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‘Boys in the Band’ ‘All My Children’ Actor Was 86 – The Hollywood Reporter

Peter White, who played Linc Tyler on the ABC soap opera All my children for four decades and starred in the original stage production and film adaptation of The boys in the group, is dead. He was 86 years old.

White died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles of melanoma, his All my children her comrade Kathleen Noone (Ellen Shepherd Dalton in the series) declared The Hollywood Reporter.

White also played Arthur Cates, Sable Colby’s (Stephanie Beacham) lawyer, in the first two seasons of the prime-time ABC soap opera. The Colbys in 1985-86, and he reappeared as the deceased doctor, father of characters played by Swoosie Kurtz, Sela Ward, Patricia Kalember and Julianne Phillips in the 1991-96 NBC drama. Sisters.

White first played Lincoln Tyler, son of Pine Valley’s stern matriarch Phoebe Tyler (Ruth Warrick), from 1974 to 1980 – he was the third actor in the role, starting with James Karen – then returned for missions in 1981, 1984. 86, ’95 and 2005.

White played the role of Alan McCarthy in Mart Crowley’s The boys in the groupwhich opened on Broadway at Theater Four in April 1968. The drama revolves around a group of gay men attending a birthday party in a Manhattan apartment for their friend Harold (Leonard Frey), although it is unclear whether Alan was/is gay.

Until then, most homosexual characters in American theater were veiled or demonized.

“Opening night, none of us knew what we had,” White recalled in a 2008 interview. “We all just thought, ‘It’s a play, it’s something new,’ It’s different and that’s good. » It was a 100% gay audience – and then the next day, it went crazy!

“We got a call to come to the theater early because there were so many people around the theater that we couldn’t get near it. At the time, everyone wanted to call it a gay play – (I always thought) that it wasn’t (so much) a gay play (as) it was a play with gay characters.

When Crowley produced and adapted his drama for the 1970 landmark film directed by William Friedkin and released through National General Pictures, White and his co-stars went with them.

Born in New York on October 10, 1937, White got his start in soap operas playing Jerry Ames on CBS. The secret storm in 1965-66, then starred in an episode of NYPD in 1968.

He worked alongside Myrna Loy in a touring production of Barefoot in the park when he was offered the The boys in the group opportunity.

“Things were really very emotional for me; I was doing really well and I said to myself, ‘I don’t need that kind of risk,'” he recalls. “I talked to Myrna – she became my mentor – and she said, ‘Peter, if you want to become an actor, you’re going to have to take risks in your life.'”

The play will run for more than 1,000 performances.

White returned to the soap world in 1971 with a turn as Dr. Sanford Hiller on CBS’ Love is a shining thingand he also appeared in the film directed by Robert Mulligan The pursuit of happiness This year.

He arrived on Broadway in 1975 in PS your cat diedeven though this play only lasted 16 performances.

White has starred in dozens of television shows over the years, from Canon, Hill Street Blues, The Jeffersons, Dynasty And Landing nodes has Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Crazy of you, The X Files, The west wing And Case closed.

His film resume also included Dave (1993), Mother (1996), Flubber (1997), Armageddon (1998), Thirteen Days (2000) and First daughter (2004). In recent years, he has served as an acting coach for those preparing to audition.

No one said White wasn’t married and didn’t have children. His death was first reported by the website SoapHub.

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