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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 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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