Sunday, December 1, 2013

World AIDS Day 2013: A Day To Remember

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

On World AIDS Day, We Love Soaps would like to recognize some of the creative talents from world of soap operas who lost their lives due to complications from the AIDS virus.  If someone is missing from the list, please let us know, and share your memories in our Comments section.

Christopher Bernau (Philip Todd, DARK SHADOWS; Alan Spaulding, GUIDING LIGHT)
June 2, 1940 to June 14, 1989 (age 49)

David Oliver (Perry Hutchins, ANOTHER WORLD; Sam Gardner, A YEAR IN THE LIFE)
January 31, 1962 to November 12, 1992 (age 30)

Dack Rambo (Grant Harrison, ANOTHER WORLD; Jack Ewing, DALLAS; Steve Jacobi, ALL MY CHILDREN; Wesley Harper, PAPER DOLLS; Tim, NEVER TOO YOUNG)
November 13, 1941 to March 21, 1994 (age 52)

Joel Crothers (Miles Cavanaugh, EDGE OF NIGHT; Jerry Cooper/Jack Lee, SANTA BARBARA; Julian Cannell, SOMERSET; Ken Stevens, THE SECRET STORM; Nathan Forbes, DARK SHADOWS; THE DOCTORS)
January 28, 1941 to November 6, 1985 (age 44)

Howard E. Rollins Jr. (Ed Harding, ANOTHER WORLD, FBI Agent, ALL MY CHILDREN)
October 17, 1950 to December 8, 1996 (age 46)

Bill Beyers (Wally McCandless, CAPITOL)
March 17, 1955 to May 29, 1992 (age 37)

Larry Riley (Calvin Barnes, THE DOCTORS; Frank Williams, KNOTS LANDING)
June 20, 1953 to June 6, 1992 (age 38)

Keith Prentice (Morgan Collins, DARK SHADOWS)
February 21, 1940 to September 27, 1992 (age 52)

Dennis Parker (Derek Mallory, THE EDGE OF NIGHT)
October 28, 1946 to January 28, 1985 (age 38)

Timothy Patrick Murphy (Mickey Trotter, DALLAS; Spencer Langley, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW)
November 3, 1959 to December 6, 1988 (age 29)

Paul Keenan (Todd Chandler, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Tony Driscoll, DYNASTY)
December 10, 1955 to December 11, 1986 (age 31)

Biff Warren (Mark Lewis, AS THE WORLD TURNS)
December 9, 1955 to September 26, 1993 (age 37)

Ben Archibek (Neil Curtis, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
January 6, 1943 to October 21, 1993 (age 50)

Robert Christian (Bob Morgan, ANOTHER WORLD; Dr. Colby, ALL MY CHILDREN; Lieutenant Frank, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW)
December 27, 1939 to January 27, 1983 (age 43)

Brad Davis (Alexander Kronos, HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE)
November 6, 1949 to September 8, 1991 (age 41)

Robert Drivas (Brad Robinson,OUR PRIVATE WORLD; Ernest Cooper in YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE)
November 21, 1938 to June 29, 1986 (age 47)

Tom Fuccello (Paul Kendall, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Mark Elliott, LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING; Dave Culver, DALLAS)
December 11, 1936 to August 16, 1993 (age 56)

Leslie Graves (Brenda Clegg, CAPITOL)
September 29, 1959 to August 23, 1995 (age 35)

Alan L. Hale (Publicity Agent)
1949 to January 22, 1991 (age 41)

Anthony Holland (Jacques Pierre, RYAN'S HOPE)
March 3, 1928 to July 9, 1988 (age 60)

Rock Hudson (Daniel Reece, DYNASTY)
November 17, 1925 to October 2, 1985 (age 59)

Liberace (Guest Star, ANOTHER WORLD)
May 16, 1919 to February 4, 1987 (age 67)

Douglas Lambert (Eddie Weeks, GENERAL HOSPITAL)
July 7, 1936 to December 16, 1986 (age 50)

