Thursday, May 30, 2024

Actor John Gabriel. Emmy Nominated for Playing Seneca Beaulac on “Ryan’s Hope,” Dies at 90


Actor John Gabriel, who was Emmy nominated for the soap “Ryan’s Hope” in the 1980s, has died at age 90.

John played Dr. Seneca Beaulac, who had maybe the best name ever in soaps. He was one of the show’s leading men, a good guy at the hospital who did some sketchy things in his personal life. Fans loved him.

In real life, Gabriel was married to wife Sandy, who’d been on “All My Children” for years. They have two adult daughters.

Also in real life, I got to know John a little bit over the years when the Gabriels attended various screenings and premieres. He was a lovely guy, a gentleman, with lots of stories about his days on tons of prime time shows including his years on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” playing sportscaster Andy Rivers.

“It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father’s passing,” Andrea, 42, posted to Instagram. “John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy … I will love you forever.”


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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