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Soap Vet Anthony Addabbo Dead At 56; Co-Stars Winsor Harmon, Kristoff St. John & Tracey E. Bregman Share Remembrances

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The soap world lost yet another colleague on Wednesday with the news of the passing of actor Anthony Addabbo at the age of 56.  Addabbo was a soap veteran who appeared on numerous daytime dramas and roles including: Generations (Jason), The Bold and the Beautiful (Rush), Guiding Light (Jim) and All My Children (Dimitri).

Winsor Harmon (Thorne) of The Bold and the Beautiful shared the news of Anthony’s passing relating via a facebook post: “Today we lost a damn good man a father and great actor .. We shared many glasses of Vino Rosso together brother.  I’ll never forget how excited you were to land B&B. By the way you still owe me that lobster dinner. I’ll collect next time I see ya.  We will miss you, my dear friend. RIP. I know you’re walking the streets of gold bringing joy to the angels as you did here on Earth. God bless you, man. Love and miss you, brother.”

Tracey E. Bregman posted on Instagram: “So saddened at the passing of my friend and coworker from @boldandbeautifulcbs #rush #turk Too soon #anthonyaddabbo Way too soon @winsor_harmon” 

Kristoff St. John shared via his Instagram:  “Anthony Addabbo was a wonderful man, friend, artist. I worked with him for 2 years on the NBC Generations. He was truly a professional, with a wild side that made you laugh. I remember doing a personal appearance with Tony and I just stood by watching all of the girls try to rip his clothes off. I was jealous until I realized I didn’t want to be naked in public. Tony was missing half of his T-shirt and hat. May you rest in heaven dear brother Tony. Save me a place. Love you.  Love U Brutha RIP”

Abbabbo is survived by his wife Elli Pattino, and their 17-year-old son, Brandon.

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I am very sorry to hear of the passing of this great actor and person. I remember him from the soap operas Generations and Guiding Light. Anthony Addabbo made a great contribution to daytime television and the world. He will be deeply missed. RIP Anthony Addabbo.

I have to mention;
I truly dislike the — RIP
to Rest In Peace means you will not move on that you are done, sleep well .

I wish him a peaceful journey ..

((too young to leave us.

Although death is the inevitable conclusion to all life, it is still so sad to hear of someone so young passing on at such a young age. To all his friends and family who might see this my deepest condolences, no words can prepare you to cope with the grief losing a loved one inflicts– it will be a journey with many valleys and few peaks, but if one embraces the sorrow as part of the love one felt for the one who is gone, it is easier than battling against it— RIP Anthony

Too young…and thats my age…condolences to the family!!!

That’s terribly sad news. I always enjoyed watching him, especially as “Jim” on GL. Condolences to his loved ones.

What is his cause of death?

My condolences.

Oh man how sad! Lately I have been watching his scenes from Guiding Light when he and Beth were together. It was when jim, Beth, Phillip, Harley, cassie and Richard were in San Cristobel and Beth and Phillip were in the crashed plane and Jim went for help.

I always thought Anthony Addabbo was very good looking and hot! I didn’t know he was on these other soaps.

That was a great time on GL when he was on wasn’t it? I miss gl!!!!!

I am not familiar with this actor, but, is he related to Nick Stabile? What a striking resemblance!
Condolences and well-wishes to his family.

Oh yes, Celia, he was very good on GL back in the heyday. His character Jim was a genuinely nice guy that I wish the Beth character would have permanently dumped Philip for. He was strikingly handsome and it’s nice to read that he was a good guy in real life as well. It’s so sad when stars pass away, I hope they know a little of how much joy and entertainment they’ve given us over the years.

What a presence this guy has….must have had. Sad. He is now with God for his eternal sleep.

