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EXCLUSIVE All My Children's Michael Nader Interview: Fan Favorite As Dimitri Marick Comes Home To Pine Valley!

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While All My Children has been given a second chance at its soap life, the olive branch continues with the series that is now delighting its long-time fans with some startling blasts from the pasts that have been woven into the fabric of their new and current storylines!  Many fans were delighted and shocked with the news that long time heartthrob and romantic lead, Michael Nader is returning to All My Children as Dimitri Marick after more than a decade since his last appearance on the ABC version of the show.

Fans loved the romantic Nader, and the character of Dimitri, and especially his pairing with the one and only Susan Lucci (Erica Kane).  But it wasn’t an easy road for Nader on the old AMC, and that is putting it mildly.  As had been publicly documented, as well as discussed in the book No Holds Barred, Nader was let go from All My Children due to budgetary considerations in 1999, but there was such fan outcry for him that the ABC Television Network brought him back to the role with a multi-year contract!  He returned in May of 2000.  Then in 2001, Nader then lost the role, once again, but this time it was due to trouble with the law, and from an official statement from ABC saying if he would address these issues, they would bring him back, which they never did.  Nader then sued ABC after learning they never had any intention of bringing him back, after he turned his life around.  Needless to say, that is the short abridged version of the tumultuous journey and road Nader has traveled.  But all of that … is now in the past!

On-Air On-Soaps had the pleasure of sitting down with Michael, when we visited the All My Children studios, where he was just beginning to tape new episodes as Dimitri.  We can tell you, Michael was forthright in our conversation, infusing it with self-effacing humor and wit, and a pleasure to talk! We know one thing, long time fans and new ones too, are going to love seeing him back where he belongs in Pine Valley this coming June.    So here’s our chat with Michael N.

So after all this time, how did you end up back on All My Children?

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MICHAEL:   It’s a cute little story.  I found out after I talked to Ginger Smith (executive producer, AMC).  Ever since I left All My Children many years ago, she was a fan of my work.  Obviously, she supported me because she was having, as I understand it, them already writing for me.  She said, “Start writing for him.  I am going to find him.”  Then Chris Goutman, the director said, “Michael’s daughter is on facebook … don’t you remember Lindsay?”  So she emailed Lindsay on her facebook page and said, “This is Ginger Smith.  I would like to speak with your pop!”  Lindsay then called me and said, “Dad, someone from All My Children wants to talk to you and I gave her your number.”

It must have felt like a sort of vindication, and felt really good to be sought after that way?

MICHAEL:  I have been out of the game. I did a couple of guest spots on Cold Case,and little things. Then I started drifting around and going to those, “Let’s see what they look like today interviews.”  I went, and you know what?  The industry has changed so much.  You know it’s sit around and wait.  I have a friend, a very good actor.  For seven years he did not get work.  All of a sudden because of his voice, he has an English accent, he started to get some voice-over work, and it was enough to make a living in Hollywood. Three weeks ago, I got call that he had a cerebral hemorrhage in his sleep. They found him three days later with his dogs around him.  So he waited by the phone, he got a little bite of life, and then he was taken.  And I said, “You know, I am so lucky of what I did, and to live in this wonderful community in Lake Tahoe.  I am at peace.”  Then the phone rings and it was Ginger!

Fans loved you as Dimitri Marick!  You were one of the shows all-time leading men! 

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MICHAEL:  Who can complain with a thousand candles, me dressed as a Prussian Emperor, and dancing with Susan Lucci in Budapest?  C’mon, that was some good stuff!

Did Ginger inform you of the story to lure you back to the soap?

MICHAEL:  Truthfully, they did not tell me anything about storyline.  Ginger said, “I will do anything to have you come back … anything!”  I said, “I don’t need to know anything, sweetie.  Just have your financial team get on the horn and let’s get this settled, and I think this will be a gift for both of us!  You believe in me, which is wonderful, and I know you haven’t seen me, but trust me, I am ready to roll.”

Did you feel pressure with all that you had been through to come back now to your sort of old stomping grounds and begin the rigors of acting on a soap?

MICHAEL:  No, strangely enough.  I thought I would be nervous my first little day on set, but I was only nervous for the first beat, because it was one of those reveal things where you have to time it just right, and so for that moment my actor head goes, “Not real.  Not real.”  But then I let it go and it was just fine.  So for the first few weeks, I think I will be drifting in and out, and then I got some scripts where I get busy with JR.

