Sunday, May 26, 2024

RIP Actor Jed Allan, 84, Veteran Hollywood TV Leading Man, Soap Staple on “Days of Our Lives,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Santa Barbara,” even “Mary Tyler Moore”


Jed Allan, a veteran TV actor with a long list of credits, has died at age 84. Allan was best known for playing Don Craig on “Days of our Lives,” and C.C. Capwell on the soap “Santa Barbara” each role for more than a decade.

Allan really has a long list of credits, starting back in 1951. He appeared on soaps then, like “Love of Life,” and “The Secret Storm.”

By the time he became a leading man on “Days of Our Lives,” Allan was already known to TV audiences from dozens and dozens of appearances on prime time TV. Fans of the Mary Tyler Moore show will remember him as the suave anchorman who substitutes for Ted Baxter and dates Mary– a classic episode. He was also a semi regular on shows like “Lassie,” “Adam-12,” and “Love American Style.” He played Ian Ziering’s father on “Beverly Hills 90210.”

Allan’s son wrote on his Instagram page: “So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers passing tonight. He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others.  Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook.” Condolences to his family, friends and coworkers.”

I hope the TV Academy remembers to put his name in the Emmys In Memoriam next September.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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