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Frank Runyeon On His Guest Starring Role On Y&R As An Angel Says, "Hey, If Brian Frons Can Play God On Santa Barbara, I Can Certainly Do This!"


As the World Turns beloved soap couple of Betsy and Steve were the “It” couple of Oakdale back in the 80’s.  Of course, Betsy was played by Meg Ryan and Steve was played by Frank Runyeon. Today, soap fans got a blast from the past when TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan revealed that Runyeon is on his way back to the soaps, and this time The Young and the Restless for a guest star stint!

Runyeon is set to play the character of Angel, who is … an angel! What brings him to the GC canvas? Is someone about to die? Is someone going on a journey to take a look at their life?  Whatever the case, look for Runyeon to appear on the May 28th and June 2nd episodes of the number one soap opera!

On how he got this gig, Frank related that having worked with Jill Farren Phelps and Chuck Pratt during their tenure on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara was how he came to mind for the part:  “Yeah. I’m L.A.-based and, apparently, they were looking for a guy who looks sort of Biblical and Chuck thought of me. I mean, who else is so stupid they’ll walk around with a beard and long hair looking for a job in Hollywood? Me! (Laughs]) I’m that stupid! And it’s such an interesting thing to play an angel. I mean, how do you do that exactly? There are no rules, so I just sort of winged it. Hey, if Brian Frons could play God on Santa Barbara, I can certainly do this!”

In addition, Runyeon discusses how he has been doing one-man shows based on Scripture through his production company, and that he is writing a new book entitled, Escape From Hollywood: An Actor’s Unlikely Journey to Faith.   He added, “I had a ball getting back into soaps with Y&R and reporting for work in the hallowed halls of CBS. It was really terrific. But now my life is about coloring outside those lines, and telling a much larger story. And I am having the most amazing time doing it!”

So, what do you think about Frank Runyeon coming back to the soaps for a short visit?  Excited to see him again?  What do you think will happen and to who, that will precipitate a visit from Angel on Y&R?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. su0000

    May 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I was waiting for Pratt to get all giggly and bring in the devils, angels and aliens!!
    Really looking forward to the Physics!
    I knew Pratt would shake the Y&R foundation!
    gotta luv Pratt.. He is just getting warmed up, I’m waiting for the body count … aha!

    Pratt’s stories= sensationalism ..

    • CeeCee

      May 4, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      You are waiting for the physics, Su? What do you mean? LOL. Elaborate. I’m a PHYSICS teacher, and I’m confused.
      Do you mean METAPHYSICAL? Actually, I was thinking that also….where this ‘Angel’ is in the abstract….in other words, in the person’s, (whoever it is) mind. You know what I mean? … A CHRISTMAS CAROL’s Scrooge.
      So, the Angel appears to deliver or warn this person of his/her comeuppance. Sounds good.

    • PatF

      May 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

      You must love Pratt if you like the GH team in place.

      They defined sensationalism! (Wink)

    • damien

      May 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

      do we really have to love him!!! ???
      it seems like urself and pratt himself love him enough for all of us!… what other self absorbed and centred head writer would allow a legendary show to be completly transformed and unrecognizable?
      in the three short months this once slow burning, character driven show has become plot driven to the point of hollow, shallow and shock induced!
      the hevon storyline has been halted, nikki s ms and alcoholism halted, michael who fought carmine to save his marriage to lauren is ready to pimp her out to cane of all people which makes no sense if michael is trying to find a suitable replacement for since cane is a commom criminal himself! nick , and noah were ready to feed sharon to the wolves for a murder which has been shoved down our throats three days a week, when we re certain austin is alive… and if he is infact dead i can bet its the most anti climatic culprit! kelly is now a one note villian, the jack clone is completely uninspired,poor eilleen davidson got suckered again into leaving her amazing role at days to sell this garbage at y n r!!!!…. i could go on and on …
      but if pratts just getting warmed up i hope viewers like the one above who should be watching gh for this crap enjoy pratt while they can because like other garbage headwriters before him, lml, mab… he will be gone soon and suffering y n r viewers will prevail.

