An actor who was a television veteran — including playing one character in an astounding 436 episodes of a prime-time drama series — has died. The New York Times reports that Ed Nelson, who played Dr. Michael Rossi for 436 episodes on the ABC prime-time drama “Peyton Place,” died Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., at 85.
“Peyton Place,” which ran from 1964 to 1969, was considered the first prime-time soap opera and aired three times a week at its peak, the story notes. Nelson’s character was a New York doctor who moved to the fictional town of the show’s title.
Aside from “Peyton Place,” he appeared in other popular TV shows including many Westerns, such as “Gunsmoke” and “Rawhide.” His last appearance was a small role in the 2003 movie “Runaway Jury,” which starred John Cusack and Dustin Hoffman.