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Former OLTL & ATWT Co-Stars Of Nathaniel Marston Share Grief With Touching Posts: Easton, Brier, Morris, Strasser, Park & Archer

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As On-Air On-Soaps reported early Wednesday evening, former One Life to Live and As the World Turns actor Nathaniel Marston passed away from unimaginable and horrific injuries and complications from his October 30th car crash in Nevada.

The outpouring of love and support and acknowledgement for Nathaniel, and his mother, Elizabeth Jackson since the news spread of Marston’s death has been overwhelming. Several of Marston’s One Life to Live co-stars, and former As the World Turns star Michael Park, took to social media with touching posts, quotes, and song lyrics which speaks to Nathaniel’s life and their time with this man who was taken from us at 40-years-old.

Michael Easton, who played Nathaniel’s brother John McBain on OLTL on his official facebook page Wednesday night quoted the great Jimi Hendrix and said: “MISS YOU MY BROTHER – The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye. Until we meet again.”   And in a heartbreaking and touching post with a picture of Michael and Nathaniel and his mom, Easton added:  “FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS – I remember the hat. Nate wore it often. He would wear it on a winter’s day in New York with no jacket. Just a sweatshirt and that brown hat, brim turned up and he’d be laughing.  That’s how I’ll always think of Nathaniel. Walking up Columbus Avenue, the wind blowing against him. He is smiling, moving towards me, growing larger and larger. My thoughts and prayers go out to Nathan’s family, his friends and all the fans who mourn his passing.”

Kathy Brier, who played Nathaniel’s longtime love interest and wife on One Life used the lyrics of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic song, The Boxer, as a parallel to the life of Marston on her facebook page.  The lyrics begin:  “I am just a poor boy
though my story’s seldom told, I have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles.  Such are promises all lies and jest still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest ….”

Jessica Morris, who played Jennifer Rappaport opposite Nathaniel on One Life took to her facebook page with a photo of herself and Marston in a scene from OLTL.  She related:  “Rest in peace ‪#‎nathanielmarston‬ . Working with you was always so fun! Such a gifted actor and warm soul.”

Melisssa Archer, who played Natalie Buchanan, and was, of course, involved in story with the McBains took to Twitter and said:  “Rest in peace Nathanial Marston. You are loved and will be missed.”

Robin Strasser, ex-Dorian Cramer Lord posted on Twitter her sadness:  “SAD NEWS Nathaniel Marston has died of injuries sustained in a car crash. A talented actor, I wish his personal story ended differently- RIP”

And Michael Park posted a touching few sentenced on Twitter simply stating:  “My heart is heavy with this news. Sweet dreams dear Nate.”

Very eloquent, telling, and well-put posts from some of the most beloved actors that have graced the daytime drama landscape on the death of Nathaniel.  What did you think of the sentiments shared by the actors in their social media posts? Share your comments below!

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I think they were sincere and heartfelt. There is no other genre like the soaps………..we , the fans, feel like family. I can only imagine how the actors feel. I’m sad for all…….mostly his Mom. I wish everyone peace. I can’t get Nathaniel out of my mind.

may he rest in peace, God has found another angel.


May he rest in peace. He fought a good fight. I pray for his mother that she is surrounded in love as she deals with this loss.

I have loved seeing the way the actors showed support and love for Nate and his mother. Gives me even more respect for the soap community. I saw quite a few wonderful posts from Ellen Dolan on FB and many other ATWT actors too.

I am feeling so bad for the actors he worked with—I know them all and watched the shows they were on with him. Nate will never be forgotten.

To the Family of Nathaniel ,
My Heart felt Sympathies to you all , I have watch him for a long time may Peace be with you at this time or Sorrow, but remember he is now a Angel of God and looking out and protecting all of us thru his Spirit , he can now be free God Speed Nate .

I don’t have the words. This is overwhelmingly sad and leave it to Michael Easton to comment so beautifully and poetically in such a way as to flesh out Nathaniel and make him come alive again in our mind’s eyes.
“And this shall give life to thee.”

It really gave me chills. Beautiful.

RIP, loved you on one life to live! May your memory be eternal.My heart goes out to the family! May God be with all of you

I am so devasted, he was a wonderful actor and every body loved him. Rip.

R I P. Prayers for all involved. God speed!!!!!!

I hope he knew how much he was loved.

To overcome so much to have it end this way is just so terribly sad. My heart goes out to his family. As for the the incredibly wonderful and beloved actors of my One Life to Live, I am so sorry for your loss as well. Your fans still love you and stand with you forever.

God bless him and his family in this very ,very hard time.

It’s heartbreaking.

I once saw Nathaniel leaving the OLTl studio in NY. He was carrying out his bike. He stopped and looked up at all the fans and quickly approached them, signing autographs, having pictures taken, smiling the whole time. He was so humble and gracious. He will be forever missed. RIP sweet soul.

God bless you Nathaniel and your family your soap family prayers for you and yours.

Very sad for his mother. I’ve been following her posts on FB and she’s an amazing and strong woman and mother. The Craft is one of my favorite movies so I’m already a fan of his, and I like his acting on One Life To Live when I watch in on youtube. He and Marcie were a great couple. At least he is in heaven now and he got to be with his mother and family before he passed away so that gave them closure. I also read that it brought his mom and uncle back together after years of not talking so that’s a silver lining.

This is heartbreaking: Marcie singing “Iris” at Michael’s funeral on OLTL:

Thank you for that, blake….haunting words and images, in retrospect…..beautiful!!