      • CeeCee

        May 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        Well, damien…you hit upon many good and viable points. But, the Metaphysical has always been one of the most ingenious tools in writing. I would not call it sensationalism.
        We must not jump to conclusion….this ‘Angel’ may exist exclusively in the person’s mind, as I said. If the writer is indeed going with the metaphysical. If not, then I’ll shut up and give you all the floor.
        Nonetheless, I’d rather see an angel than crazy Kelly, nefarious Victor , sanctimonious Cricket and her p——-whipped husband.

  2. Jimmy

    May 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    An angel? Really? This probably means that someone is going to die, but how are they going to make this work? And since they’ve already killed off Austin and Courtney, who’s next? Kelly? Judging by Cady McClain’s recent Facebook post, it seems like it. But how are they going to bring an angel into this? It seems very contrived and not like Y&R at all.

    • Nanci

      May 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      There is a lot of “contrived and not like Y&R at all” lately.
      When will enough be enough I wonder.
      Too many characters all at once have become pod people.

  3. janet

    May 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Wow. never ever watch Y&R Hate with a passion Victor and Kill Farren Phelps. But I just may catch it on YT. Loved Frank on my very favorite soap As The World Turns.. Betsy and Steve were one of my all time favorite couples on a soap. Frons as God , well I guess he thought he was , he killed off Mary on SB. so when he was o he had her return. Lane Davies seeing her made me return also. Just not forever. Welcome back Frank, hope you get more roles,

  4. su0000

    May 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Angels are cool, but-
    Monday/tomorr GH has a show strutting awesome male strippers.. 😉
    and hot tangos and 80’s housewives.. LOL
    Angels just are not fun …. aha!

  5. CeeCee

    May 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I have no idea who Frank R is, but I think Y&R needs an angel right now….a few, actually.
    I am looking forward to this celestial storyline…Veeery inderestiiiing !!
    Is the Angel going to redeem someone? Who? Victor? All the Abbots? The killer? Wouldn’t it be ironic if he weeds out the killer and the Angel finagles
    him/her to confess? I think the most poignant twist would be if the killer is someone so out of anyone’s radar, that no one would ever suspect him/her, in a million years.

    • su0000

      May 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      He is a short stint stay..
      perhaps it will be like ”Scrooge” a trip of that kind..
      He could blow a horn like Gabriel, that would be musically entertaining lol ..
      the killer will be close, Pratt style 🙂

      • CeeCee

        May 5, 2015 at 6:17 pm

        Wow, Su. We had the same idea about Scrooge! Well, look at that! See, we do think alike……sometimes?

    • Iakovos

      May 5, 2015 at 9:23 am

      I’d like to see some redemption, a strong arc of character redirection. Take your pic! Those stories have resonance with me but it seems in Genoa City, no one ever learns their lessons… no matter how many WONDERFUL LIFE-inspired holiday episodes they give to showcase an actor/character.

      I think the redemption and re-emergence of a strong Sharon Newman would be exciting to watch. Not revenge, but genuine redemption, challenges and all that go with that.

      • CeeCee

        May 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

        How very profound, Iakovos. So very eloquently put!! And, I agree…Sharon needs to be reborn.

    • Shay

      May 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      CeeCee….”Santa Barbara” is the soap where Alexis’ NLG played the role of another legal eagle, “Julia Wainwright.” Remember when I alluded to those two characters together in one of our posts? You looked it up.

      • CeeCee

        May 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm

        Hey, girl…great to see you here.
        Yes, thank you. I did put two and two together. After all that talk about Santa Barbara, I looked it up again…it had escaped me. Sometimes I feel lost.
        That’s right…Julia Wainwright= Alexis.
        Nancy has not changed much, albeit she wasn’t as ‘exposed’ back then as she is now.

