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Michael E. Knight Chats His Y&R Crafty Doctor Turn, Chuck Pratt Jr. & Why He Wasn't Part Of Prospect Park's Reboot Of AMC!

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Michael E. Knight is beloved and iconic for his role as Tad Martin on the now defunct All My Children.  The actor has not appeared on a daytime drama series since the series was canned by ABC, but now Knight is ready to take on daytime again.  It begins with his recurring role as Dr. Spencer Neville on The Young and the Restless.  Knight will first pop up on the canvas on the October 15th episode of the number one sudser.

Just how does he come on to the show?  In a new interview with TV Insider, we learn that Knight will play a not-so-up-and-up neurologist who is hired by Neil Winters and has become somewhat unhinged after kidnapping his ex-wife Hilary (Mishael Morgan) as part of his payback to her and his “son”, Devon (Bryton James).

Michael also weighed-in on what brought him to Y&R, working with Chuck Pratt Jr. again, (even though many feel Pratt was responsible for the ultimate tanking of All My Children), and why he did not partake with other longtime cast members in Prospect Park’s attempt to revive the series.

Here are a few interesting excerpts from Knight’s conversation below!

Knight on his new Y&R character …  Dr. Neville:  “He’s very cool, kind of eccentric and a rule breaker. And hilarious, though he doesn’t mean to be. He makes no apologies for being brilliant and always thinks he has the highest IQ in the room. He’s here to keep the (Hilary) situation under wraps. And that’s all I’m allowed to tell you… he says, twirling his mustache.”

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Knight on Chuck Pratt Jr.’s tenure as head writer of All My Children:  “I don’t think Chuck was given a fair shot at AMC. I suspect he got his marching orders from Brian Frons, who only wanted the under 35 audience. Chuck had to turn AMC, which was moving very slowly, into a show that demanded your full attention, not something you could half-watch while you were making a ham sandwich. He really had to mix it up. But he was only there for what, seven months? I think he’s a funny, progressive guy. And hey, Y&R is doing pretty well under him!”

Knight on why he did not participate in Prospect Park’s reboot of All My Children: “That was happening at a really rough time in my life, what with my divorce (from One Life to Live star Catherine Hickland), and selling our house in New York and moving to L.A. with the show. When it was cancelled and got picked up [online], I just couldn’t keep following the show as it moved back and forth across the country. I was stressed out. I needed to step back from AMC, from everything. It took me two years to relax and start breathing deeply and just let life be.”

So what do you think about Michael’s upcoming role on Y&R?  Do you think it will fun to watch him not be such an upstanding guy, and have him get mixed up in Neil’s storyline?  What did you think about his thought on Chuck Pratt’s time at AMC … was the head scribe indeed unfairly judged?  And, are you sad that Michael was not a part of the Prospect Park reboot … or do you feel he sidestepped a bad situation for him?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000
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su0000

ohh gee
I can not have an opinion about Michael E. Knight and his role as Dr. Spencer Neville.
((can’t have an opinion until I see him as Spencer in his role as a doctor to have an opinion..
nonetheless; I like looking at him 😉

Harry
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Harry

Looking up the term “passive aggressive” in the dictionary and it reads,”See su000.”
Speaking of whom, su000, it is perfectly acceptable and reasonable to express an opinion about Michael Knight’s return to daytime. Are you happy? Excited? What do you hope they do with his character?

su0000
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su0000

Dear Harry,,
I have no opinion about his coming to Y&R, I am not familiar with him.
So- I am not excited or happy, and no hopes about what is done with his doctor role..
I will have an opinion after his appearance goes into the 3rd week as to if he can excite me and make me happy .
(I like looking at him lol

My neighbour, the soap lifer, told me of Tad being a bad boy with the girls and a trouble maker, that I like, so I will ”hope” he still will be a bad boy.. ok? 🙂

Dylan
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Dylan

As long as he is violent, evil, and a sociopath, and murders people, Su will like him.

su0000
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su0000

Dylan.. geeezuz, you stating I’d like him to be- ”violent, evil, and a sociopath, and murders” …. lol c’mon. I clearly said what I’d like him to be’ quote me ;; Tad being a bad boy with the girls and a trouble maker, that I like, so I will ”hope” he still will be a bad boy.;; yup- That ^^ is what I’d like him be, for a starter.. (not a violent, evil, sociopath, murder <– but that does have merit 😉 as long as he is hotly intriguing, I'll be luvin' the handsome guy heh.. what do you want… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I look very much to Michael’s debut on Y&R and I completely can understand why he did not join the online reboot of AMC, which ultimately was handled very poorly.

Jonboy
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Jonboy

Susan Lucci doesn’t seem to think so.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, Susan Lucci is on her last Olive Oyl leg.

