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    Two veterans of ABC daytime soaps have died.

    Ray McDonnell, an original cast member (as Dr. Joe Martin) on All My Children, was 93.

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    All My Children’s Ray MacDonnell Dead at 93, Played Patriarch Joe Martin

    Ray MacDonnell, All My Children’s Beloved Dr. Joe Martin, Passes Away at 93

    Stuart Damon, who played Dr. Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital, and won an Emmy in 1999, was 84.

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    https://nypost.com/2021/06/29/stuart-damon-general-hospital-star-dead-at-84/

    Stuart Damon, ‘General Hospital’ Star, Dies at 84

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    I had heard about the death of Ray MacDonnell but not of Stuart Damon. They both were amazing in their daytime roles. I was so incredibly happy when Stuart Damon finally won his Emmy in 1999. I always hated that they killed off Alan Quartermaine ): This is really sad news ):

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    This is tragic. I hope they both rest in peace. Both brought me much joy over the years in their soap opera roles.

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    Sad news. RIP to both daytime legends.

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    I have been listening to a CD of the off-broadway musical production of The Boys From Syracuse from 1963 – listening to Stuart Damon sing great songs by Rodgers & Hart that he performed in the hit off-Broadway production. “Dear Old Syracuse”. What a talent! So many wonderful memories of Dr. Alan Quartermaine, one of the best characters ever on daytime, played to perfection by a fantastic actor! R.I.P. Stuart Damon.

    Michael Fairman has a lovely tribute to Ray MacDonnell by many of his co-stars up on his website. He played the solid center of Pine Valley, back when we had such characters on daytime. R.I.P. Ray MacDonnell.

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    A sad loss for the daytime community. I didn’t realize Stuart Damon was in his 80s.

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    Philece Sampler also passed away. She played Donna on AW and Renee on Days.

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    Such sad news. May each their souls rest in the Light.

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    Sooo many fond memories of both of them. I was never a big AMC fan but I loved Joe Martin. I especially remember some good scenes between him and Susan Lucci, with Dr. Joe being all paternal.

    As for Stuart Damon, it is simply unforgivable that GH fired him. I’ve spoken about this before. It was under Bob Guza and Jill Farren Phelp’s bloodbath of Alan, Tony, Audrey, Emily, Georgie and anyone who wasn’t (barf) Sonny and Jason (barf). Anyway, I loved Alan Quartermaine. He was excellent during the addition storyline and I loved his chemistry with Jane Elliot and Leslie Charleson.

    Rest in peace, both of these great actors.

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