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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Remembering 20 Groovy Guys on World AIDS Day

In honor of World AIDS Day, DEEP DISH remembers 20 talented men who left us much too soon.

Christopher Bernau, who died on June 14, 1989, at age 49, played Philip Todd on the ABC daytime soap opera, Dark Shadows (1969-70), and the original Alan Spaulding on the CBS daytime soap opera, Guiding Light (1977-88). In 1969, he starred in the Off-Broadway production of The Boys in the Band, and he was Christopher Walken's understudy in the 1975-76 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth.

Bill Beyers, who died on May 29, 1992, at age 37, played Wally McCandless on the 1982-87 CBS daytime soap opera, Capitol. Other credits include the NBC sitcom, Joe & Valerie (1978) and the 1985 film, Tuff Turf. He also appeared on the CBS game shows, Tattletales (1983) and Body Language (1985).

Stephen W. Burns, who died on February 22, 1990, at age 35, starred in the 1980 Disney film, Herbie Goes Bananas, the 1981 second season of the ABC drama, 240-Robert, the 1983 ABC miniseries, The Thorn Birds, and the 1986 sports drama, Spiker.

Merritt Butrick, who died on March 17, 1989, at age 29, starred in the 1982-83 CBS sitcom, Square Pegs, and he played Captain Kirk's son in the films, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). Other film credits include Zapped! (1982), Head Office (1985), Shy People (1987) and Fright Night Part 2 (1988).

Joel Crothers, who died on November 6, 1985, at age 44, received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his role as Dr. Miles Cavanaugh on the ABC soap opera, The Edge of Night (1977-84). He also appeared in four other daytime soap operas - ABC's Dark Shadows (1966-69), CBS's The Secret Storm (1969-71), NBC's Somerset (1972-76) and NBC's Santa Barbara (1985). In 1966, Crothers starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (opposite Joan Van Ark), and he played Harvey Fierstein's bisexual lover in the 1982 off-Broadway play, Torch Song Trilogy.

Casey Donovan (aka Calvin Culver), who died on August 10, 1987, at age 43, was a gay porn star who appeared in many films, including Casey (1971), Boys in the Sand (1971), The Back Row (1973), Score (1974), Moving! (1974), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976), The Other Side of Aspen (1978), L.A. Tool & Die (1979) and Boys in the Sand II (1984). He also appeared on Broadway in Captain Brassbound's Conversion (1972) with Ingrid Bergman, The Merchant of Venice (1973), Tubstrip (1974) and the 1983 revival of Terrence McNally's The Ritz. Below you can watch a 1977 interview with him and director Wakefield Poole on The Emerald City, the first gay-themed cable TV show in New York City.

Antony Hamilton, who died on March 29, 1995, at age 42, took over the lead role in the 1984-85 CBS series, Cover Up, after the death of actor Jon-Erik Hexum. Other credits include the 1984 ABC movie, Samson and Delilah, the 1988-90 ABC series, Mission: Impossible, and the 1992 feature film, Fatal Instinct.

Dan Hartman, who died on March 22, 1994, at age 43, wrote and recorded "I Can Dream About You", which reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984. His other hits include "Instant Replay" (1978), "Relight My Fire" (1979), "We Are the Young" (1984) and "Second Nature" (1985). He was an original member of The Edgar Winter Group (1972-75), and he wrote and performed the band's 1973 hit, "Free Ride". Hartman also co-wrote and produced James Brown's 1986 hit, "Living in America".

Paul Keenan, who died on December 11, 1986, at age 31, played Tod Chandler on the NBC daytime soap opera, Days of our Lives (1980-81), and Carrington groundsman Tony Driscoll on ABC's Dynasty (1982-84).

Irving Allen Lee, who died on September 5, 1992, at age 43, played Detective Calvin Stoner on the ABC daytime soap opera, The Edge of Night (1977-84), and Dr. Evan Cooper on ABC's Ryan's Hope (1986-89). He also starred on Broadway in Pippin (1975), Rockabye Hamlet (1976), Ain't Misbehavin' (1978) as the original standby for the two male roles, A Broadway Musical (1978) and Sweet Charity (1986).

Terry Lester, who died on November 28, 2003, at age 53, starred in the 1976 CBS series, Ark II, and three daytime soap operas - The Young and the Restless (1980-89) as the original Jack Abbott (for which he received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations), Santa Barbara (1989-90) as the second Mason Capwell, and As the World Turns (1991-94).

Tom McBride, who died on September 24, 1995, at age 42, starred in the 1981 horror film, Friday the 13th Part 2, and a 1983 commercial for Wisk laundry detergent (with Dana Delany). And as a model, he appeared in a Winston cigarette billboard ad in the 1980s.

Timothy Patrick Murphy, who died on December 6, 1988, at age 29, played Mickey Trotter on CBS's Dallas from 1982 to 1983. Other television credits include the 1979 HBO miniseries, The Seekers, the CBS daytime soap opera, Search for Tomorrow (1980-81), the 1984 NBC film, Sam's Son, and the 1984-85 ABC drama, Glitter.

David Oliver, who died on November 12, 1992, at age 30, starred on the NBC daytime soap opera, Another World (1983-85), and the 1986 NBC miniseries, A Year in the Life, which then became a 1987-88 drama series.

Dennis Parker, who died on January 28, 1985, at age 38, played Police Chief Derek Mallory on the ABC soap opera, The Edge of Night (1979-84). He also starred as "Wade Nichols" in both gay and straight porn films, including Barbara Broadcast (1977) and Maraschino Cherry (1978). And in 1979, Parker recorded a disco album, Like an Eagle, for Casablanca Records.

Dack Rambo, who died on March 21, 1994, at age 52, starred in the 1962-63 CBS series, The New Loretta Young Show (as Young's son), the 1967-69 ABC series, The Guns of Will Sonnett, the 1974 CBS series, Dirty Sally, the 1978-79 NBC series, Sword of Justice, the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children (1982-83), the 1984 ABC series, Paper Dolls, the CBS series, Dallas (1985-87), and the NBC daytime soap opera, Another World (1991-92). And in 1992, he discussed his HIV-positive status on The Maury Povich Show.

Ron Richardson, who died on April 5, 1995, at age 43, won the 1985 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Jim in Big River. He also appeared in a 1983 national tour of Dreamgirls and in the 1990-91 Broadway revival of Oh, Kay!

Franklyn Seales, who died on May 14, 1990, at age 37, played business manager Dexter Stuffins in the NBC and syndicated sitcom, Silver Spoons (1983-87). He also appeared in the 1979 film, The Onion Field, and the 1980 NBC miniseries, Beulah Land.

Steve Tracy, who died on November 27, 1986, at age 34, played Nellie Oleson's husband Percival Dalton on the NBC series, Little House on the Prairie (1980-81).

Tom Villard, who died on November 14, 1994, at age 40, starred in the sitcom, We Got It Made, which aired on NBC (1983-84) and in syndication (1987-88). His film credits include Surf II (1984), One Crazy Summer (1986), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Popcorn (1991) and My Girl (1991). He also appeared on game shows, including CBS's Body Language (1985).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tom Villard was also a completely obnoxious goof in the shipwreck episode of the Golden Girls! He may be remembered for "One Crazy Summer", but he'll live forever in GG reruns! RIP