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Mitchell Ryan, Dark Shadows and General Hospital Soap Vet, Dead at 88

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Another soap veteran has passed away.  News on Friday has that Mitchell Ryan, who was the second Frank Smith on General Hospital (1993-1994), and most-known to soap fans for his role as Burke Devlin on the cult classic Dark Shadows, has died.

The news of his passing came from his former Dark Shadows co-star, Kathryn Leigh Scott (Ex-Maggie Evans), who took to Facebook to announce Ryan’s death. Kathryn shared: “My sweet, beloved friend Mitch died early this morning. He was a great gift in my life. I cherish my warm memories of his beautiful soul. I’m heartbroken.”

Mitchell was 88-years-old, and no cause of death was given at this time.

In addition to GH and Dark Shadows, Ryan also played the role of Anthony Tonell on Santa Barbara and appeared on the nighttime soap, Dallas.

Ryan’s other primetime credits included: Dharma & Greg, The West Wing, Wings, and Murder, She Wrote, to name just a few.

Now below check out Mitchell Ryan in scenes with Genie Francis (Laura) from General Hospital and Kathryn Leigh Scott’s post.

Then, share your remembrances and condolences for the life of Mitchell Ryan in the comment section.

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Oddly enough, I thought he had passed away years ago, hence ReRon’s excuse for that ridiculous Frank Smith recast in that horrible “exit” storyline he wrote for Luke Spencer… where the fake “Frank” was the same age as Luke himself.

I actually liked Mitchell Ryan’s version of Frank Smith, because after Punky Brewster & the Police Academy movies, it would be hard to imagine George Gaynes as “evil” again.

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He was a great actor. Rest in Peace.

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Wasn’t he also Alex Hunter, Jeremy’s father, on All My Children?

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I am very sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed him in so many roles over the years. With his booming voice and commanding presence, he was always a force to be reckoned with. I remember his Frank Smith very well. May he rest in peace.

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I always liked him in any role he played. He was a good actor and easy on the eyes. He’s one of the classics. RIP.
When I saw the news elsewhere online, I hoped you would cover it and I’m glad to see you did. I wanted to make any comment I had about him here on this forum. Thanks for all you do Michael.

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I just saw the scenes of Mitch Ryan w/ Genie Francis and sad to hear about his passing but what stood out to me was how powerful and charismatic Genie was/is. She was so powerful in that scene w/him. I can’t believe Genie has been overlooked for so many years as a top notch Emmy leading lady. I know she won the supporting actress years later, but wow she’s such a powerhouse who has been overshadowed by Anthony Geary and all his Emmy wins. Genie should have as many wins as him or any of the other Actress that have… Read more »

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Llanviewer717

Very well said. Genie Francis is a powerhouse performer who deserves much more recognition than she has received.

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I did not see him in the mentioned soap roles, but saw him in so many other roles. He was one of those actors who continually popped up on many different shows. I really liked him – a talented and versatile actor.

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Sending my sincere condolences to his family and GH crew.

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(WATCH) 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Winners Interviews: Reactions and Heartfelt Moments

Last Friday night at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Michael Fairman was in the Winner’s Walk and had the opportunity to get real time reactions and thoughts as the night’s big winners chatted for a few minutes following their Emmy victories.  All of the winners, as well as the red carpet interviews will be posted all through this week on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Talking with Michael, immediately following taking home the gold, were General Hospital winners including: Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series winner, Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer Cassadine), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt Westbourne), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner, Jeff Kober (Cyrus Renault), Outstanding Drama Series winner (Executive Producer, Frank Valentini) and Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series winners, Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier.

Sharing in her historic Emmy-winning moment was The Young and the Restless’ Outstanding Lead Actress winner Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair), as well as Outstanding Lead Actor winner The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook (Eric Forrester).

Days of our Lives head scribe, Ron Carlivati and writer, Ryan Quan also talked with Fairman on their win for the Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series, as did talk show host, Tamron Hall, who took home gold for the Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.

While Kelly Clarkson was not present to pick up her awards, her series executive producers, Alex Duda and Kareen Gunning spoke on winning Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show, while the cast and producers of The Price is Right stopped by to celebrate the game shows 50th anniversary milestone.

You can check out several of our 49th Annual Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.

Let us know what were your some of your favorite moments from our Emmy victory chats via the comment section.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Chapter Two Trailer Unveiled

On Tuesday, Peacock has released the first look trailer for the highly-anticipated, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two streaming series that will drop on July 11th.

In the upcoming five episode event through July 15th, look for the returns of fan favorites: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Eileen Davidson (Kristen), Christopher Sean (Paul) plus Steve Burton making a DAYS return in his first-ever soap role as Harris Michaels.

In story, an action-packed tale that spans the entire globe, from Monte Carlo to Hong Kong, beloved characters from Days of our Lives once again go “Beyond Salem!” as they trade the comforts of home for an adventure of a lifetime! Supercouple Steve and Kayla make a surprise visit to their children in Seattle, while private eye John Black travels to San Francisco to see his son, Paul. Meanwhile, new parents Ben and Ciara drop anchor in Montreal – where they are greeted by a much-missed Hope! Over the course of five thrilling episodes, heartwarming family reunions take a dangerous turn as a mysterious adversary wreaks havoc on their lives.

The next chapter of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is story full of larger-than-life romance, jaw-dropping twists, and high-stakes drama – and it all connects back to a plot that long-time fans of Days of our Lives will surely remember.

The cast also includes: Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena EvansDrake Hogestyn as John Black, Stephen Nichols as Steve “Patch” Johnson, Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady Johnson, Lucas Adams as Tripp Johnson, Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady,Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Loretta Devine as Angela, Vince Van Patten as Phil Hellworth, Tanner Stine as Joey Johnson, Abigail Klein as Stephanie Johnson, Colton Little as Andrew Donovan, Victoria Grace as Wendy Shin, and Remington Hoffman as Li Shin.

Watch the trailer below, then let us know if you are exciting to see the upcoming streaming series via the comment section.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Photos: JPI

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