Friday, November 30, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (November 30)

On this date in...

1981: Beverlee McKinsey aired for the final time as Iris Wheeler in TEXAS.

1983: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Heinrich Kraus (Gunter Meisner) was strangled by Spencer Varney (Richard Borg).

1987: Richard Biggs debuted as Marcus Hunter in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1989: Joseph Hardy was credited for the final time as executive producer of LOVING. Mary-Ellis Bunim took over the following Monday.

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Tom (Scott Holmes) informed Emily (Melanie Smith) he had to bring charges against her.

1993: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, the body Olivia (Tonya Lee Williams) and Drucilla (Victoria Rowell) had to identify at the morgue turned out to not be Lillie Belle.

1998: Actor Philip Sterling died at age 76.  His soap roles included George Hayes in GUIDING LIGHT, Rafe Carter in SOMERSET and ANOTHER WORLD, and Johnny The Hitman in THE EDGE OF NIGHT.

2010: Polish soap opera SAMO ZYCIE aired its final episode after an eight year run.

2010: Actor Ted Sorel died at age 74.  He played Eric Luvonaczek in GUIDING LIGHT and Alfred Taft in RYAN'S HOPE.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Martin E. Brooks (ex-Paul, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Arthur, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Edgar, DALLAS) - 87
Nada Rowand (ex-Kate, LOVING) - 76
Sherilyn Wolter (ex-Elena, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Celia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-George, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Taylor, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 61
Kevin Conroy (ex-Jerry, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Bart, DYNASTY; ex-Chase, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 57
David Lee Russek (ex-Sean, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Chip, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Christos, GUIDING LIGHT) - 44
Jessalyn Gilsig (ex-Terri, GLEE; ex-Jessalyn, IMAGINARY BITCHES; ex-Gina, NIP/TUCK; ex-Shelley, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 41
Christel Khalil (Lily, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 25

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  1. Wow. I cannot believe I forgot about DAYS' Steve & Marcus when WLS compiled the Dynamic Duos list! They were a great pair and solid friendship that soaps used to excel at.

    R.I.P. Richard Biggs. He was fine actor.

  2. ^^Yep. That's why she was eligible for last year's Younger Lead Actress Emmy. She looks young to me but presents older as a character who is married and has children.