Harry
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Harry

Seeing his beautiful eyes and endearing smile makes me feel like I am seeing a long lost and beloved brother. I heart Michael Knight. But Mr. Pratt? Yeah, I am talking to you, buddy. Please do NOT make his character a one dimensional bad guy who is written into a corner. I beg of you. You will get a lot of viewers tunning into Y&R just to see Michael, and they do NOT want to see him twirling his mustache. This I know for sure. Leave that antic to the real Mustache. Michael’s humanity always shines through making him a… Read more »

Margie
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Margie

ICAM. I want him to be a badass with a heart.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

So, Margie….you want him to be Thad, the cad? I second what Harry said.

su0000
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su0000

hmm dunno about him still being a ”cad”
cad
kad/Submit
a man who behaves dishonorably, especially toward a woman.
((lookin’ good ^^^ 😉

He was born 1959, 56 yrs old..
I hope they will not mellow him out and they will keep his boyish reputation as a cad strong and going!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, Su….sort of Like Morgan Corinthos; bedding both mother and daughter. Let’s not hope for a repeat. There’s enough let’s-keep-it-in-the-family-bed-hopping on Y&R.

Vicki
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Vicki

Can we make it so he stays and some of the characters we dislike go? LOL….I would trade Michael Knight for Hilary/Devon/Sage/Joe/Abby/Summer/Kevin/Colin/Luca/Marisa-I wish they would get back to REAL storytelling. Let Days be the show with the outlandish plots (LIKE the days of James Reilly) and Y & R get back to good old-fashioned romance and plots that don’t wreck characters legacies.

Vicki Black
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Vicki Black

I am thrilled that Michael will be back in the Biz. He has always been one of my favorite actors and has a wide range. Absolutely can’t wait! As for AMC cancellation, I believe that the suits a ABC had made up their mind long before Pratt came into the picture. He did the best he could with an ax hanging over his head. He landed on his feet and is doing a great job at Y&R.

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Llanviewer717

Vicki, I agree with you about the suits at the alphabet network. They wanted out of the daytime drama business and did everything they needed to do to make that happen. I’m shocked that GH has remained on the air.

I definitely feel that Chuck Pratt is a bringing much needed fresh air to Y&R.

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

I can definitely relate to Michael’s feeling of needing a break after experiencing so much all at once. I’m going through a rough patch right now and I literally just needed to take break from everything for a few months just to regroup. I wish him all the best and I’m glad he seems to be getting his life back on track with his new job.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Wishing you the best too TNT.

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

Thank you so much! That means alot to me 🙂

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
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Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

[As I posted earlier on another newsfeed heralding the second-coming of Pratt/Phelps: popularity is not a sign of quality.] >:-( Just because people have their sets on doesn’t mean they are not screaming at the tv, bemoaning the fact that the decades of investment they’ve made in this show is FOR NAUGHT. Together this team GUTTED a show beloved and revered for 42+ yrs and have turned-it into something totally different: flipping-the-bird to anyone who dares question their motives or execution. This sort of self-serving arrogance didn’t serve Frons, Bloom, Goutman or Wheeler well either; what have any of THEM… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Thanks for sharing this, Mr. Fairman. I’m really looking forward to seeing MEK’s work. I’m a longtime fan. Glad he’s back in the game.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Same here. I love MEK also I just hope the writers will do him justice. It took Tad forever to get to redemption. I don’t want the new character to take the same route. I only wish he will be a stand-up guy. No Liza Colbys or Marians anywhere, please.

Beth
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Beth

I adore MEK and was a huge AMC fan. I’m happy he’s landed on Y&R for however long his role lasts. It’ll be good to see him do something a little different on a different show. I agree with him that the majority of the blame for AMC’s cancellation goes with Brian Frons for a bunch of reasons. He hired the wrong people to produce the show, write the show, and in the case of certain actors, “save” the show. I blame ABC and its execs. Pratt’s writing helped push the boulder down the hill, but I don’t think he’s… Read more »

sheryl
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sheryl

I love Michael in any role . he is a terrific actor and he is a great person , I wish him lots of good luck and I know he will be a great asset to the show . He has a great personality and I can’t wait to see him again.

Rebecca Zertuche
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Rebecca Zertuche

When Michael first came onto AMC, he wasn’t squeaky clean. His character eventually grew up, but he always had that mischievous twinkle in his eye. I look forward to seeing him again. Prospect Park didn’t know what to do with AMC or OLTL, he was well out of it, though he was missed.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

He’s playing a character who has the same name as actor Spencer Neville who played Derrick on DAYS.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I thought it was perhaps a misprint at first. What a coincidence.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Maybe Chuck Pratt is a fan of DAYS. He should just stay at Y&R because Josh Griffith is doing a fine job writing DAYS.