Soaphound…oh, I agree. Oh…and, after a while, I got tired of (and even more bored with) Phillip and Beth (couple-wise). Also, when the character of Jim Lemay came onto the GL canvas (and eventually hooked-up with Beth), I liked the character right away. To me, Jim was down-to-earth, heroic, manly, sensitive and (in general) A REAL MAN!!!!! Unlike Phillip…who was nothing but arrogant, cocky, jerky, immature AND EVEN MORE SELF-CENTERED!!!!! Oh…and Jim was THE BEST THING that ever happened to Beth…UNLIKE Phillip!!!!! Then, one day, TPTB at GL acted like STUPID CLOWNS by cruelly and heartlessly killing Jim in that stupid fire!!!!! BEYOND DUMB AS HELL!!!!! DUMB PERIOD!!!!!

Have a good one, Soaphound.


My heart breaks as 2016 has claimed another great talent. Tony was a great actor, a great artist and a great friend. We shared some wonderful times. He always put his family before his career and himself and I will always admire his heart. Rest in peace Tone Loc

He was so good on guiding light I wish he had stayed till the bitter end I wouldn’t have minded watching that mess as much.

I’m so sorry to hear Anthony has passed away. What a handsome & talented man. Gone too soon.

I’m very sorry to hear this.

Anthony Addabbo will be missed. Guiding Light and All my Children should have had him on long term contracts. A true gentleman in every role he played and handsome. Guiding Light made a mistake losing him in a fire. It doesn’t make sense why the show is gone. Good bye Anthony.

All my love and prayers. You will be missed. Tony was a kind hearted as he was handsome.

Wow! I knew Tony well and hung out with him a great deal @ VT! He looked me up just last year on Facebook and sent me a picture of us in my dorm room. Tony was soooo funny and smart and full of life! As his friend Winsor said, all . . . ALL of the most beautiful women at Va Tech were infatuated with him! I’ve told stories about him all day and am deeply saddened! His family are in my prayers and Tony will ALWAYS hold a very special place in my heart!!!

I was sad to hear of Anthony’s passing. I remember him from Y&R. Rest in peace

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Billy Miller Memorial Scholarship Endowment Created at His Alma Mater to Help Others ‘Realize Their Dreams’

Two months since three-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Billy Miller passed away, the beloved All My Children (ex-Richie), General Hospital (ex-Jason/Drew) and The Young and the Restless (ex-Billy) star, will now have a permanent scholarship endowment in his honor at the University of Texas at Austin which was Miller’s alma mater.

Through the scholarship, it will be able to help radio/television and film undergraduate students with financial need. Billy’s family and friends have established this permanent scholarship in his memory, naming it the William Jon Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship. They hope the endowment will be a legacy to his life and love of acting.

Before becoming soap-famous, Billy graduated from the the university’s department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) at the Moody College of Communication. On its official website, they shared the news of this special memorial scholarship and how Miller died at the age of 43 after surrendering his life to bipolar depression, which he struggled with his whole life.

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Megan Hubbell, Billy’s sister, expressed, “We want something positive to be held in his name in perpetuity through the University he loved. He would be honored to know that even in death, he can help someone else realize their dreams.”

She added how she hoped her immensely talented brother will be remembered: “I hope BJ (as Billy was known by to his friends and family) is remembered for the kind-hearted, silly, funny, goofy, generous, beautiful soul that he was His megawatt smile, deep belly laugh and gorgeous mug were gifts on screen, but his true self was a bright light that will be carried with us forever.”

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According to Miller’s family, Billy had his picks of schools and UT was his first choice. When he first came to the university, Billy started in the zoology program before switching to radio-television-film, where he felt he belonged. Miller was one of just 20 students at the time accepted into the department’s prestigious production-sequence program.

“BJ was extremely proud to be a Texas Longhorn and always remembered his time there fondly,” Hubbell said. “The time he spent at UT allowed him the space to explore who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish.”

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In honoring her brother’s work and strength to persevere in the often heartbreaking world of entertainment, Megan related: “I always admired the guts it took to go after a dream in Hollywood that so many people tried to discourage. He heard, ‘You’ll never make it’ more times than I care to count, but he used those comments as fuel and said, ‘Watch me.’”

