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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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Marci Miller Final DAYS Episode Airs Today As She Shares Heartfelt Goodbye: “Thanks For The Sweet Ride, Abby”

In two years time, Marci Miller became a household name in the daytime arena as one of the brightest talents to grace the soap opera genre in a very long time.

Now today on Monday November 19th, viewers of Days of our Lives are watching her final episode as she wraps up her run as Abigail Deveraux on the NBC soap opera.

And what a run it was! Earning her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Lead Actress this year, and a possible nomination next year, Miller was heralded for her gut-wrenching performances in the DID storyline (Dissociative Identity Disorder) where she played Abby’s alters, Dr. Laura and Gabby.  Not to mention her complex love story with Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn).

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On key episodes today, Miller’s Abby goes toe to toe with a vindictive Gabi (Camila Banus) who gloats how Abby ended up back in a sanitarium … thanks to her!

Miller made the decision to leave DAYS and pursue a career in feature film and primetime TV roles

In an Instagram post, Miller shared:”This is a picture of me 2 yrs ago, painting my nails (and a dear friend’s while I’m at it) for a screen test the next morning to play a woman named Abigail Deveraux Dimera on Days of Our Lives. Who would’ve thought?! This morning I sit in the same exact spot knowing that today, my last episode will air as this beloved character. I reflect, and am grateful. I am better for having been a part of it all. Knowing I’ve laid her in a pair of loving and capable hands does me good. Thanks for the sweet ride, Abby. My heart is full today. Xx #Days #Milly#Chabby”

So, send your well-wishes to Marci here as we give her a standing ovation for an incredible job well-done for her portrayal of Abby et al.  Will you miss Marci? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Casts ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Alum Janet Hubert As Mike’s New Love Interest

Intriguing casting news out of Port Charles on Sunday. The ABC daytime drama series has tapped former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert to play the character of  Yvonne,who is said to be a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home he is now in.

According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

In another twist, Hubert will reunite with Vernee Watson (Stella)om GH.  The two appeared together on “Fresh Prince”, where Watson played Will’s mother.

So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

What do you think of the casting news?  Interested to see this next leg of Mike’s story as he declines from Alzheimer’s, but may find love?  Comment below.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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