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Soap Opera Producer and Director Wes Kenney Passes Away: DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Relates Sorrow & His Accomplishments

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Another one of soap opera greats behind the scenes has passed away.  Fans have learned of the passing of H. Wes Kenney, a seven time Daytime Emmy winner known best for his work on NBC’s Days of our Lives.  Throughout his career, Kenney would also work on The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, and The Doctors.

Kenney died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday of this week at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He was 89 years old.  Wes had related on the love of his job during an interview with the Archive of American Television: “I  love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows.  So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”

And one of those actors who Kenney worked with time and time again was the one and only Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) of Days of our Lives.

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On the news of his passing, Seaforth Hayes took to Twitter and shared these sentiments and her sorrow:  “Just heard the sad news that Days Producer/Director Wes Kenney went to his rest yesterday. Wes was SO important to DOOL and our lives! My relationship to Wes Kenney goes back to the mid-50s when he was in NYC directing a TV series called MY TRUE STORY. We did one together! Wes Kenney was an Emmy Award winner who directed hundreds of Days episodes in the 60s and 70s. He directed Doug’s first appearance. Wes Kenney was not only talented, he was an energetic, creative, loving man. He was one of the 16 people at our wedding; to us he’s an icon! Wes Kenney produced the first Doug/Julie wedding (in 1976); Al Rabin was the Director. Wes asked us to use our own wedding vows. Wes Kenney produced the wonderful DOOL Variety Show; Al Rabin directed, Ann Marcus was the Head Writer, Jack Bunch staged the numbers..”

Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Wes Kenney below and Susan Seaforth Hayes’ tweets honoring his memory and his importance below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Another sad loss from soaps golden area…condalances to his family…NOTE: Heather North was the first Sandy Horton, daughter of Tommy and Kitty Horton, grandaughter of Tom and Alice, on Days back in the 60s and was also the voice of Daphne in the scooby doo cartoon series for many years!!!

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My condolences to the family of Wes Kenney and to the Days of our lives family regarding the death of Wes. I am a long time fan of Days dating back to 1966. So many of the episodes I enjoyed during the 1960s and 1970s were because of Wes Kenney. So I guess at least part of his legacy are fans of Days who enjoyed the show during his time there and are still watching today.

Bart
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Bart

H. Wesley Kenney was also the staff director for the 1974-1975 fifth season of ALL IN THE FAMILY.

PatF
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PatF

He was absolutely fantastic on YR in the 80’s. Loved his vision.

Erick
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Erick

R.I.P. Wes Kenney. He was also GH’s Executive Producer from 1987-89, and interim head writer during the writers’ strike in 1988. During his tenure, classic stories and episodes included the Duke/Anna/Jerome story, the Ned/Monica affair, Robin held by Grant Putnam’s dog Satan, the Frisco/Felicia/Colton triangle (my favorite at the time), interracial couple Tom & Simone, the classic/infamous Dragon Bone adventure, and who can forget Sean and Tiffany’s wedding (youtube that one if you haven’t seen it!)?

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davlestev1

When you watch soaps properly there are ALWAYS writers and producers you followed even in the pre-VCR days. You missed another show to watch a person you loved switch to a show you never thought of watching…AND GOT HOOKED…R.I.P. WESKENNEY…you got BILLBELL with you now to talk over all the wonderful memories.

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Sandy Brower

Wes Kenney will surely be missed by all the people on all the soaps he worked on. He sounds like he was an amazing man. I will keep him and his family but especially him in my prayers.

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(WATCH) Day of Days 2022 Cast Interviews

Want to know what your favorites from Salem had to share and tease at the recent Days of Days 2022? Now, You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel has released their full set of interviews with the cast of Days of our Lives conducted during the fan fest event.

Just over a week ago, Day of Days was held for the first time since 2019, and returned in a new location – the Xbox Plaza in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live.  DAYS, which just celebrated its 57th anniversary, can now be seen in its new home exclusively streaming on Peacock.

