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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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Chrishell Stause and Her ‘Selling Sunset’ Boss Jason Oppenheim Make Relationship Instagram Official

There’s a new man in soap veteran and Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause’s life.  And it is … none other than her boss at the Oppenheim Group, a real estate company, in Los Angeles which is at the epicenter of the Netflix reality series.

Stause who is also a real estate agent at the firm, made her relationship with Jason Oppenheim Instagram official when she posted a pic of the two of them while the cast of Selling Sunset were in Italy.

Oppenheim told PEOPLE: “Chrishell and I became close friends and it has developed into an amazing relationship. I care about her deeply and we are very happy together.”

Previously Stause was married to This is Us star, Justin Hartley and following their divorce, was briefly dating Dancing with the Stars pro dancer, Keo Motsepe.

So, what do you think of the love connection between Chrishell and Jason? Comment below.

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Kelly Ripa’s First Book On the Way in 2022

Former All My Children star, now co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan and a successful executive producer in her own right, Kelly Ripa, will add writer to her list of credits.

New this week is that Ripa is sharing a look at her real-life in a book, that will be released next spring in April of 2022.

According to the intel, the book entitled Live Wire will feature sharp, funny, and honest collection of real-life stories from Ripa, showing the many dimensions and crackling wit of the beloved daytime talk show host.

As soap fans know, Ripa has been married to Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) and the two share three children together.

The loglines for the release share: “In Live Wire, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. As a professional, as a wife, as a daughter and as a mother, she brings a hard-earned wisdom and an eye for the absurdity of life to every minute of every day. It is her relatability in all of these roles that has earned her fans worldwide and millions of followers on social media. Whether recounting how she and Mark really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.
Surprising, at times savage, a little shameless and always with humor… Live Wire shows Kelly as she really is offscreen—a very wise woman who has something to say.”

So intrigued to read Kelly’s book when it is released next year? Comment below.

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All My Children Stars and Eileen Davidson On New Episode of Virtual Game Show “Soap Opera Know-It-All”

Imagine being in the hot seat and having some of your soap opera favorites trying to stump you with trivia, while trying to best your competition.  Well, that’s what four contestants faced as they battled it out in the ultimate soap trivia game, Soap Opera Know-It-All.

The Michael Fairman Channel just released its fifth episode of its season, where in round one of the game play, stars from the beloved All My Children served up the questions including: Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie), Jill Larson (Ex-Opal), Lindsay Korman-Hartley (Ex-Cara), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David) and Jacob Young (Ex-Y&R).  In addition, the former cast members from Pine Valley also try to stump viewers at home with some additional character-related questions.

Later in the episode, there is a very special appearance by Eileen Davidson (Y&R, Ex-Days, Santa Barbara and B&B).  It is Eileen who reveals and asks the final question of the game to determine the eventual winner.

For this edition, host Michael Fairman welcomed longtime soap fans: Michael Cochran, Sean McKinley, and Robert Davis along with returning champion, David Bursky for this soap deep-dive competition.

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Trivia questions from the following daytime and primetime soaps were put to the players during the game: All My Children, As the World Turns, Dark Shadows, General Hospital, Knots Landing, Sunset Beach, Days of our Lives, Dynasty, Edge of Night, One Life to Live, Port Charles and The Young and the Restless.

As the series moves through its now back-half of the season, the winning contestant must defeat the competition for the right to move on to the next episode to face three more challengers all in pursuit of the “Know-It-All” title with special soap-related prizes along the way.

Watch the episode below and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more interviews, music and more.

Now let us know, did you get most of the answers correct? Which question stumped you all the way? Comment below.

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