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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
Melissa

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

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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
Penny

Yes – I’m sad, too!

Timmm
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
Cindy

Well, for five years, anyhow.

S. Davis
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
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
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
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
james r

Rest in peace. Loved Petticoat Junction.

Anna Reeve
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
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
Nicky

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

Cherry Houck
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
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
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
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.

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Justin Hartley, Judith Light, Finn Wittrock Score 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominations

This morning, nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  The kudofest will be held on January 13th on the CW airing at 7PMET/PT.

Leading the pack in the TV field was the final season of The Americans and limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations.

This Is Us as with the Golden Globes did not come up with a Drama Series nod, however at the Critics’ Choice Awards two if its stars:  Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley were nominated.

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For Hartley, the former Y&R star received an nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category,  While Ventimigilia, who plays Justin’s on-screen dad, is vying the Lead Actor Drama category.

Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner from One Life to Live, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television category for her performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

While yet, another former daytime, Finn Wittrock (Ex-All My Children) in the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television category also for “Versace”.

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To view the complete list in all motion picture and TV categories click here.

Now, let us know if you are happy to hear that Justin, Judith, and Finn received nominations for their work? Comment below!

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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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