Originally, there was so much speculation that when AMC cast European Russian bad boys Vlad and Yuri (who now we come to find out are running a sex trafficking ring) that somehow Dimitri might have a connection to them because of his European background, as well!

MICHAEL:  Those were the boys that I sent to check out the place?  No! (Laughs)  I honestly have no idea what the storyline is going to be, the plot, or anything.  I am just amazed after meeting with Jeff and Rich from Prospect Park, and seeing the product they are putting out. I went, “You know what?  This is good!”

You know I was sitting in front of you at the AMC and OLTL premiere!  What did you think when you saw the two shows on the big screen?  And, what was it like for you being there amongst all of your peers once again, many whom you have not seen in years?

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MICHAEL:  I was excited seeing it on the big screen.  All My Children was fun, and One Life to Live had this dark intensity.  I said, “Boy, One Life to Live is very gritty.”  And they said, “Just wait.  The storylines on this one are going to get very, very gritty.”  So honestly, it’s all just a fabulous reunion.  I got here, and on the first day I came up here to the studios in Connecticut, it was for a wardrobe fitting and make-up.  I literally have not seen anyone since the day I had to leave.  It has to be thirteen years ago.  The night when I went to the premiere, I walked on the red carpet near Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC) and Jill Larson (Opal, AMC).  Jill had not seen me yet, and I came up behind her, and she said, “Yes?”  And I said, “Hi Jill.”  And she said, “Can I help you?”  Then, I said “It’s Mike.”  Then the curtain came up and she howled and hugged me very tight.  Then later, she says “Just like me Mike, no one recognizes you.”  But then towards the end, I started to get some second looks from the fans, and then inside the premiere the three photographers who have been covering soaps forever yelled in unison, “Mike Nader!”  I went, “Yes, it’s me!”

Do you suspect Dimitri will be a good guy or bad guy, this time?

MICHAEL: I don’t want him to be a bad guy.  I want Dimitri to be a caring man, but very, very tough when s**t comes his way.   If “Jr”, or David, or anybody gets in his way, they need to watch out.  So to any of the bad guys, I am hoping I might be the fulcrum to pull them down. That would be great.

Will you work with Thorsten Kaye (Zach, AMC)?

MICHAEL:  The reason I am sitting here with my head shaved is that when I saw Thorsten, I said, “I am not competing with that head of hair!”  Now, I still have hair in my head, but then I also saw Vincent Irizarry, who plays David!  So I went in and said, “Ralphie, let’s buzz this mother off!” (Laughs)

Did you ever stay in touch with your former AMC on-screen brother, Edmund, played by John Callahan?

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MICHAEL:  No.  I don’t know how long John stayed on All My Children after I did.  I think a little bit longer.  I ran into Walt Willey (Jackson, AMC) and Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC) when we did Oprah’s show with the tribute to Susan, and at the end were all of her on-screen husbands.  I did that because I thought that would be fun and would mean a lot to Susan.  Being back here now in 2013, is a karmic thing for Ginger to have held me dear in her heart, all this time.  And then to have this happen for her, and then for her to go, “You know what?  I am in the position now to bring that dude back!”  She cared that much to make it happen!

Does it feel like this is a second chance at life in Pine Valley for you, and with the revival of AMC?

MICHAEL:  I think this version of All My Children is definitely the second coming of the show.  And the kids that they have now, they are allowing them to be real kids, not soap opera kids. They are dressing them fresher. The whole show is fresher.

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Show business is one of the toughest businesses to be a part of.  It can break your spirit, your heart, and can make you very wary of people, and who to trust.   Was your decision to reside currently in Lake Tahoe based partly on getting away from the rat-race of the “biz”?

MICHAEL:  I came down to visit Lindsay in Los Angeles, about a month before I got the call from AMC.  I said, “Lindsay, I’ve got to get out of here.”  We went out to dinner, and there were so many wannabes, and my daughter is so solid.   But who wants to live in Los Angeles, if you don’t have to?  I tell everybody: ‘there are a lot of pretty places if you let go of that old stuff.’  People hold on to their dreams for too long.  Get real!  Look, it happened for me, and then it didn’t happen for me anymore.  I found a community that I love.  But I accepted this, here at AMC, the gift that they told me that they wanted me to come home.

