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Soap Star Robert Gentry Dead at 81


Soap star Robert Gentry has died at the age of 81. He passed away on Sept. 17, 2022, as reported by the In Memorium section of the SAG-AFTRA Magazine published in December. 

Gentry made his daytime debut playing Brad Murphy on THE DOCTORS in 1965, then went on to take over the role of Ed Bauer on GUIDING LIGHT in 1966. After his exit in 1969, the actor reprised the role again on a recurring basis from 1997-98. From 1979-1981, Gentry portrayed Phillip Lyons on ANOTHER WORLD, returning to the NBC soap again from 1997-98 to play Detective Craig Morris. In 1983, he had a brief run on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Giles Morgan.

Gentry may best be remembered by soap fans for his seven years as Ross Chandler on ALL MY CHILDREN, revealed to be the illegitimate son of Palmer Cortlandt. During his 1983-90 run, the actor received Daytime Emmy Award nominations in 1988 and 1990 for his work on AMC.

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That’s Gentry in the back row on the right celebrating the 400th episode of GENERATIONS with his co-stars.Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

In 1990, Gentry joined the cast of GENERATIONS as the villainous Jordan Hale, then appeared as Forrester family attorney Elliott Parker on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in 1993, and as Richard Hunt on DAYS OF OUR LIVES from 1994-95.

Gentry’s career also included appearances on primetime series like MEDICAL CENTER, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, POLICE STORY, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, FANTASY ISLAND, and LAW & ORDER. In 1972, he co-starred with Agnes Moorhead in the thriller Dear Dead Delilah.

Our thoughts are with Gentry’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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