Sad news for the daytime community. ALL MY CHILDREN actor Jeffrey Carlson died on July 6 at the age of 48. He joined the cast of the ABC soap back in August 2006 as rock musician Zarf who later came out as a transgender woman named Zoe. The news was broken by theater critic Adam Feldman on Twitter. “RIP Jeffrey Carlson, 48, exposed-nerve star of Broadway and TV,” he wrote. “A powerful actor and a painful loss.” At this time there are no details regarding his cause of death.
Born in Long Beach, CA, Carlson was actually named Jeffrey because his mother was a fan of AMC and named him after the character of Jeff Martin. He graduated from the University of California Davis in 1997 with a B.A. in dramatic art. He then went on to train at NYC’s famed Juilliard School.
Carlson made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who Is Sylvia in 2002 and was also in the 2003 revival of Tartuffe, and the Boy George Broadway musical Taboo, for which he was nominated for the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. The actor could also be seen in movies like the Will Smith romantic comedy, Hitch, and primetime series like LAW & ORDER: SVU.
When Carlson debuted on AMC, his character of Zarf was male-presenting and found himself attracted to Bianca, who rebuffed him as she is a lesbian. Soon after, Zarf came out as a transgender woman named Zoe. While some in Pine Valley struggled with her announcement, others were more accepting, and as Zoe continued with her transition, Bianca was supportive and left town with her when the musician returned to London to work on a new album.
Our thoughts are with Carlson’s friends and family during this difficult time.