Miller’s roles went far beyond those on daytime soap operas, as throughout his career he played major parts in primetime’s Suits, Ray Donovan and Castle to name but a few.

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In his death, Billy’s family is encouraging people to take stock of their own mental health. “BJ would want anyone struggling with intrusive thoughts to seek professional help,” Hubbell said. “Do not suffer in silence or try to muscle through on your own. Mental health is vitally important and shouldn’t be spoken about in silos behind closed doors but rather in open forums with open arms. Shame has no place in the discussion to seek help.”

To donate to the William John Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship click here.

Share your thoughts on Billy’s family and friends, along with his alma mater, setting up this memorial scholarship endowment to help other talented young people in financial need get a shot at realizing their dreams via the comment section below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Touchdown in Ratings with Taylor Swift-Inspired ‘Halloween: The Eras Show’ Delivering Largest Audience In Over A Year

More great numbers for Live with Kelly and Mark. The talk shows Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show scored an impressive 2.9M total viewers on October 31, making it the most-watched Halloween episode in four years, according to the Nielsen ratings.

The episode also delivered some of the highest ratings in seven months for the morning show, particularly among women 18-49 and 25-54. Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show also pulled in a 1.92 household rating, as well as a 0.47 among women in the key 18 to 49 demo and a 0.69 among women 25 to 54. Those are up over the last two years of Halloween episodes and since Consuelos first started in the co-host chair back in April.

According to Deadline, Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show, also pulled in the largest audience numbers for a single episode in more than a year and half.

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As is tradition with “Live’s Halloween” episodes, they are always filled with costume and pop culture moments and special guest surprises. Ripa and Consuelos were right in step with the biggest social media love story at the moment; that of Swift and her burgeoning romance with Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce.

During Halloween week which started on Monday, October 30, Live was up up 11% versus the week prior in total viewers, and averaged 2.6 million viewers throughout the week.  Year-over-year, the talk show was up that week by 15% in terms of total viewers.  It looks like the former All My Children’s alum on-screen chemistry is just as palpable as it off-screen; as the two marrieds are making quite a successful run together on morning television.

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So, what do you think of the impressive numbers for the Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on ‘Live’? Did you enjoy their recent Halloween episode? Share your comments below.

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‘All My Children’ Star Peter White Dead at 86

Peter White, best known to soap fans as All My Children’s Linc Tyler, passed away this week at the age of 86. The cause of death was revealed to be melanoma.

The late actor’s former AMC co-star Kathleen Noone (ex-Ellen Shepherd Dalton) confirmed the news to multiple outlets sharing that White died in his home in Los Angeles of melanoma on Wednesday, November 1st. His death was first reported by Soap Hub.

White’s first soap opera role was actually on The Secret Storm in 1965-66. Then in 1971, he joined CBS’ Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, where he took on the role of Dr. Sanford Hiller. However, he became soap-famous for his role as Linc on All My Children which he began in 1976 and it would be a role he would play on and off till 2005.

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In story, Linc was in love with Kitty Cole and later her sister Kelly (both played by Francesca James), despite his mother Phoebe’s constant interference and disapproval.

Peter later appeared in numerous primetime shows including: The Colbys, Knots Landing, Dallas, Sisters, Hill Street BluesThe JeffersonsThe Paper ChaseThe West WingStar Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sisters, and more.  His film roles included: Dave, Flubber, Armageddon, Thirteen Days and First Daughter.  

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However, White jumpstarted his entire acting career in 1968 with the starring role as Alan McCarthy in Matt Crowley’s original Off-Broadway production of The Boys in the Band.  Later, the drama was made into a landmark 1970 film, White and his original co-stars were all featured in it.

Share your condolences and remembrances of All My Children’s Peter White via the comment section below. But first, check out this clip when Linc was trying to help Kelly after the murder of Eddie Dorrance.

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