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All My Children Star Ray MacDonnell Dead at 93, Susan Lucci Pays Tribute to ‘Our AMC Patriarch’!

Ray MacDonnell, popularly known for his 40-year run as Dr. Joe Martin on All My Children, has died. He was 93. The soap star died June 10 of normal causes at his home in Chappaqua, New York. His girl Sarah affirmed the unfortunate news to Michael Fairman TV, sharing that a private memorial will happen with family.

The actor Who Appeared On ‘All My Children’ Was 93

Susan Lucci, MacDonnell’s All My Children costar, shared a contacting tribute to the actor on Instagram. “Awesome RAY MACDONNELL! Recently evening, my dazzling companion Jill Larson (AMC’s breathtaking “Opal”) called to share the miserable news that dearest RAY had died,” she wrote in the inscription. “He was genuinely our AMC patriarch—and filled our studio with warmth and polished methodology—and his flavorful comical inclination—there were times during scenes that I was unable to dare visually connect with him—simply a look from his eyes with that consistently present sparkle—would break down us into rings of giggling,” Lucci proceeded. “Many thanks, Ray, for gracing our show on-screen and off—with your incredible presence! My ardent compassion to lovely Pat and your family—RIP, RAY.”

 

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MacDonnell was one of the first cast individuals from the long-running daytime show, which debuted on ABC in 1970. He played the patriarch of the Martin family until reporting his retirement from the show in 2009 when creation moved from New York City to Los Angeles. Alongside his onscreen spouse Ruth (depicted by Lee Meriwether), he made a concise re-visitation of the show for a couple of scenes in 2011, including the finale, prior to returning again for the fleeting 2013 web series reboot.

Close to Lucci, MacDonnell was the longest-running unique cast part on All My Children. His commitment to the soap drama acquired him a Daytime Emmy Award for lifetime accomplishment in 2004. He recently played Philip Capice on the highly contrasting CBS soap The Edge of the Night from 1961 to 1969. His different credits incorporate a scene of The Jack Benny Program and an unsold pilot for a 1967 TV transformation of Dick Tracy, in which he played the eponymous investigator.

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