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Make sure to check out all the conversations below featuring: Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) and Camila Banus (Gabi), Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Abigail Klein (Stephanie), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Billy Flynn (Chad), Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and Greg Vaughan (Eric), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Mary Beth Evans  (Kayla) and George DelHoyo (Orpheus), Drake Hogestyn (John), Paul Telfer (Xander) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Wally Kurth (Justin), Brandon Barash (Stefan) and Carson Boatman (Johnny), Thaao Penghlis (Tony) and Leann Hunley (Anna), Jackee Harry (Paulina) and James Reynolds (Abe), Brandon Beemer (Shawn) and Martha Madison (Belle), Galen Gering (Rafe) and Elia Cantu (Jada), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) and Kyle Lowder (Rex), Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) and Tina Huang (Melinda), and Victoria Grace (Wendy) and Remington Hoffman (Li).

 

After you checked out the videos, let us know which was your favorite chat in the comment section below … and for more upcoming celebrity features and video content make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

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DAYS Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes Pay Tribute to Robert Clary

Days of our Lives beloved Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie Williams), paid tribute to their longtime co-star and dear friend, Robert Clary (Ex-Robert LeClair, DAYS).

On Wednesday, Clary passed away at the age of 96.  On Days of our Lives, Bill Hayes and Robert Clary performed many times together as Doug and Robert when the soap opera had “Doug’s Place” as a nightclub venue for the characters to meet up and have story, while also taking in some music.

 

Bill and Susan shared their thoughts on Clary’s passing on their Instagram on Thursday; accompanied by some clips of performances by the characters of Doug and Robert.

The Hayes’ expressed: “Our Dear Robert Clary… Like a diamond, Robert was tough enough to survive this world and emerge brilliantly. He was so full of life… so saucy, so sassy, so superb at everything he tried. The energy and optimism that filled his 96 years was amazing to behold.  When he performed with pathos or joy, he always touched our hearts. He was an adoring husband, a firm friend, a trustworthy team player and, in crisis, deeply caring. In childhood, he had experienced humanity’s darkest days- then, as a man, filled the world with light.  His story in two words to remember: choose life. #RobertClary”

Share your remembrances of Bill and Robert performing on DAYS, and what you thought of the Hayes’ touching tribute via the comment section below.

 

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Robert Clary, DAYS, Y&R and ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ Favorite, Passes Away at 96

Very sad news to report.  Robert Clary, who became a soap opera fan favorite for his roles as Robert LeClair on Days of our Lives, and Pierre Roulland on The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 96.

Clary, best known to primetime fans for his role as  Cpl. Louis LeBeau, on the comedy series, Hogan Heroes, passed away on Wednesday according to his granddaughter, Kim Wright, who informed the Hollywood Reporter.  Robert was the last surviving member of the iconic cast.

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Throughout his daytime career, Clary always sang in his roles and is most remembered as Doug Williams (Bill Hayes) best friend, Robert LeClair.  The two would always perform at “Doug’s Place” in story.  Clary played the role from 1972–1973, 1975–1983, and again from 1986–1987.

During a break from DAYS, Robert went over to Y&R and created the role of Pierre Roulland when the CBS daytime drama first premiered from 1973-1974, and once again sang and acted on the show.  Later in his career, Clary appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful in the role of Pierre Jourdan from 1990-1992.

On Clary’s passing, Y&R shared: “The #YR Family sends our condolences to the family and loved ones of Robert Clary known to the Y&R audiences as “Pierre” on our debut episode!” 

B&B also honored Robert by posting: The Bell Family & @BandB_CBS re sad to learn of the passing of #RobertClary, who portrayed Pierre Jourdan on @BandB_CBS from 1990-1992. Robert was a talented actor, a kind and courageous man, and a friend to all who knew him.”

Four decades into his career, Robert, who was Jewish, came forward with the fact that was incarcerated for 31 months in an Auschwitz concentrate camp, and tattooed with the identification “A-5714” on his left forearm. He was the only one of his captured family to make it out alive.

Clary was married for 32 years to the late Natalie Cantor, the second daughter of Eddie Cantor. She passed away in 1997.

Share your remembrances of the exceptional Robert Clary via the comment section below. But first, watch Robert talking about working with Bill Hayes on Days of our Lives, and his appearance in Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award package at the Daytime Emmys (produced by Michael Fairman).

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