‘General Hospital’ Actor Doug Sheehan Dies at 75

‘General Hospital’ Actor Doug Sheehan Dies at 75
‘General Hospital’ Actor Doug Sheehan Dies at 75

“General Hospital” fans are in mourning once again. Following the deaths of Elizabeth McRae and Johnny Wactor in recent weeks, actor Doug Sheehan passed away at the age of 75 on Saturday, June 29, according to several American media outlets including Deadline.

His death was made public by Kane Funeral Home, which was in charge of the entire funeral arrangement, which announced via a statement that the actor passed away “peacefully at his home on the morning of Saturday, June 29, 2024, with his beloved wife by his side.” The cause of his death has not been revealed, however.

Born in Santa Monica in 1949, Doug Sheehan made his first television appearance in 1978, in the police series “Charlie’s Angels”, and landed the role that made him famous a year later, that of lawyer Joe Kelly in the must-see soap opera “General Hospital”.

Having appeared in more than 200 episodes of what is to this day the longest-running soap opera on American television ahead of “Days of our Lives”, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”, Doug Sheehan received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1982 in the category of best supporting actor in a drama series.

Seen in “Columbo” and “McGyver”

The following year, he joined the cast of the CBS series “Knots Landing,” a spinoff of “Dallas,” playing reporter Ben Gibson, a role he played for over 100 episodes between 1983 and 1988. After these supporting roles, he landed the lead role in the sitcom “Day By Day,” which aired for two seasons in 1988 and 1989. He also had small roles in episodes of “Columbo” and “MacGyver.”

His last screen roles were in 2003, in “What I Like About You” and in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, where he played Sabrina’s father. Doug Sheehan also made several appearances on the big screen, in the three “Elle” films in 1979, “Victor Victoria” in 1982 and “Cops n Roberts” in 1995.

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