Santa Barbara and Days of our Lives' Jed Allan dead at 84
Posted Sunday, March 10, 2019 11:53:30 AM
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Former Santa Barbara and Days of our Lives star Jed Allan has passed away. The fan favorite was 84.

The soap opera world lost another one of its brightest stars. Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, and General Hospital's Jed Allan has passed away at the age of 84.

News of Allan's passing was first shared by the actor's son, Rick Brown, on a fan page dedicated to Allan.

"So sorry to post the very sad news of my father’s passing tonight," Brown wrote. "He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others."

Allan was best known to soap fans as Don Craig on Days of our Lives and Channing Creighton "C.C." Capwell on Santa Barbara. Allan's DAYS role was his longest-running role, spanning from 1971 to 1985, but it may be his seven-year run on Santa Barbara that he will be most remembered for.

A. Martinez, who shared a screen with Allan on Santa Barbara, remembered the actor for his "fearless" work.

"Jed was a pro's pro in every sense, and an inspired artist in the moments when the red lights came on — he was fearless, and his work moved millions," Martinez shared. "I first met him in the early seventies, when his son Mitch Brown and I were cast mates on the TV series, The Cowboys. With his effervescent wife Toby at his side, he quietly asked me to keep a watchful eye out for Mitch, as it was his first gig. Jed was already a star by then, and he was as warm and articulate and charming as anyone I'd ever met. A decade later, when he came to Santa Barbara, the show finally began to find its eventually glorious stride. I LOVED working with him, as did everyone else who got the chance."

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The actor Jed Allan walked on yesterday. Among his many unforgettable roles was that of CC Capwell, the powerful patriarch around whom the tempests of story swirled in NBC’s daytime drama Santa Barbara for many remarkable years. Jed was a pro’s pro in every sense, and an inspired artist in the moments when the red lights came on — he was fearless, and his work moved millions. I first met him in the early seventies, when his son Mitch Brown and I were cast mates on the TV series, The Cowboys. With his effervescent wife Toby at his side, he quietly asked me to keep a watchful eye out for Mitch, as it was his first gig. Jed was already a star by then, and he was as warm and articulate and charming as anyone I’d ever met. A decade later, when he came to Santa Barbara, the show finally began to find its eventually glorious stride. I LOVED working with him, as did everyone else who got the chance. Years later, he visited me backstage during the difficult run of a play I was doing — offered typically generous support — and then spoke of the loss of Toby, the love of his life, who had passed away shortly before, with literally no warning. (It was hard to imagine a human being missing another more...) In my dream, the two of them are dancing together again tonight — a great comfort to all who’ve known and loved them over the years. Condolences now to their wonderful sons, and gratitude to Jed for his unerring joy in the telling of stories, and for offering always the embrace of his massive heart. #JedAllan #ForceOfNature #TheFamilyYouChoose

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Days of our Lives icon Deidre Hall revealed that she screen tested for her DAYS role opposite Allan.

"It's been decades since I stepped on to the NBC sound stage to screen test for Marlena on Days of our Lives," Hall recalled. "I was given a 4-page scene to memorize and perform with Days’ dashing bachelor, Don Craig, played confidently by Jed Allan. Jed made it all look easy with his dark good looks, deep resonant voice, a naughty twinkle, boisterous laugh and his characteristic swagger."

Outside of daytime, Allan earned legions of fans as Rush Sanders on Beverly Hills, 90210.

"So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 classmate," Ian Zering shared on Instagram. "I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed."

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So sad to hear we've lost another 90210 castmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve's father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed. #ripjedallan

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In 2004, Allan temporarily tackled the role of Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital. Allan's final soap gig came in 2011 as Harold Johnson on the Emmy-winning digital series The Bay.

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In loving memory of the great Mr. Jed Allan. We send our deepest condolences to Mr. Allan’s close loved ones. It was a quite an honor to have him appear in the “special guest star” role of Harold Johnson on The Bay. ??#TheBayFamily #JedAllan #Icon #Legend

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