Friday, May 24, 2024

RIP Emmy Winning Soap Actor Jerry ver Dorn, Long Star of “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live”


I’m very sorry to report the death of actor Jerry ver Dorn,at age 72. He was the most consistent star of the CBS soap “Guiding Light” from 1979 to 2005. He won two Daytime Emmy awards playing lawyer Ross Marler in 1995 and 1996 both times in the category of Best Supporting Actor.

ver Dorn outlasted hundreds of actors who came and went on “Guiding Light” over the years. But when sponsor Procter & Gamble showed their usual disloyalty to fan favorites, ver Dorn bolted to ABC’s “One Life to Live.” He stayed there until that show ended in 2012.

Ross Marler started out as a kind of playboy and corporate hustler. But he turned into a good guy, the town’s moral center who was constantly defending amnesiacs, murderers, and kidnappers with aplomb. Condolences to his family and fans.

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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