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Guiding Light & One Life to Live Favorite, Jerry verDorn, Passes Away at 72

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Very sad news to report on Monday.  Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jerry verDorn, has died at the age of 72 after a months -long battle with cancer.

Jerry passed away on Sunday, May 1st peacefully at his home.

Daytime fans loved Jerry for his portrayals of Ross Marler on Guiding Light (1979-2005)  and then Clint Buchanan on One Life to Live (2005-2012 on ABC and 2013 on Prospect Park’s online version).  He later retired after 34 years of acting on daytime TV.

For his work on Guiding Light, Jerry took home back-to-back Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category in 1995 and 1996. Throughout his time on the CBS soap, he also earned four additional nominations for his performances.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Beth, his sons Jake and Peter, daughters-in-law Laura and Erin, his sister Bonnie, brothers Jim and Dan, and grandchildren: Benjamin, Nora and Penelope

A private memorial celebration will be held at a later date this summer.

Share your thoughts, remembrances and condolences for Jerry and his family in the comment section below.

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Sad news. Mr. VerDorn is part of a special generation of very talented performers who through their hard work and gifts for storytelling, created characters that became a like family to us during TV’s golden age of daytime drama. I’m appreciative of the legacy they leave us but it just is not the same anymore. We will remember Ross and Clint through Mr. verDorn. I like how he successfully assumed the iconic role of Clint on OLTL and made it his own.

Very well said, lakovos. I, too, miss that ‘family feeling’ that soaps once had. Heck, Y&R can’t even use music themes they presumably already own the rights to. If you watch the show on All Access, they play the full theme over the closing credits and it reminds me of what we’re missing. Performers like the great Jerry verDorn are so rare anymore. Here’s to his talent and dedication to his craft.

Death is part of the cycle of life but every time I read about the death of a soap star particularly one who acted on either the Proctor and Gamble/ New York ABC soaps it always feels like I’ve lost yet another childhood friend. It reminds us that fewer and fewer of us remember TV golden age of daytime drama and the greats like Mr. verDorn who provided us with so many precious memories are slowly slipping away. My condolences to his family.

This is such sad news. I loved watching him as both Ross on Guiding Light and Clint on One Life to Live. He was an incredible actor.
I’m happy he did several episodes of “The Locher Room” with his costars. It was sure good seeing him again. Rest easy, sir. Rest easy.

He was a great actor. I watch him for many many years he will be miss by all you loved him! My favorite was Clint on One life to Live. Rest in Peace

My heart! X

OLTL hit the recast jackpot with Jerry. A fine actor who fit in perfectly with the powerhouse cast despite being younger in real life than his tv younger brother.

RIP to one of daytime’s finest.

Not Jerry verDorn! He was a consummate actor. He was at Guiding Light for such a long time, and one of the main reasons I stayed with the show for as long as I did. His acting with Michael Zaslow, Beverlee McKinsey, Maureen Garrett and especially the actresses who all played Blake, especially Elizabeth Keifer, was just outstanding! He was too young. What a great loss.

Loved Jerry he was a wonderful man, and wonderful actor. May he RIP.

This is terrible news. I am so shocked. I loved him on One Life to Live. He seamlessly slipped into the role of Clint Buchanan. He didn’t try to imitate Clint Richie. Jerry was his own Clint. The writers gave him plenty to play and played it wonderfully. He also came across as being a very nice man in real life. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Thank you Mr. verDorn for sharing your wonderful talent with us. Rest in peace kind sir.

As frequent as recasts are in soaps, it’s not common to look back at male characters that have multiple actors equally associated with the role. Clint Buchanan was one of them.

Others include:
Jack Abbott (Lester/Bergman)
Edward Quartermaine (Lewis/Ingle)

The jury’s still out on the Adam Newmans, Billy Abbotts of the soap world. We may have verdicts already on the Ridge Forresters and Nikolas Cassadines.

RIP JvD, job(s) well done!

Another bog loss! Loved him as Ross on GL and he made you believe he was the only Clint Buchanan on OLTL.

