Iconic actor dead at 86

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.07 - 2023 2:39 PM CET

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Peter White, a veteran actor renowned for his roles in 'All My Children' and the off-Broadway play 'The Boys in the Band,' has passed away at the age of 86.

White died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, following a battle with melanoma, as confirmed by his former co-star Kathleen Noone. Noone, who played Ellen Shepherd Dalton in 'All My Children,' shared the news with The Hollywood Reporter.

Born on October 10, 1937, in New York City, White's early career highlight was his role as Jerry Ames in 'The Secret Storm.'

However, his career truly took off after his performance in 'The Boys in the Band,' a groundbreaking play that portrayed LGBTQ+ life in New York City in the period post-Stonewall and pre-AIDS.

White's role in this play was a significant risk at the time, as he mentioned in a 2008 interview with Soap Opera Digest, saying, “Things were sort of really moving for me. I was doing so well, and I thought, ‘I don’t need this kind of risk.’”

After his success in theater, White transitioned to television, where he became a familiar face in numerous soap operas. He is perhaps most fondly remembered for his recurring role as Lincoln Tyler in 'All My Children.' Beyond soap operas, White's television career included appearances in popular series such as 'Dynasty,' 'Dallas,' 'Knots Landing,' and 'Falcon Crest.'

White's talents also extended to the big screen. He featured in several successful movies, including 'Dave,' 'Flubber,' 'Armageddon,' and 'First Daughter.' Despite his prolific career, White led a private life. He was not married and did not have children.

The entertainment industry and fans alike mourn the loss of Peter White. He was cherished for bringing joy to audiences over several decades through his diverse and impactful roles.

As we remember his legacy, we acknowledge the significant contributions he made to television and theater, leaving an indelible mark on the arts. Rest in peace, Peter White; your remarkable presence on the screen will be deeply missed.

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