      • Shay

        May 8, 2015 at 9:58 pm

        This is true, CeeCee!!!! No “mutton dressed as lamb” looks back in the SB days for “Julia.” But in many other ways, there were vast similarities between that character and Alexis…..same old tortured lovelife, neurotic tendencies, and that cloying need to talk things to death…..just with less cleavage heaving and tacky sex scenes. LOL. As I previously mentioned, I feel like Ms. Wainwright morphed into Alexis after her life fell apart. Anyway, yes, I decided to visit a Y&R thread for a change….I remember FR from his days acting opposite Meg Ryan on ATWT. Another big ’80’s show. That decade truly was the golden age for soaps…..lots of beautiful people, fabulous fashions, extravagant production values and location shoots… other words, nothing like today! Oh, incidentally, I sent you a lengthy reply regarding your MetGala/NB style comments. I see it didn’t post (yet?) Quelle surprise! Hope it was at least forwarded to your inbox. Later!

  6. Chrystie Delancey

    May 4, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I remember him on Santa Barbara as the priest and Mary’s love interest when she was not with Mason.

    However, what the h-e-double hockey-sticks has happened to this beloved show?! I guess it is Angels & Demons. I don’t recognize anyone anymore. No one to root for. 🙁

    • nicholas

      May 5, 2015 at 12:23 am

      Wrong ! His love interest was Julia when she was not with Mason . The man that came between Mary and Mason was the evil Dr Mark McCormick .

      • Chrystie Delancey

        May 5, 2015 at 11:45 am

        Alas, it has been TOOOO long since SB went off the air. I remember him, just cannot remember who he was with. I remember Julia with Mason and Mary with Mason. Poor Mary getting hit with the giant “C.”

        What I remember most is that I LIKED his acting. Sorry if I got the love interest thing wrong. What I would not give to have better memories of SB. 🙁 Gosh I miss that show!

      • CeeCee

        May 7, 2015 at 4:39 am

        I have no idea what you guys are talking about….Santa Barbara? Before my time, I guess. You are all so very lucky to have experienced the fruits of past writers and so many different soaps.

        Nonetheless, nicholas, in Chrystie’s defence, she did not say Mary was the priest’s love interest….but that he was her love interest. Big difference.

    • Aden

      May 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

      No he was a potential love interest for Julia. Mary died in 1986. Frank did not come on the show until 1988.

      • Chrystie Delancey

        May 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

        Ditto to what I said to nicholas. Sorry I got it wrong, Aden. I miss that show to pieces. I wish they would re-run that. I could watch that one over and over.

    • nicholas

      May 5, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you for your response . I loved ” Santa Barbara ” too . It was my favourite soap of all time . There is an excellent website in tribute to the show . If you type in Google ” Santa Barbara : le site français ” you will find it . There is a flag on the top of the page with a sentence which i think reads as ” tout le site en anglais ” or ” all the site in english ” just click on that with your mouse and all the sites content will display in english . It is a far as i know the best website on ” Santa Barbara ” to date ! Happy viewing ! You can relive the whole soap through the summaries of the eight years and all sorts of other stuff and goodies !

    • nicholas

      May 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Concerning the french website on ” Santa Barbara ” you click with your mouse on the little flag that is located on top at the left of the screen so that the website deploys itself in english . Gave you an incorrect explanation in my previous post sorry . Please tell me if you like the website . I think it is amazing !

      • Chrystie Delancey

        May 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm

        Thanks, nicholas! I will check that out for sure. I was such a pre-teen geek when SB was on the air. I kept a scrapbook. I couldn’t remember my Earth Science studies to save my life, but ask me ANYTHING about Santa Barbara (back then and way before two kids) and I could go on and on. Ha! Ha!

    • Jimh(leave it to beaver)

      May 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      I miss SB…i would watch that one over too!!!

  7. Josh

    May 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I love this man, he is a terrific actor. I loved Frank on As The World Turns. I Hope they sign him, to a contract on any Daytime soap. Still looks sexy.

