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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
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Gia

So sorry to hear of his passing….

Llanviewer717
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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
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Dr Helen Ruth

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

Suzan m
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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jaybird369

Quick Correction: very and not vey. My bad.

jaybird369
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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
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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
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David Isner

I’m sorry for your loss.

Mark was my favorite actor on All My Children

Steve
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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
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Jay W. Walker

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

Yvonne
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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
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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
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Marilyn-Makeup

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

K/kay
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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
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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
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Tomas Torquemada

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

So her sad. RIP, fine sir

Connie
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Connie

A wonderfuil actor, never to be forgotten.

Harry
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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
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nancy dillingham

Agree.

Beth
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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… Read more »

boes
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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
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Maca

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

jeffrie
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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.
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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
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Crystal

Sorry for his passing, prayers for his family! Rip

Janice
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Janice

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

Linda Scaife
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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
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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
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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
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Mary

Rest in peace!

S.R.
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S.R.

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

Tivette
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Tivette

God bless you And RIP Mark…forever remembered.

Kirk Callahan
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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… Read more »

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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