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REPORT: All My Children's Mike Minor, Ex-Brandon Kingsley, Dead At Age 75

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An item over the weekend from Programming Insider indicates more sad news for All My Children fans, and those of the romances of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).   This past week on January 25th, Mike Minor, who played Brandon Kingsley on the iconic Agnes Nixon series reportedly passed away from cancer.  Minor was 75 years old.

Soap fans will recall that Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), who was down on her luck at the time met, a charming and handsome CEO of the Sensuelle Cosmetics company, Brandon Kingsley.  The new man in her life eyed to have Erica become the spokesmodel for the company.

At the time Erica was married to Tom Cudahy (Richard Shoberg), but her ambitions got in the way and they divorced.  Leaving Pine Valley behind, she started a whirldwind romance with Brandon as she rose to the top of the modeling world.  But eventually Erica’s affair with Kent Bogard, and Brandon’s betrayal that he already had a family and two kids crashed their love story.  Minor appeared on the show from 1980-1982.

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Mike Minor’s most memorable role was that of Steve Eliot on Petticoat Junction for over four seasons. While on the series he met and married his co-star, Linda Kaye Henning. The couple was together for five years from 1968 -1973.  Minor was also known for his singing voice.

When Petticoat Junction left the air in 1970, Mike began to work in daytime soaps appearing on The Edge of Night, As The World Turns,  Another World, and  All My Children.  His final TV acting appearance was on a 1993 episode of L.A. Law. 

Share your condolences for Mike’s loved ones below.  Do you remember Brandon and Erica’s love story on All My Children?  Post your thoughts below.

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Melissa
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Melissa

Remember him so well from Petticoat Junction. So sad to hear he’s gone.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yeah..me too..he was the guy who landed there in his airplane…i did watch him on AMC…two of Ericas leading men gone so closely together…so sad.

Penny
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Penny

Yes – I’m sad, too!

Timmm
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Timmm

How cool was it that he married the women on the show in real life that he was courting at the Junction! Rest Mike.

Cindy
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Cindy

Well, for five years, anyhow.

S. Davis
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S. Davis

I remember him years ago on Petticoat Junction. He married the youngest girl on the show and in real life.
I didn’t realize he was 75. RIP Mike.

Mark Page
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Mark Page

I definitely remember him on ALL My Children as Brandon. He was married to Sarah and had a daughter named Pam. Wow. Sad to hear of this news.

Shay
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Shay

Checked into that “Shady Rest in the Sky” to meet up with Uncle Joe, Kate and Billie Jo Bradley. Oh, and Mr. Drucker, too!

Debbie Danner
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Debbie Danner

I am so sorry to hear that mike minor has passed away i used to see him on petticoat junction and all my children. My condolances go out to his family. Debbie Danner

james r
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james r

Rest in peace. Loved Petticoat Junction.

Anna Reeve
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Anna Reeve

To Brandon’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. Seems just like yesterday I was watching him on All My Children. Brandon will continue to be loved and missed by many. R.I.P. Brandon

xaraxara
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xaraxara

My condolences to Mike Minor’s family, he was a talented actor with a terrific, distinctive voice. I recently watched a few episodes of Petticoat Junction, such a great old show! I especially love the episodes where the train is decorated for Christmas – I still remember seeing it for the first time as a young child. Brandon Kingsley was among my favorites of Erica’s husbands on All My Children. I still miss All My Children and One Life to Live.

Nicky
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Nicky

Pissed that Erica couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge his passing.

