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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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davlestev1
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davlestev1

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

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

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

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

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!!!

Rose
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Rose

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. 🙂

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Loved Phil and Tara–and his mother!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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

Marko
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Marko

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

Marko
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Marko

Terrible loss

Margie Dalton
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Margie Dalton

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

Gina
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Gina

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

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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—

Nicholas
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Nicholas

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 !

Lin
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Lin

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.

mark
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mark

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

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

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.

JMER
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JMER

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.

PF
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PF

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

xmascarol
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xmascarol

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

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Sad news…beautiful actor.

Shay
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Shay

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.… Read more »

Koni
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Koni

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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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) 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.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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