Veteran TV, Stage and Film Actor Dies — Best Known for Role on Long-Running Soap Opera

Jun 16, 2015  •  Post A Comment

An actor who had a long career on TV, on the stage and in movies — best known for playing Dr. Dan Stewart on the long-running CBS soap opera “As the World Turns” — has died.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Colenback died May 12 in West Hollywood after suffering complications from the pulmonary disease COPD. He was 79.

“As the World Turns” aired for 54 years, going back to 1956, before CBS canceled it in 2010. Colenback appeared on the daytime staple from 1966-1973 and again from 1976-1979.

“On ‘As the World Turns,’ his character, among other travails, had a niece who he learns is really his daughter, and he lost his wife when she took a fatal tumble on a flight of stairs,” THR notes. “After returning to Oakdale, Ill., Dr. Stewart died of a terminal illness.”

Colenback’s other credits included the 1950s and early 1960s TV series “From These Roots” and the 1982 TV movie “An Innocent Love,” along with a guest spot on “Falcon Crest” in 1986.

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