Irving Allen Lee (Calvin Stoner, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; Evan Cooper, RYAN'S HOPE)
November 21, 1948 to September 5, 1992 (age 43)

Lee Mathis (Jon Hanley, GENERAL HOSPITAL)
March 10, 1952 to May 1, 1996 (age 44)

Brad O'Hare (Judge Morgan Arthur, GUIDING LIGHT)
October 13, 1950 to October 1, 1994 (age 43)

March 30, 1945 to December 14, 1995 (age 50)

Robert Reed (Lloyd Kendall, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; Mike Brady, THE BRADYS)
October 19, 1932 to May 12, 1992 (age 59)

Tom Rolfing (Cliff Tanner, ANOTHER WORLD)
February 1, 1950 to April 24, 1990 (age 40)

Paul Shenar (Anthony Westfield, PAPER DOLLS; Jason Dehner, DYNASTY)
February 12, 1936 to October 11, 1989 (age 53)

Raymond St. Jacques (Arthur Hooks, FALCON CREST)
March 1, 1930 to August 27, 1990 (age 60)

Amanda Blake (Julianna Stanhower, THE EDGE OF NIGHT)
February 20, 1929 to August 16, 1989 (age 60)

Ricky Wilson (The B-52s, GUIDING LIGHT)

Teddy Wilson (Clem, DALLAS)
December 10, 1943 to July 21, 1991 (age 47)

Greg York (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Customer Designer)
1961 to July 26, 1995 (age 34)

- FLASHBACK: Deidre Hall's Red Ribbon Controversy 1993
- World AIDS Day 2011: And A Look Back At 2010
FLASHBACK: An AIDS Nursing Home Finds It Is No Longer the Last Stop (Joseph Breen 1997)


  1. The talent lost forever with their passing is the real tragety. As you can see NOT all of them were gay. While some I never got see on their respective soaps it's still a heartfelt loss none the less. I miss them all, may they remain forever in our hearts & in eternal rest, but never forgotten.

  2. There are a few names here, like Bernau & Crothers, where I suspected AIDS due to the sudden and youthful natures of their deaths, but I don't recall this was ever confirmed by the soap press. Of course, some of this was due to the enduring stigma of HIV/AIDS.

    1. imho - Looking for confirmation in the "soap press" from that era might be the last place you'd find it. As former TV Guide columnist, Daniel R. Coleridge detailed in his book The Q Guide to Soap Operas, the soap press behaved more or less like the old film magazines from the 40s - knowing far more than they reported and choosing not to report the "scandalous," which could prevent future access to the show(s). As for Joel Crothers, I know his death due to the complications of AIDS was confirmed in Craig Hamrick's biography of Louis Edmonds, Big Lou. From what I know, Hamrick was not just one of the most respected historians of DS, but also a true friend to many cast members. IOW, if he wrote it, you could believe it.

  3. Guys, you are perpetuating a rumor about Raul Julia. He died from a stroke that started with bad sushi on top of surgery for what was probably stomach cancer. Enough wonderful people (love you, Mark and Kenn) died from AIDS without having to add others who didn't.

  4. I wonder how accurate this list is. I.e. Everything I had read about Raul Julia when he died was about probable stomach cancer. Robert Reed may have had the HIV virus but died from colon cancer.

  5. I have often wondered if soap opera writer, Douglas Marland died from AIDS.

  6. Hate adding names to this list, but there's also actor Robert La Tourneaux [1945-86], most famous for playing the dim-witted cowboy in both the off-Broadway and film versions of The Boys in the Band, who'd previously played Dr. Mike Powers in THE DOCTORS. He spoke about how hard it was getting roles after the 1970 film was released, not just because of typecasting, but because he was an openly-gay actor even then. The rest of his life is rather sad, and towards the end, he was forced to go to court to fight his NYC landlord from evicting him, because he had a live-in caregiver staying with him.