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All My Children’s Mark LaMura Passes Away At 68

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More heartbreaking news for the legacy cast of All My Children. News spread late on Monday from Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane, AMC), that indeed, her on-screen half-brother, Mark LaMura died at the age of 68.  The talented Daytime Emmy-nominated actor lost his battle with lung cancer.

LaMura played the role of Mark Dalton in Pine Valley on and off from 1976 when he first came on to the scene till 2005 when he made his lastg guest appearance.

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On her Instagram, Lucci posted a photo of herself as Erica with LaMura’s Mark Dalton sadly expressing: “How can this be? I just received the shocking and deeply saddening news that wonderful Mark LaMura has passed away! Mark played my brother Mark on All My Children–he was such a talented and accomplished actor/ a bright and charming presence in all our AMC lives–and a really great guy. Mark was loved and he will be missed! RIP, my friend.” In story, Mark Dalton shared his greatest on-screen love story with Kathleen Noone’s Ellen Shepherd, and later with the character of Brooke English as played by Julia Barr.

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Most notably, LaMura was the key character in another one of Agnes Nixon’s social issue storylines where Mark battled drug addiction from cocaine as illustrated in this clip in this post of the intervention staged by his loved ones. This was evidence of yet another towering performance by LaMura, who was a very distinguished actor throughout his career.

Watch Mark’s intervention below. Then share your thoughts and send your condolences to Mark’s family and friends in the comment section below, as we say farewell to another cast member in the incredible family that is All My Children.

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Gia
Gia

So sorry to hear of his passing….

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This is horribly shocking news. I loved him. He was wonderful as Mark. He was wonderful in other things that he did too. I just saw a Star Trek: TNG episode the he did. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

Very heartbreaking! I really loved him on AMC. My condolences to his family.

Suzan m
Suzan m

I was a true AMC fan from the first day to the last episode and remember mark well. We have truly lost another great actor to a horrible disease. TIP Mark you will be missed.

Debra m
Debra m

Such sad news. I remember Mark from his AMC days. He was amazing in that drug addiction story. That is when the soaps were so well written and acted. Miss those days. Now, there are no stories worth remembering on any soap. RIP Mark.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Rest in peace, Mr. LaMura…

A great actor, a great character…

The above clips illustrate a small slice of the magnificence of AMC. This Agnes Nixon storyline was riveting, as were so many others. Long before Lucci finally won that Emmy, she was knocking the ball out of the park with her acting chops. Same goes for Julia Barr, Kathleen Noone, and, of course, Mark LaMura.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

And, of course, it was a wonderful to see the mother/daughter dynamic between Erica and Mona (Frances Heflin), another great actress. These scenes were both comical and poignant…

jaybird369
jaybird369

Brother…of course, I remember Mona (Erica’s mother). If I remember correctly, Mona was one of the few who knew how to get along with Erica…very, vey carefully. Soap memories……….

Later, Brother.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Quick Correction: very and not vey. My bad.

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…DEFINITELY Y-E-S on both counts!!!!! Mark LaMura did a WONDERFUL job in playing Mark Dalton…a WONDERFULLY WELL-WRITTEN character. Mr. LaMura will be missed. Yes.

Later, Brother.

dmr
dmr

Rest in peace, “Mark Dalton.” I remember watching All My Children when I was younger, and I remember watching Mark struggle with his addiction, vividly. Mr. LaMura did an outstanding job with this storyline. This was when social economic issues were taken seriously in the daytime environment and written with heart. Other examples of social issues written well in the daytime arena were Cindy’s battle with AIDS on AMC and Stone’s battle with AIDS on GH. Both storylines were given the proper build-up, dedication, and devotion required to respectfully write and tell a story of such magnitude.

David Isner
David Isner

I’m sorry for your loss.

Mark was my favorite actor on All My Children

Steve
Steve

A fine actor. He was adept at driving story and excellently provided a balance to the Erica craziness.

Mark and Ellen were a couple to root for, although I liked her with Ross as well.

RIP Mr LaMura

Jay W. Walker
Jay W. Walker

Mark Dalton’s addiction storyline pre-dated the crack epidemic by several years. Mark was addicted to powder cocaine.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Love Mark. He had such a beautiful beautiful presence. My condolences to his family. I’m sure he’s causing something beautiful in the next world.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

He was definitely an AMC favorite. Very sorry to hear of his passing. The clip you showed was a masterpiece of his talent and the story he had. Rest In Peace, Mark.