    • su0000

      May 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm


      He is an angel, doubt Y&R would want an angel as a contracted cast member …
      (sorta hard to write for lol)

      • CeeCee

        May 7, 2015 at 4:46 am

        Why not, Su?
        Michael Landon had an entire series( that I do watch when it’s aired). And, and, and…..what about TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL?
        I may sound childish, but Angels exist….not necessarily in human form, but they do exist in the universe….in many forms. You just have to look for them.
        So, before anyone calls me crazy….I have experienced the metaphysical many times…..especially during my baby’s illness. The Angels are in the air…just a breath away…, I’m crying….

      • CeeCee

        May 7, 2015 at 5:14 am

        Sorry, su….it was on my mind, but I forgot to mention that I watched the ET interview of Taya Kyle with Brooke Anderson. Ms Kyle was explaining that she felt her husband Chris was omnipresent. She said his death did not mean it was over …and as she said”….I don’t know how yet…”, the picture on the wall behind her suddenly fell to the floor. Coincidence? I’d like to believe it was her husband, the Angel.
        The movie AMERICAN SNIPER is based on Chris Kyle.

  8. Jimh(leave it to beaver)

    May 4, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Brian Frons also played The Angel Of Death at ABC…he killed AMC and OLTL!!!

    • Justin

      May 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Brian Frons needs to be locked up, I will send Sheila Carter to punish the sob.

    • Llanviewer717

      May 5, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      For what he did to AMC and OLTL, I’d say he’s the devil incarnate.

  9. The Substitute

    May 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Gosh instead of an angel how about Sharon’s long lost father I would love to see him go up against the mumbled Victor and that brat child Nick!

  10. Mark Y

    May 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Frank is soap royalty from another era. Can’t wait.

  11. Alan

    May 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    The less said about the Phelps/Pratt version of Santa Barbara the better. That show never recovered from the Dobsons being shut out.

    As for who “Angel” will be, at this point I can’t even begin to work up enough interest to care.

    • Nick D.

      May 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Well, I think Jill P. was EP for the whole Robert Barr story and everything that came out of it so her SB was not all bad!

      • Alan

        May 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

        I think the Robert Barr/Quinn Armitage/Flame Beaufort story started under her tenure but the bulk of it played out while Jon Conboy was the executive producer.

      • Nick D.

        May 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm

        Conboy didn’t take over until August 1990 so the story had been going on for a year+ before he got there and ended not too long after he came aboard. Incidentally, Chuck Pratt was the HW who introduced this story as well.

      • Chrystie Delancey

        May 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

        OH, Roscoe Borne! That story with Robert, Quinn, Flame, and Kelly was sooooo good.

        I remember the love scene with Kelly and (I think) Robert. They played Moments in Love by the Art of Noise. That scene was THE bees’ knees. So sexy and so romantic, not like the crap I see on the shows today.

  12. Mary SF

    May 4, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I am not against the angel thing– usually when someone dies they just send a departed loved one to come and get them– like when Colleen was drowning, Brad came to her in a vision. Visions of dead loved ones have been on this soap before, John Abbott, Cassie, Dee Dee– And a few years back Michael had a Wonderful Life moment, and an angel that looked like Paul Williams took him on his journey– and one Christmas I think Victor had a Christmas Carol experience. So I don’t think using an angel is all that wacky for this show- it depends how it is written and in what context weather or not comes across as silly or just a part of the spiritual aspects of life that all soaps touch on.

  13. Nick D.

    May 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I remember him as Father Michael on Santa Barbara – I guess he really likes playing the spiritual roles. Great to see an old school soap star again – even if it’s just for a cameo!

  14. nicholas

    May 5, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Was a huge fan of ” Santa Barbara ” and boy would i want this soap revived . Remember Runyeon as Michael Donnelly on ” Santa Barbara ” . He was so good in the role . That’s such a nice surprise to see him pop up in Genoa city .

  15. KanasGuest

    May 5, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I’m pretty sure many soap fans equate the name of Brian Frons with the polar opposite of God.

  16. vinman

    May 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm


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