It’s been a sad few months for ATWT/L fans….Lisa Brown….Kathryn Hays…. and now Jerry Ver Dorn…..Heartbroken!

He was one of those actors that put quality into daytime. Perfect as Ross, even better as Clint. A sad day for those of us who love daytime and the people who made it great.

I started watching Jerry VerDorn on GL when I was 10 years old. My babysitter loved him, so I did too. Fly high, you are at peace now!

Terribly sad news has hit another daytime star. Jerry verDorn’s portrayal of Ross Marler on GL will never be forgotten by his fans. Six Emmy nominations and 2 wins! I will never forget him thanking his wife Beth after receiving his awards. Praying for the family! Wish he could have been a part of a GL reboot.

Wow. Jerry VerDorn: Soap icon. I was just watching an “old” scene with him & Wendy Monize (Dinah.) Ross Marler evolved from bad boy to respectable family patriarch. Rest in peace. Mr. VerDorn.

I remember him on both shows. So sorry for his family. He portrayed excellent character on both shows. This was back when soap opera’s were at its best. Vergie Sears

Oh, one of my all time favorites from GL. I just loved Ross and Blake with sometimes interfering Holly and Dinah. He was the consumate attorney, husband, dad, friend, etc. R.I.P Jerry, you were loved by many!

I remember as a teenager first watching him on Guiding Light. He was one of my favorite characters on the show and I was so sad when he was written off. He was a gem.There are few daytime actors like Jerry anymore. Sending sympathy and warm thoughts and prayers to his family.

I went to the same college as he did and saw him in many local productions. He was so talented. I am so sorry.

Loved Ross and Holly’s brief time together before he got involved with Blake. Wonderful memories from GL’s heyday.

Read this and thought “now both my Clints are gone!”

I enjoyed watching him on the real One Life to Live on ABC and felt really bad he had to destroy Clint on that debacle on Prospect. I hope he got to do something more enjoyable after that.

A wonderful human being indeed one of the good guys ! RIP !!

I am so sorry to hear Ross Marler has passed I enjoyed watching him on Guiding Light. My son and I were just speaking of him this morning. I was supposed to go meet him at a mall sponsored by Chick full of nuts at a mall in New York. I fell I’ll that day. So my son went to see him. My son said he was a very pleasant man. He sent me a photo of him with best regards. I will never forget that. All my prayers to his family friends and fans. May he rest in Peace

Loved him as Ross..

I never met Jerry, nor watched any Soap Operas. However, I met Beth at a hotel pool in Ames, Iowa several years ago, and had a delightful long visit with her. I would like to thank Beth for her graciousness that day, and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family upon hearing of
The death of her beloved Jerry. He was terribly talented and a good husband and father, by all accounts. Our deepest sympathy to you Beth.

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However, four of the top award category nominations will be revealed on Thursday, April 18th across four entertainment news programs to kick things off.

Those include this Thursday episodes of Access Hollywood, E! News, Entertainment Tonight and Extra. Over the past few years, NATAS has often let the syndicated entertainment news program handle the duties of revealing the top actor and actress in a daytime drama series, but we shall see which categories the shows unveil this year.

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The awards will be back at The Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where (the delayed due to the actors and writers strike) 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held back in December of 2023.

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In addition, the show is set to bow in January 0f 2025, which means that it appears that the new soap will replace The Talk, which was just canceled and will end after its upcoming 15th season in December of 2024.  No specific time period, or exact premiere date has been set as of yet.

In the premise of the The Gates it follows lives of a wealthy Black family who live in a luxurious gated community.

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The Gates has Val Jean as its writer, showrunner and one of its executive producers. Soap fans know Val Jean’s work best for her work on the writing teams of General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful.  Taking to X, Michele shared: “It’s go time” citing the news on the show coming to CBS in 2025 via Deadline.

Sheila Ducksworth, Leon Russell, Derrick Johnson and Kimberly Doebereiner will serve as executive producers on The Gates production team. The soap has been in development through a the joint venture between CBS Studios and the NAACP, which was established to help elevate a diverse range of voices and increase the visibility of Black artists.

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