So soap fans, are you excited to see Michael Nader again as Dimitri Marick?  What do you think will happen when Dimitri hits Pine Valley?  How do you feel about Michael getting a wonderful opportunity to act again on the new AMC?  Let us know!

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Lauren
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Lauren

Great interview, thank Michael and Michael! 🙂 I loved Dimitri and Alex and would welcome a storyline between them on AMC! It is my recollection that both the characters were written off leaving town together. Any chance of AMC mentioning what they have been doing? As little as tptb are using Finola on GH, this fan of both the actors hopes she does a crossover.

margie dalton
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margie dalton

Sure am!! Great interview our cast of children coming home!

Lisa Bell
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Lisa Bell

That interview was very informative , I am so happy to see Dimitri back once again.

Brenda Ramey
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Brenda Ramey

will we be seeing Susan Lucci and Michael E. Knight back on All My Children? It would be great so see Edmund (John) and Walt Willey too.

ethel
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ethel

i have loved him since he was on dynasty…………………..glad he is back!

tim
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tim

Just speculation,but I’m thinking that Dimitri will turn out to be Celia’s mysterious guardian.

Beth
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Beth

Welcome back–can’t wait to see you on AMC!!!!

cococraze24
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cococraze24

I’m excited if somewhere down the line there would be a Dimitri and Erica reunion ( he’ll need 2 grow that hair back) though. Anyway, it would be great but I don’t want him interfering in Brooke and Adam’s relationship at all…. Brooke and Dimitri should NEVER happen! ABC attempted to pair those 2 back in the day and their was ZERO chemistry! and was dropped before they could kiss after the first date. IN short all for it just don’t pair him up with Brooke!

George
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George

UGH. Never could stand this character. I have no interest in watching him so I won’t be. Wish I had me Jack/Erica and Tad instead.

Michelle
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Michelle

So, SO happy about Michael’s return, yay! He has always been one of my favorites!

MJ
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MJ

Finally! Welcome back Mr. Nader. You have been missed.

Kelly
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Kelly

Loved the character of Dimitri and Michael is an excellent actor!! So glad to see him back where he belongs!!!

Gracies BFF
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Gracies BFF

What wonderful news!

ABC sure did treat you poorly, so glad that Prospect Park has righted that wrong, Mr Nader.

I must say that I had given up on the new AMC ( a show I have watched since day one in January 1970), but now hearing this terrific news… I will watching again, just to see Dimitri , a character who I really loved back in the day.

Welcome home!!!

Mary Moore Fergen
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Mary Moore Fergen

I think it’s terrific to have Dimitri and Michael back in Pine Valley! Can’t wait to see what he’ll be up to!

Rena
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Rena

I am so happy that Michael Nader is returning to All My Children. I have missed Dimitri so much. Welcome back, Michael Nader. I love you!

Jodi
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Jodi

Good stuff! So excited to see Dimitri back! AMC will definitely be gaining this viewer now! And I suspect many many more of Michael’s fans!!! Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny
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Johnny

Well, as a long LONG time viewer of the show, I wish to be as objective as possible and say that he was fine in the role of Dimitri but not I am not exactly sure how that character fits in today. I am still so dismayed that the show’s airings have been trimmed down to twice a week that I guess that is dominating my thoughts and focus. Of course, if Susan Lucci returns, I can see him clashing with her so that could be interesting. I just don’t know if that will happen in the future, so I… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

Thank you! I’ve been thinking the same thing. We haven’t seen Dimitri in more than 10 years. Where does he fit in in Pine Valley? Was it just that Michael Nader was available when so many other, more recent actors on AMC were not? I so want Erica to show up and interact with him. Jackson should be mixing it up with him, too. How about Kendall? She stabbed Dimitri and was briefly married to his son. She should be there. I get the feeling that alot of what’s airing on AMC is slapped together based on the small number… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

I know what you mean, Beth – it’s like, okay, what is the point – it’s not like he was a real “key” character in Pine Valley ~ they need to bring in Kendall, even if they have to re-cast which at this point, well who knows – it would be better if they brought back original actors but not just peripheral characters from years ago – “slapped together” as you phrase it does seem somehow to be appropriate. The “old days” of Pine Valley and Landview, I don’t know, the characters all seemed joined together somehow – one family… Read more »

