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Ray MacDonnell, All My Children’s Beloved Dr. Joe Martin, Passes Away at 93

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Heartbreaking news to share this Monday. Michael Fairman TV has learned that All My Children mainstay, Ray MacDonnell (Dr. Joe Martin) passed away on June 10th of natural causes. He was 93-years-old (born in 1928), and died at his home in Chappaqua, New York.

Ray was an original cast member of All My Children when the show made its ABC debut back in 1970.  He stayed with the series for more than 40 years and retired from the soap when it moved its production from New York to Los Angeles. He returned to the show in 2011 for a few appearances with is on-screen wife, then played by Lee Meriwether, and then for the final episode on ABC.  Later in 2013, he made appearances on Prospect Park’s online reboot of the series.

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MacDonnell’s daughter, Sarah MacDonnell, shared with Michael Fairman TV that there will be a private memorial with close relatives and family. Ray is survived by his three children, Kyle, Daniel, and Sarah, and his wife, Patricia.

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The actor received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys back in 2004.  MacDonnell was beloved his co-stars and fans of All My Children.

Throughout his enduring stage and film and TV career, Ray appeared in the role of  Philip Capice for eight years on The Edge of Night and also starred on Broadway in Mame with both Angela Lansbury and Ann Miller.

We will continue to update this story.

Please share your condolences and remembrances of Ray MacDonell in the comment section below.

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Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

My condolences to the MacDonnell family. Ray was a wonderful actor and I enjoyed him on AMC, but my favorite was Phil Caprice on Edge Of Night.

Gregg Simmons
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Gregg Simmons

Ray was a total professional and a kind gentleman. The time that I spent on All My Children was special. Ray, Susan, Eileen, Jill, David, Ruthie, Jimmy, Lee, and so many more made it memorable. Even as tough as it could be, I look back on those years with much fondness.

Lin Herz
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Lin Herz

I’m so deeply sorry. I loved him on AMC. May your happy memories sustain you.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I always loved Dr. Joe so very much. 93 years is remarkable longevity for a remarkable man. A very hearty thank you to Mr. MacDonnell for sharing his wonderful talent with all of us. Rest in peace.

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

I have so many wondeful memories of Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin on All My Children. I was a child when I first started watching AMC – Joe and Ruth were the stable steady couple on the show. He radiated a kindness and professionalism always. His chemistry with Mary Fickett and Kay Campbell in particular standout for me. R.I.P. Dr Joe…

Christina
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Christina

I am very, very sad right now. Only the death of David Canary hit me harder. RIP, sir. You will be missed.

D
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D

omg keep it to yourself

Steve
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Steve

If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all…

Perhaps Christina watched AMC for 40 years and it was one of her only times “to escape” during her day.

Let’s not criticize other posters – keep the criticism where it belongs (on the soap writers, lol)

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Christina
I think I understand dear so don’t let the critics get to you. I remember when my husband died and thinking only my dog getting run over hit me harder.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Christina, et al
I was trying to be funny here, not serious, although I did understand what Christina was trying to say, which to me was she preferred one actor to the other, which I don’t think warranted the comments.

Leslye Allen
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Leslye Allen

My condolences to the family and friends of Ray MacDonnell. He was part of what every soap used to have -tent pole couple that was who everbody went to for advice. RIP.

Alesha Lane
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Alesha Lane

First Mr MacDonnell, now Mr Damon, what a month. RIP gentle man, you have earned it.

Sherry Willis
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Sherry Willis

My condolences to his family and friends! I loved him too! I always liked the way he was with the character who played his Mom! Ray McDonnell Rest In Peace, your job was well done!

Christine Woodrow-Garcia
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Christine Woodrow-Garcia

My heart goes out to the family for their loss. Ray was a great actor and I have many fond memories of watching the show for most of my life. RIP ❤️

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All My Children and ‘The Bay’ Star Eric Nelsen in the Cast of ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1883’

On Thursday, the full cast was announced for the highly-anticipated Yellowstone prequel that will bow on Paramount+ beginning on December 19th.

The Taylor Sheridan drama tells the tale of the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land — Montana.

According to Deadline, in the cast is none other than The Bay’s Daytime Emmy-winner, Eric Nelsen (Daniel Garrett), who was also part of the cast of Prospect Park’s reboot of All My Children as AJ Chandler.

In 1883, look for Nelsen to take on the role of Ennis, a young, handsome cowboy who agrees to help escort a group of inexperienced men, women and children north to find a home.

The series also stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Faith Hill, Gratiela Brancusi, Sam Elliott, Stephanie Nur, and Tim McGraw to name but a few.

So, will you be checking out Eric in 1883? Comment below.

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Prospect Park’s All My Children and One Life to Live Episodes Now Available on Apple TV

The online revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live which lasted one season in 2013 from Prospect Park’s Online Network are back!

Fans can now check out the reboots exclusively on Apple TV where all the episodes of the one and only season in its entirety.

The relaunched AMC and OLTL originally premiered on April 29, 2013, plagued with multiple issues with unions and a lawsuit with ABC, production was halted in September of that year.  

ABC now has the rights to both series and recently there has been hopes of an AMC primetime series in the works, “Pine Valley” getting a green light, but not much is known of its progress of late.

You can watch One Life to Live on Apple TV here, and check out episodes of All My Children on Apple TV here.

So, will you watch the reboot episodes of OLTL and AMC on Apple TV? Do you hope that somehow, someway the two soaps will come back on a streaming platform with brand new episodes from ABC? Comment below.

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Mark Consuelos Exits ‘Riverdale’

Last night, All My Children alum, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo Santos) made what appears to be his final appearance for now on CW’s soapy drama, Riverdale.

Consuelos departed Riverdale as a series regular on the season 5 finale, after coming on to the show in its second season in the role of villain, Hiram Lodge.

Riverdale executive producer and showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, shared with Deadline a statement on Consuelos contribution and run on the series: “From the moment Mark joined us, he was up for literally anything, a hundred percent committed to making Archie’s life a living hell. And what’s funny is, Mark couldn’t be more different from Hiram. A classy pro and the sweetest guy, always looking out for everyone. We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.

Consuelos offered up these sentiments in a statement on his Riverdale exit: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity. Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good. Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast, whom I consider dear friends and family.”

So, will you miss seeing Mark on Riverdale? Elsewhere, still no word on the “Pine Valley” reboot in which Mark and wife, Kelly Ripa, are two of the executive producers of that many All My Children fans were hoping would come to fruition. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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