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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”

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

Share your condolensces and remembrances of Anthony Abbabbo in the comment section below.

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Hansel
Hansel

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.

su0000
su0000

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.

Mary SF
Mary SF

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

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

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

Rodd
Rodd

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

Mo
Mo

What is his cause of death?

My condolences.

blake
blake

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.

mark
mark

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

Celia
Celia

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.

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

Celia
Celia

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

jaybird369
jaybird369

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.

Peace.

Jay Gates
Jay Gates

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

mark
mark

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.

Ces
Ces

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

Mary
Mary

I’m very sorry to hear this.

L
L

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.

Jen
Jen

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

Tracy Leatherwood
Tracy Leatherwood

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!!!

Rae Anne Tilden
Rae Anne Tilden

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

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