Dee
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Dee

I think Michael Knight was an excellent actor, funny and interesting.. I am so glad to see him on another soap.. I guess I will have to start watching Y&R, thou that show need to a lot of improvement. Bores me to watch.

dolores
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dolores

Enjoyed Michael on AMC for YEARS; a great actor – looking forward to seeing his return to the soap-world. At Y & R I wish him well. Glad he did not try the Prospect Park reboot – it was a fiasco! They destroyed the characters and disrespected the older characters. He has more class than the Prospect Park Reboot, glad he took time off to heal. Will tune into Y & R now!

susan crovo
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susan crovo

I just glad he is back any soap he is great actor Weiss welcome Michael to yr way to go

Timmm
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Timmm

He seems like a real cut up and I cannot wait for his arrival. Seems like it could go contract? I hope him and Ashley hookup and Stitch is left all alone with his stethoscope in his hand!. He is talented and grateful. Nancy Lee Grahn are you reading this? Grateful to have a JOB! Welcome Michael.

Cathy Phillips
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Cathy Phillips

I will have to watch. I so wanted him to appear on Prime Time or GH. I love MEK. He has sense. I hope the writers remove the real bad character and allow the funny, sensitive and sometimes hard guy to appear. He can do it all. Please give him the opportunity. I fear real bad guys don’t always stay on soaps.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I know what you mean, Cathy. I was always so happy to see him on AMC…..he lit up my screen. This new role of his does not seem too promising as being a squeaky-clean character. There must be something shady in his background for him to agree to be hired by Neil ( on the hush-hush, I take it). It also seems that Dr. Neville can be bought…another black mark on his not-so-stellar reputation. Obviously, he will be treating Hilary until Mishael returns from maternity leave. If the good doctor/Tad is banned from practicing medicine ( just an assumption), I… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

i so love michael e knight – i can not wait to see him back in a daytime drama – i know he will do well

Nanci
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Nanci

So this means Hilary will still be lying motionless in the boathouse
into mid-October (at least)? Til Michael’s character comes onboard
to be in cahoots with Neil…ugh.

JUDY
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JUDY

GOOD ACTOR..I ONLY HOPE THEY WRITE A GREAT STORY AND HE WILL BE ON THE CANVAS FOR A LONG TIME……THEY MADE SUCH A MISTAKE WITH MAURA WEST….

su0000
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su0000

Y&R brought in; Jesse and Angie Hubbard (Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan)
there ^^ is talent..
They made Debbie a hillbilly drug addict/horrible character lol and Darnel, rarely seen physical therapist.
Also.. wasting Tristan Rogers..

Y&R, if one is not a Newman or an Abbott, or connected to them, then the those characters are short lived or in the background.

Only reason SB/Dylan made it up front is because he was made a Newman via Nikki and siblings.

JUDY
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JUDY

AGREE 100%…THEY WASTED SOOOO MANY GOOD ACTORS!

Timmm
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Timmm

I liked Darnell. I like Tristan. They just dont know what to do with them. One is gone and the other shouldnt be far behind. GH could really use Tristan. Robert can retake his commissioners job and light a fire under Dumbte and Detective ABS and fire Valerie!

k/kay
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k/kay

He should have went over to b&b nhe would have made a great Stephanie Forrester recast!

Regina Kilgore
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Regina Kilgore

Hehehehehehehe

Regina Kilgore
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Regina Kilgore

I think it’s pretty sneaky of Pratt and Phelps to pull in another one of their “old” friends into the show. I suspect he will have a lot of scenes, we’ll see if they are good or not, and take up a bunch of air dragging this stupid storyline out some more.

Rapids
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Rapids

I’m anxious to see how he looks after four years. I worried about his health based on his appearance the last years of AMC.
I’m glad he bypassed the stupid prospect park revival, he was smart not to bother and probably knew it would fail. Prospect park had no money.

Thomas Jenkins
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Thomas Jenkins

It is understandable that Michael couldn’t keep running back and forth from the West coast to the East coast because the show was picked up in Connecticut for that “not so great” re-boot by Prospect Park. They ended the show leading us to believe that Michael would come back as Tad Martin. I really thought Prospect Park handled the whole thing in a dreadful, disrespectful way towards both fans and actors involved. Some days, I still cling to the thought that someone will bring the characters of Pine Valley back to life, but as months go by, I realize there’s… Read more »

EDNA BAREFOOT
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EDNA BAREFOOT

HI MICHAEL, MICHAEL KNIGHT CAN PLAY ANY PART & MAKW IT RIGHT. HE CAN BE FUNNY & SERIOUS TOGETHER. M. KNIGHT IS A WONDERFUL ACTOR. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT GIRL HE GOES AFTER. THANKS FOR THE ARTICLE MICHAEL–LATER

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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