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Stephen Markle, One Life to Live’s Mel Hayes, Passes Away At Age 73

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In sad news for One Life to Live fans that Michael Fairman TV recently learned, the talented Stephen Markle, who played Mel Hayes, passed away late year.  Markle died at his home in Los Angeles on November 6, 2018, following complications of long-term Parkinson’s disease. He was 73-years-old.

Markle’s on-screen partnership with Robin Strasser (Dorian) was one-of-a-kind and these actors made Mel and Dorian one of the best duos on daytime.  In story, the character of Mel first came to Llanview in April 1997, and became close friends with Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak) then ultimately fell in love with and married Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser).  Dorian never forgave Viki for Mel’s death, after he took Viki’s seat on a flight that crashed in January 1999.  The character made a return to the show briefly in 2010.

Michael Fairman TV reached out to Robin Strasser to share her remembrances on working with Stephen. Robin expressed: “It’s hard for me to believe that Stephen Markle’s  passionate energy has past.  I can’t help smiling when I think about him, because all my memories of working with him are filled with dash, zip, and joy.  He LOVED acting, had so much respect for it!  He’d played Shakespeare & the Classics – he always came to work in the morning with enthusiasm – he’d speed walked to the set! I love how Dorian met Mel. He was in a bar- quite drunk-when Dorian walked past-Mel dizzily fell down knocking Dorian to the ground with him–end of scene. What a great “meet cute”:)  I’m blessed to have been his acting partner and friend.”

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A public memorial service will be held for Markle on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at First Christian Church of North Hollywood, California at 4390 Colfax Ave., at 1:30 p.m., followed by a private reception.

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A fan tribute page, for fans of Stephen Markle, has been created on Facebook and you can visit it here.

Now take a look at this scene from One Life to Live with Mel and Dorian’s below.  Then check out an entire playlist of OLTL scenes featuring Markle and Strasser here.

Share your thoughts and remembrances on Stephen Markle via the comment section below.

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I always thought that among Jill Farren Phelps’ (many) misdeeds when she was at the helm of One Life to Live, killing off Mel was the biggest and dumbest. Stephen Markle and Robin Strasser were magic together, and given that Mel and Dorian weren’t exactly perfectly matched, I thought there was tons of story for them. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

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OMG one of the greats. I LOVED Mel & Dorian. Parkinsons is an AWFUL disease. May he RIP. So sad. Prayers to Robin Strasser and his family.

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I am so very sorry to read this news. He was terrific in the role of Mel. I remember so many of the wonderful scenes between Dorian and Mel. I particularly loved the story that explored Dorian’s past and uncovered the emotional abuse she experienced in childhood. Both he and Robin Strasser did outstanding work during that storyline. I was so sorry when he left One Life to Live. I loved it the times Mel’s spirit popped up to guide Dorian.

Thank you Mr. Markle for sharing your wonderful talent with us. May you rest in peace.

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During the lead-off executive session, NBC Chairman Paul Teledgy opened up about the status of Days of our Lives with the network since no official announcement had been made on their end as to the renewal pick-up of the beloved daytime drama.

However, Teledgy revealed:  “We are in a middle of finding out very soon,” and then added, “Of course Days of Our Lives is going to carry on. We love it. Millions of Americans watch it every week. I know that will be good news for the fans.”

Teledgy also told Deadline after the executive session that negotiations are still ongoing and the series will stay on NBC, and will not be moving onto the upcoming Peacock streaming service said to bow very soon.

The chairman’s comments come nearly two months following DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday’s comments to the cast that the show had been renewed for its upcoming season.  That came on the heels that for cost-cutting measures, during the dark months, that the cast had been let- \out of their contracts.

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Now, it looks like there is no doubt there is more Salem to come! Buckle-up for more intriguing stories within the series innovative time jump in the coming months … and that the four networks soaps are all here to stay for now.

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Vaughan re-posted the Christmas photos of  the proposal to Angie, along with his sons and her kids, following the engagement where he expressed: “Well…that was FUN!!! 😜 Repost @angieharmon Marry, Marry Christmas!! ❤️🎄 #moderndaybradybunch #blessed #grateful #family #christmas2019 Wishing you all the most wonderful holiday from our family to yours!”

Greg was previously married to Dutch actress Touriya Haoud from 2006 to 2014.  They share three children sons; Jathan, Cavan and Landan  Harmon has three daughters: Emery, Avery and Finley.

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