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Richard Hatch, All My Children’s Original Phillip Brent, Dead At 71

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Another member of the All My Children family has been passed away.  Fans learned the news of the death of the original Phillip Brent, played by Richard Hatch on Tuesday.  The actor died at age 71 from his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Although remembered first in Pine Valley, Hatch went on to primetime TV and feature film success, most notably in the sci-fi series Battlestar Galatica where he played Captain Apollo.

On AMC one of the first love stories was that of Phil and Tara (Karen Lyn Gorney) and the interloper and troublemaker Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). In story, Phil was eventually drafted into the war in Vietnam and left the canvas in 1971.

When Phil was recast it was Nicholas Benedict who assumed the role.  As for Hatch, after leaving the soaps, some of this other credits included: Cannon, Hawaii-Five-O,  The Waltons, and The Streets of San Francisco.

Reports note that Richard died at home on February 7th, with his son Paul right by his side.

Share your remembrances of Richard Hatch in the comment section below.



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R. I. P. RICHARD HATCH. WOW brings back memories of Jeff and Mary Kenicott. Great story great actor.

So saddened to hear this news. He was one of the main reasons my older sister started watching AMC in the early 70’s. She thought he was the Cutest thing ever! Being a good little sister I started watching with her and thus began my love of ABC soaps.
RIP Richard Hatch

We were just discussing this elsewhere…i seen rare footage of him as Phil but i best remember him from Battlestar Galactica…R.I.P…in an hour i’ll be attending the funeral of my late great aunt who passed away at the age of 89 just 9 days after my father passed away at the same age of 89…she was my late father’s aunt!!!

Jimh…you know the more I think about things, life can be wonderful, but also unpredictable and strange. For instance, how can some people smoke or drink more than a little bit for much of their lives and live to be 100. Go figure. So keep looking at the bright side of things and appreciate them them when they come. 🙂

I feel your pain Jimh been there like that too. No one can say the right words because there aren’t any. Just do your best to get through.

Loved Phil and Tara–and his mother!

MOTHER’S you mean. Ruth and Amy. That was a hot mess and cemented Erica and her blabbering mouth on the canvas.

Are you guys kidding? He is best known recently for Battlestar Galactica.

Terrible loss

Shocking had a seriously crush on Richard the real Phillip. R.I.P . Prayers to your family & friends.

Me too and oddly wonderful man I married in 1977 looks much like Richard! Lucky me.

I didn’t know him on AMC, but on Battlestar I was soooo in lust with him– a lot of my friends like Dirk’s character better but I was on team Apollo all the way– he was one I spend my hard earned teenage money to get his poster to put on my wall— my condolences to his family, friends and fans—

richard hatch , i remember that he replaced michael douglas in the streets of san franscisco . he played dean caldwell , a man the character claudia carrington had an affair with while married to steven carrington on dynasty . i remember he also was briefly on santa barbara . we are loosing so many fine people these days !

I loved his portrayal of Phil Brent. The next one was okay, but Richard, IMHO was a much better Phil. I loved Phil and Tara.
I also loved him on Streets of San Francisco. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Gone too soon.

I remember watching amc with my mom I remember Jeff and Mary and Ruth and phoebe lol. I loved ryans hope too

Blessings to Richard’s spirit and soul and all of his family and friends. He shared his talent beatifully through playing the role of Phil Brent. I miss those good old AMC days. The early days in particular were filled with wonderful storylines.

I loved him in both BSGs and saw him speak at a panel during a BSG exhibit at the Museum of Popular Culture a few years back. I remember him still having an abundance of energy and enthusiasm when it came to BSG unlike some of the other actors who participated in BSG 2 and their show was just ending. They were just sort of depressed. Ron Moore was there and had yet to start up his Outlander project and was down too but Richard was amazing.

He also had a brief run on Santa Barbara in ’90 as film director Stephen Slade. RIP.

I always like Richard,it is a terrible loss,May you rest in peace.

Sad news…beautiful actor.

Richard Hatch’s “Phillip Brent” was quite before my time, and I’ve never been into sci-fi, so my exposure to the actor was rather limited, but I do recall watching this very talented man in various primetime guest shots, and most especially, in an old tv bio-pic rerun about the late Jan Berry of “Jan and Dean” fame. Mr. Hatch was quite soulful and skillful in his portrayal of the early ’60’s popstar who had it all then nearly lost everything after a tragic car crash which robbed him of his charmed life, mobility, and to a great extent, singing career. Even though it has been many moons since I enjoyed that particular performance, it strongly remains ingrained in my memory due to the impressive, impassioned talents of Richard Hatch.

I was SO upset when after waiting for “Phillip” to return from the war…it was not even him.But then I was all of 18.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

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Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.


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