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Former Soap Vet Barry Jenner Dies At Age 75

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Longtime soap vet Barry Jenner passed away on Monday at the age of 75 from of acute myeloid leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his wife, actress Suzanne Hunt revealed to The Hollywoood Reporter.

Jenner started his career on NBC’s Somerset as Tony Cooper and Another World as Evan Webster in the 70’s.  In primetime soaps, he played Dr. Jerry Kenderson, who had an on-again, off-again love affair with Linda Gray’s Sue-Ellen Ewing, over three seasons of CBS’ Dallas.  Barry also played the former husband of Donna Mills’ Abby  named jeff Cunningham for several episodes of Knots Landing back in 1981.  He also appeared on Days of our Lives.

Jenner was well-known for his primetime roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Starfleet Admiral William Ross, and as Lieutenant Murtaugh for 18 episodes on the sitcom Family Matters, and appeared in countless primetime dramas and comedies over his career.

So, do you remember Barry for his roles on Another World, Somerset, Knots Landing or Dallas?  Share your condolences in the comment section below.

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Lew S.
Lew S.

I loved to hate him as Tony Cooper on Somerset.

Erick
Erick

Didn’t know he was on soaps, I knew him from Star Trek DS9. He played the only friendly Admiral the franchise ever had!

Rockefeller
Rockefeller

RIP
Just watching these now. Sad.

Roger M. Sands
Roger M. Sands

Barry was not only a fine actor but an outstanding gentleman and public servant. Aside from his busy schedule in his acting roles he spent 21 years as a Los Angeles Police Reserve Officer. I had the good fortune to work with Barry on many police details. He treated people with respect and sincere kindness. Barry was not only a fine actor but an outstanding gentleman and public servant. Aside from his busy schedule in his acting roles he spent 21 years as a Los Angeles Police Reserve Officer. I had the good fortune to work with Barry on many police details. He treated people with respect and sincere kindness. My loss revolves around a fine actor, gentleman, police officer and a friend. Rest in peace my friend.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I remember him…one of my favorite Another World villains…as Evan Webster he had an affair with Olive Randolph and he plotted against Gwen Frame and tried to kill John Randolph but that backfired and Evan was killed instead!!! He was married to Susan Harney who played Alice no.2 on Another World after Jackie Courtney was fired…didnt he also play a cop on Family Matters or some other comedy….also, i remember him on those other serials as well…another sad passing of another soap great!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

oops…overlooked it-‘Did i do that!’-lol…i see it says Family Matters

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I remember him from Another World. Evan’s introduction made him look like Mr. Clean but viewers soon found out he was rotten to the core. Mr. Jenner played him to perfection. (Oh, for the good old days with quality writing and stellar acting!)

Thanks for confirming my recollection; I thought he had been married to Susan Harney (who was underrated as Alice, I always thought).

Sad to read of Mr. Jenner’s passing; he was a good bit older than I thought.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Susan Harney was the best Alice recast….she even looked like Jackie Courtney…she did a fine job!!!…Evan Webster and Sven Petersen(Roberts Blossoms) were AWs greatest villains along with the late great Beverly Mckensie as Iris and Christine Jones as Janice Frame!!!…the 70s were the best soap decade for quality writing and stellar acting on AW and many other soaps!!!

dmr
dmr

I remember Mr. Jenner as Jeff Cunningham on Knots Landing. Oh, how I loved, loved, loved Knots Landing!

mark
mark

Me too!!! I wish they would release more DVDs too!!

Sedrick Gilbert
Sedrick Gilbert

Remember him from Dallas and his numerous appearances on the $25,000 Pyramid.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Another beloved celebrity has passed away. Very sad. Rest In Peace, Barry Jenner. You will be truly missed.

Amen.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I wasn’t familiar with this actor’s work (although he looks familiar) but he had quite an impressive background and must have been a very respected actor. RIP.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I remembered him as Jeff on KL—it was so good when Abby turned the tables on him and took her children back after he took off with them.

CLH
CLH

I watched Dallas and Knots Landing, but don’t remember him.

Penny
Penny

I do…RIP Barry.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Thanks for sharing that

Charday
Charday

I remember him on DALLAS. RIP.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Was he any relation to Olympian Bruce Jenner?

Jane
Jane

wow….rip.

Rodd
Rodd

I remember him well. So young to go. Condolences to his wife and family.

Helen
Helen

I remember him from Somerset and Another World (which gives a clue as to my age) ~ always enjoyed him.

RICKIE
RICKIE

I remember him as Tony Cooper on “Somerset,” replacing Ernest Thompson. He and Fawne Harriman (Ginger Kurtz Cooper) made a lovely couple. Then, his marriage almost broke up over his affair with Victoria Paisley (Veleka Gray). I was a devoted fan of “Somerset” and regretted they cancelled it to make room for Harding Lemay’s AWFUL “Lovers and Friends.” (Although Tony, Ginger, and Joey Cooper were written off before the end of the series.)

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The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

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Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

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Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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