Jessica
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Jessica

I agree with you totally, Beth, and have made the same observations about the current AMC. I feel like there is no master story bible and they are merely throwing stuff at the wall to see what fits. Billy Clyde makes no sense in a story about contemporary sexual trafficking. I LOVE BILLY CLYDE, but he belongs in a very different kind of story. Every time he comes on screen, the menace that these new sleazy pimps generate is washed away the moment he opens his mouth. I don’t know what on earth they have planned for a (bald) Michael… Read more »

Kayla
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Kayla

The only way I can see Dimitri fitting in on the current AMC atoryline is if he is Celia’s guardian

AJ
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AJ

Dimitri is going to be revealed as Celia’s sponsor!

That’s my guess.

Lisa Bell
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Lisa Bell

Wow, that is a good guess, now that i think about it you might be right.

dawnhaze
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dawnhaze

I am overjoyed that Michael Nader is back. A complete cast to me would be for Michael E. Knight (my ears perked up when Dixie got a call from Tad while she was visiting JR in the hospital) and Walt Willey to return also. The possible story lines for all of them are limitless. I just keep thanking PP for bringing back the best soaps on television.

sunnid
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sunnid

I agree with you whole heartedly!!! Rock on Prospect Park hope they work everything out with this law issue…. It would kill me to lose them again!!

c jean
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c jean

Really missed M. Nader…can’t wait to see him! Loved him on AMC and Dynasty and anywhere else he popped up. Can’t wait to catch up on his character.

sunnid
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sunnid

Very happy to see Michael come back. I’ve been missing him for years!!
Welcome back Dimitri… Long time no see… 🙂

Betty Norris
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Betty Norris

I am so happy to have Michael Nader and AMC back!! Prospect Park is doing a fantastic job!!! Thank you!

Barbara
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Barbara

Mike (mr. Dexter) I guess you got lucky. When I saw this I had to write this (for old times) . I’m happy for you. Barbara

merry jaworski
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merry jaworski

I am so happy they brought him back. He was one of my favorites on the show. He is a very good actor and I am happy for him!

podgorica
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podgorica

Hi, I am from Podgorica, capital city of Montenegro, East Europe.
In my country (former Yougoslavia) most popular show was “Dynasty”. One of my favorite actor was Michael Nader as Dex Dexter.
I am so happy to see “mr. Dexter” come back! My best regards for him!
Sorry if my english is not well.
Once again : WELCOME BACK DEX !!

Antoinette
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Antoinette

I am so excited! I love Michael Nader.. Can’t wait to see Demitri back. He is an amazing actor. Looking forward to seeing him again!

Mary Bolger
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Mary Bolger

I always thought Michael Nader was one of the most disciplined actors on AMC. He was a pivotal character and I for one am thrilled to see him back. Welcome back, Michael and all the best.

Paula Ashton
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Paula Ashton

Very happy to see Michael Nader reprise his role as Dimitri! Love that it’s on Oprahs network.
He looks great and hooray for him, overcoming his demons.

Maria chopas
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Maria chopas

I am so happy to have amc back and i am so excited to see dimitri back! Love it!! Thanks for bringing it alive again!!!

podgorica
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podgorica

He is one of the best actors who appeared in a supporting role. With his charm, vigor and elegance deserved leading role. This is best demonstrated in “Dynasty,” where his charisma raised the ratings of the series.
It is therefore inconceivable that did not get a place in the following “The Reunion”!
Joan Collis could not get a better partner and its antipode behavior.
She should not prevent us from acting appearance of such a size because of their prejudices.
Goran from Podgorica, Montenegro

TISH PRUDEN
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TISH PRUDEN

Dear Michael,
Thank you for being the kind thoughtful & generous person you are.
I met you the first day I was assigned to appear as a background
Player on AMC. You immediately made me feel welcome.
I will never forget you. I wish you a great new life in tthe
Forthcoming AMC. You have been greatly missed!
Sincerely,
TISH

Natalie Bridgeman
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Natalie Bridgeman

By any chance dimintri marick pop up on gh

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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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