---um, like me!), Douglass was always good natured, friendly and the absolute patriarch of the AW company. Never a moment of ill-temper or "attitude" and always a smiling, polite professional who genuinely seemed to appreciate every single person's contribution to the production of the show. When the shock news of his passing reached us, it became a top priority to make sure that his memory and that of the character he created so beautiful, Mac Cory, be appropriately honored and remembered. RIP Doug!

  3. When I saw him for the first time live at the Daytime Emmys in the press room in 1980 (where he won Best Actor)he literally took my breath away!