Marilyn-Makeup
Marilyn-Makeup

OOOOOMMMMMMGGGGGG, I am SSSSSOOOO SAD. I still owe him a payback for a prank that he played on me

K/kay
K/kay

When I did watch AMC he was on he was so good they just don’t make this caliber of actor anymore did he also not have a romance with Brooke anyway sad to hear!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Was so shocked and saddened to hear this. Who wasn’t lost in this man’s great looks; his smile, dimples, beautiful eyes. Swoon-worthy. Great actor who brought charm and loignance to his character. I’m so sorry…

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

He was so very talented and, clearly, a fan favorite.

So her sad. RIP, fine sir

Connie
Connie

A wonderfuil actor, never to be forgotten.

Harry
Harry

Mark Dalton was an example of how good soap operas could be. He was a brilliantly drawn character, a romantic, angst ridden, romantic classical pianist battling the demons of addiction.
The writing was there and this actor made his scenes resonate with believability.
And you always rooted for Mark to make it just as you would root for Mr LaMura to make it.
He was a great talent.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree.

Beth
Beth

Long time AMC viewer here. Mark Dalton was a great character, one who battled his demons and lost his marriage as a result. I remember watching this storyline back in the day and rooting for Mark to reunite with Ellen, which he eventually did. I always thought Mark LaMura was a good-looking actor, but he had some major acting chops as well. I missed Erica’s connection to her brother in the last 10 years of AMC, although I know Mark dropped by from time to time. The news of Mr. LaMura’s passing makes me very sad. We’re losing too many AMC veterans.

boes
boes

He was such a wonderful actor, always a pleasure to watch. I remember his original introductory storyline, not knowing Erica was his sister, then his romances with Brooke and Ellen, his addiction storyline.

He’ll be missed.

Maca
Maca

Great actors all of them I am sad about his passing.

jeffrie
jeffrie

Another terrible loss!Watching this made me miss all those wonderful characters and the best couple ever was Mona and Erica…. this was when writers could write and actors
acted!!!Rest in peace Mark LaMura.

Sam Glass Jr.
Sam Glass Jr.

Oh, my aching heart…though I think it’s nothing, compare to how the AMC cast from back in the day must be feeling right about now. Mark was one of the many wonderful actors who kept me riveted when I first started watching the show, and AMC soon became my “gateway drug” to all the other soaps: RYAN’S HOPE, GENERAL HOSPITAL, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, ONE LIFE TO LIVE….Rest well, Mark….And my condolences to family, friends and co-workers…

Crystal
Crystal

Sorry for his passing, prayers for his family! Rip

Janice
Janice

So sorry to hear of Marks passing. He will be sorely missed. RIP Marc

Linda Scaife
Linda Scaife

This makes me so sad! I loved Mark Dalton. He was the cutest. He was one of my favorite characters on the show I watched from its first episode until its last. My deepest sympathies to his biological family, his AMC family, and his fan family. God Bless.

Patrick
Patrick

taken, from wiki : Mark LaMura (born October 18, 1948 – September 11, 2017;[1] sometimes spelled Mark La Mura or Mark Lamura) was an American actor. He was married and had one daughter.

He portrayed Mark Dalton in All My Children in 1977–1989 and made special guest appearances in 1994, 1995 and 2005.

He had a solid 12 year run, plus. What a beloved Man. God speed.

these threads are the hardest… I love reading all the emotion by all

InTheLigt
InTheLigt

Mr. LaMura was so effortless and natural in his genius, in many ways it seemed his reactions represented all of us. His presence was a savvy thread and in his passing, I am saddened yet smile in appreciation, grateful for his artful ease, more than ever.

Mary
Mary

Rest in peace!

S.R.
S.R.

Unforgettable actor. Gone too soon. R.I.P Mark.

Tivette
Tivette

God bless you And RIP Mark…forever remembered.

Kirk Callahan
Kirk Callahan

The news of this really hits below the belt… Lamura’s Mark had one of the best male roles on the show during his tenure. His character’s sir name , Dalton, was Agnes Nixon’s Irish Grandmother’s last name. Nixon’s dialogue really showcased her love for the character. The fun things I remember about Mark Dalton- after Mona told Erica she could not sleep with him because he was her half- brother ( LOL !) – were trips to Studio 54 with Erica ( lots of famous look-a-likes) , dating Brooke who Erica loathed, dancing with Erica at the opening of her disco: after weeks of Erica defiantly declaring: “Mark, Everyone will be flocking to ERICA’S” and keeping Erica “incognito” after she shot Kent Bogart. Erica may have been married 10 times and had lots of men, but Mark was her rock and I think Susan Lucci would concur. The cocaine addition storyline was originally introduce in 1975 with Margo’s daughter ,Claudette, Phoebe’s assistant, who stole Phoebe’s jewelry to finance her habit.. Nixon seemed to expand on this with Mark – a storyline that lasted for years. Gosh!!! I really do miss 1970s & 1980s “All My Children” when ABC was a network.

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