Of all the roles Nathaniel played, I loved his work on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. There, paired with the vivacious Kathy Brier , the 2 became , to me a super couple if ever there was one. I found it inspiring. A plus size girl all my life, who always got teased , made fun of , and believed no one could love me because I was far from thin. I watched Marcie and Michael/ Al , fall in love – he didn’t care that she was not skinny, he thought she was beautiful , I would tune in just to watch them , and it made me feel better about myself.

My thoughts and prayers , I send to his family and friends at this most difficult time.

Last night I watched a YouTube clip,of OLTL,I it was of Marcie singing at Als funeral,(: (:,I’ve had 2 loses in my family this year:( 🙁 , GOD Bless you Nathaniel,.prayers to his family and friends. Christine

I just hope his mother hears the love in all the support and knows she raised a great young Man who so many cared about and missed, RIP Nate.

Renee Goldsberry left a beautiful message as well. So did so many others.

He will be so missed.

I read Renee Goldsberry’s response on her Twitter page, she interacted a lot with Nathaniel. What a beautiful man and talented actor. He is so loved by his fans and will be missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to his mother and family.

Thank you to everyone who has posted comments about my cherished son Nathaniel here as well as so many other social media sites. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the love , prayers and support the Soap Family has given to me and our family at the most grief stricken time of our lives. Thank you for loving Nathaniel and for the love prayers and support which has come to me and our family from every corner of our country and the world. Words cannot express the love and gratitude I feel for each and everyone of you. Thank you so much!!! Love, light ,prayers and Aloha.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

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‘As the World Turns’ Alum Martha Byrne Speaks Out On Conviction Against Her Husband, Michael McMahon: “We are Fighting Till the End”

If you have been following two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Martha Byrne’s (ex-Lily, As the World Turns) social media accounts or have been following news reports, Byrne is adamantly speaking out about charges and a conviction levied against her husband, former decorated NYPD sergeant-turned-licensed private investigator, Michael McMahon.

The couple share three children together and have been married for over 30 years.  Last week, McMahon was preparing to go back to work. However, Michael was blindsided when a Brooklyn federal court convicted him and two others accused of stalking a New Jersey couple on behalf of China.

McMahon told the New York Post, that he felt betrayed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Clarifying further, Michael felt he and his family with Martha Byrne where being made scapegoats in the DOJ’s first case against Operation Fox Hunt, which is the Chinese Communist Party’s anti-corruption campaign that targets Chinese nationals abroad.  It also targets former government officials and others suspected of economic crimes against China.

In the case against McMahon, he was hired in fall of 2016 by what he believed was a translation company from New Jersey to do surveillance on a luxury New Jersey home occupied by a relative of Xu Jin and Liu Fang, and to use public records to find companies and other assets registered to the couple.  He was then informed that Xu and Liu had had stolen money from a construction company, and the people who hired him wanted to find where the cash had gone. However, McMahon says what he was not told was that Xu was a former official in Wuhan, who had fled China amid allegations of corruption.

McMahon said that when he conducted surveillance as he had done on numerous other cases.  However, what he did not know was that his work was used in a civil suit in New Jersey in 2018 against Xu and others by a Chinese construction group that alleged that they had embezzled millions from that company.

Things took a bad turn in October of 2020 when 12 federal agents surrounded McMahon and Byrne’s home.  Michael was arrested, but it wasn’t your normal arrest, he detailed.  McMahon didn’t think he needed a lawyer so he spoke to the FBI agents. He had wanted to help the government.

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Byrne shared, “He was being as transparent as he possibly could. Instead, they turned everything against him and made him look like the devil in court. I’ve never seen such dark forces trying to portray him as an unlawful person.”

McMahon was charged with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act by working for the Chinese government without telling the State Department, and with conspiracy to commit interstate stalking.

Byrne answered one soap fan’s inquiry to clarify what exactly happened to her husband in a Facebook post. She expressed: “He was hired to find assets on a civil matter. never asked to do ANYTHING illegal. The FBI let the Chinese agents flee, who were operating some scheme separately and unbeknownst to my husband, so the FBI turned their attention to an innocent man to save face. They took legal work as a PI and deemed it criminal for their own purposes. This is VERY VERY scary for every US citizen.”

In the NY Post account, it details that the DOJ shifted its focus to Operation Fox Hunt, targeting private investigators across the country, including McMahon.

Currently Michael is not allowed to be a private detective until this case is overturned.  He shared: “I didn’t harass or stalk anyone, and if I had been asked to do so, or if I had suspected that my clients worked for the Chinese Communist Party, I would have contacted the FBI right away and not proceeded with the job.”

Byrne expressed: “The DOJ knew this problem existed, that private investigators were being used, they knew the patterns well, but they communicated none of this until after Mike’s arrest … We are fighting to the end.”

McMahon’s lawyer will file a post-trial motion next month to overturn the conviction.

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On her Twitter account, Martha shared their lawyer’s, Lawrence Lustberg’s statement: “We are obviously very disappointed with today’s verdict and feel strongly that it is not consistent with the evidence in the case but more importantly, is not consistent with the truth.  That truth is that Michael McMahon never had any idea that he was working for the Chinese Government.  If he had, he would not have taken the job or done the work he did.  His work in this case was the normal every day work of a private investigator and Mike’s conviction on the stalking counts, as a practical matter, criminalizes the work of private investigators in every case.  We will file post-trial motions and, if necessary appeal, until all possible appeals and lawful avenues to challenge this verdict have been exhausted.  And I believe that we will ultimately prevail because this conviction is a terrible injustice, one that I do not believe our legal system will allow to stand.”

What do you think about the conviction of Martha Bryne’s husband, Michael McMahon and by all accounts how he has been wrongly convicted? Comment below.

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