Cherry Houck
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Cherry Houck

Hello,
My heart is broken to hear of Mike Minor’s passing. I grew up watching Petticoat Junction.
I was so young watching when Steve and Betty Jo got married.
I was ecstatic when they got married in real life. He was so handsome and charming. He will
never be forgotten. I wish I had gotten an autographed picture. May God bless his family
at this time of bereavement.
Thank you!
Cherry Houck

Lee Godart
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Lee Godart

RIP Mike, and my condolences to your family–I remember many a late night carousing in Manhattan in the Eighties—good times— thanks for the laughs!—Lee Godart (Kent Bogard, AMC)

Peggy
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Peggy

Brandon Kingsley and Kent Bogard on the loose in Manhattan in the 80’s- I can imagine and wish I were there! Loved you and Mike on AMC and hope you are well and no longer seeing Connie Wilks/Silver Kane! xox

Heidi
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Heidi

My condolences to the family. I smile when I watch re-runs of Petticoat Junction nowadays, as he was my big crush as a child – the choice of husband for my Barbie Doll when playing as a little girl! What great memories, and what an impact someone you never knew can make on your life. I’ll always remember him fondly, and imagine so many other folks my age do, as well. God bless those who miss him.

Jana Lynn Solis
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Jana Lynn Solis

Not sure why I even found myself on this news post, particularly all these years later. But even so, I would like to post my profound condolences to the family of this very talented man. I had no idea he had passed. On top of being a huge Petticoat Junction fan (because my Mom was), I loved his singing voice and his love story with Betty Jo! But to top it all off, many years later, I was a diehard fan of All My Children. So much so, that in 1983, I gave birth to my daughter Erica and in… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Hello Jana. I really enjoyed your post and reminiscing…I had a crush on Mike Minor on PJ way back….so many great folks have left us recently: John Karlen from DARK SHADOWS, Robert Conrad, stage actress Zoe Caldwell, the legendary Kirk Douglas. Do you watch any other DAYTIME shows? Some of the posters are great fun, as you can see. God bless your efforts in the cancer battle. I lost my uncle recently and am still dealing with the after-effects. It sounds like you’re a warrior, so keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing.

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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Tribute to Agnes Nixon Set Featuring: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams & Peter Bergman

Next week, circle Wednesday March 31st at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST for a very special celebration of the life and times of the legendary Agnes Nixon.

As soap fans know, Nixon was the creator of All My Children, Loving, One Life to Live, and as well wrote for several other soaps, and to honor her The Locher Room will be bringing you a special episode, hosted by former soap publicist, Alan Locher, featuring actors who were pivotal to those shows.

Look for Susan Lucci (Ex- Erica Kane, AMC), Erika Slezak (EX-Victoria Lord, OLTL), Peter Bergman (Ex-Cliff, AMC, now Jack, Y&R), Debbi Morgan (Ex Angie, AMC and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, AMC) to all take part, along with Agnes’ son, Bob Nixon, plus it has been noted that viewers will also hear from the iconic Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla Grubbs, AMC) who was one of All My Children’s biggest fans.

You can watch the livestream here.

Throughout her storied career Agnes won five Writers’ Guild of America Awards, five Daytime Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was inducted into Soap Opera Weekly’s Soap Opera Hall of Fame among other notable achievements.

So, will you be checking out this special tribute to the one and only Agnes Nixon? Comment below.

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‘Home & Family’ Canceled; Upcoming 9th Season to Be Its Last

In a turn of events, following the recent announcement that a retooled Home & Family was returning to production and will be back on the air three days a week beginning in April, comes word on Tuesday that the series has been canceled.

The upcoming ninth season will now be its last.  The Hallmark Channel morning show features former All My Children star, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) along with Debbie Matenopolos as co-hosts.

In a statement, a Hallmark Channel spokesperson shared:  “The 9th and current season of Home & Family will be the series’ last. For nearly a decade, the show has anchored our daytime lineup, featuring countless hours of cooking, lifestyle, DIY, health, entertaining, and decorating segments,” the spokesperson said. “We want to thank the heart and soul of the show, our incredibly talented cast and crew – led by co-hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison – for their creativity, hard work, and dedication. Our audience can look forward to more of the topical segments they know and love when the show returns on Monday, April 5, with a new one-hour, three-day-a-week format.

The final episode will air in the late summer on Wednesday, August 4th.

So, sad that the lifestyle show, Home & Family will conclude after this season? Comment below.

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