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27 November 18th, 2013 AW & OLTL Legendary Soap Opera Leading Man George Reinholt Dead At 73!

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Very sad news this morning that is making its way around the soap opera world.   One of the first true leading men and “hunks” of the daytime drama series format, George Reinholt has passed away at 73 years old from cancer.   George, who along with the late Jacqueline Courtney, became truly one of the original soap opera supercouples of Steven Frame and Alice  Matthews in the late 60′s and early 70′s on NBC’s Another World!   During his time on AW, Reinholt had the highest TV-Q rating in Daytime television cementing his popularity in the soap culture!

After deciding to leave the Another World over ative differences with the series higher-ups which included … Paul Rauch and Harding Lemay … Reinholt eventually landed at ABC’s One Life to Live and created the new roles of  Tony Lord.   Tony was the brother to Viki Lord played by Erika Slezak!   Reinholt played that  role for two years.   It was at OLTL that the ABC soap opera tried to capture the magic twice by pairing George with Jacqueline Courtney who had also left AW and was now playing Pat Ashley in Llanview!

Reinholt did once again return to Another World af inal time in 1089 for the series 25th anniversary, but sadly in 1994, when Reinholt appeared on the CBS television broadcast: 50 Years of Soaps: An All Star Celebration, the program marked his final appearance with his leading lady from Another World, Jacqueline Courtney.

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Beginning in 1988, George began teaching acting in the Philadelphia area to High School students,and at the Barnstormers Theatre in Ridley Park.

Survivors include his dear friend and caretaker, Ann Marie Lincoln, and longtime friends Ruth Campbell and John Magee who edited his memoir, and the funeral services were said to be private.  To view Reinholt’s complete obit click here! 

Now below, watch the clip from “50 Years of Soaps”, when George and Jacqueline are reunited again!  Then, let us know your thoughts on the passing of George Reinholt?  Were you a fan of Steven Frame and Tony Lord?  Share your comments and remembrances below!

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  1. jonboy says:

    Too sad. He was great as Tony Lord. I didn’t know about Courtney. Does anybody know when she passed and why?

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    Mark replied

    I think it was two years ago she died of skin cancer. Soap opera digest put steve and Alice on the cover to honor her passing too.

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  2. Jo Saponare says:

    My FIRST soap opera love who I will never forget. Rest in peace with Jacquie now.

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  3. Mk says:

    I also heard he was closeted.

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  4. Hope Martin says:

    I loved Pat & Tony! they were one of my favorite couples on OLTL!

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  5. Llanviewer717 says:

    Very sad news. I loved him as Tony on OLTL. May he rest in peace.

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  6. Mary SF says:

    This is so bittersweet. In one way it was wonderful going down memory lane– but in another it is sad seeing that clip honoring soaps knowing how few are now left. And now I am at age that I am started to see the passing of so many actors who played the beloved characters I grew up watching. Now all my children, remember we only have one life to live, so let us make all the days of our lives count. So as the world turns at the edge of night, in the dark shadows as we search for tomorrow, may the guiding light lead us to an another world. RIP George.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    AW was…imo…the best soap with Days back in the 70s…i had a teenage crush on Arianne Munker and Adrienne Wallace who both played Alices niece Marianne Randolph…Liz Mathews (Irene Dailey) i believe passed 5 years ago and Daved Bailey the last Russ Mathews drowned in a pool several years ago…all so close together…Rick Porter(Larry Ewing) also gone a few years ago. Too many…just like my real family and friends…hard to deal with. Didnt like AWs later years when the writers had the Corey kids call Liz aunt when they werent related…best later part was Jake and Viki but Jake really shouldve been called Ricky Mathews, Lizs stepgrandson to keep the Mathews family part of the show…only Russ made a few appearances and his daughter Olivia was there…hope im not boring you with all this…i just miss the show and sad over the loss of so many former soap stars as well as in my own family…one final memory at its a funny one…George Reinholt once did a nude spread in one of the magazines when he was doing the soaps and one day when i was at the drug store with my mom, a strict catholic and with old values and morales took a peek in that mag and remarked the centerfold was a disappointment because it wasnt very revealing…lol

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    Mary SF replied

    No not boring at all– Edge of Night was my first soap as a child, AW my close second and I watched AW right to the end in 99. In university all my friends were into that new soap Y&R but no one was into AW, so I made a deal with my roommate if she watched AW with me I would watch Y&R with her– and dang I got hooked on it too. Soaps are woven into the fabric of my life — a sort of parallel universe– to live in for an hour or two each day. Today’s soaps may be better produced with bigger budgets than days gone by, but some of the stories were birth in those early days, and I am glad I was able to ride the wave at an age I could most enjoy them. So feel free to reminisce all you want– because we were fortunate to experience the genre when it was at its best.

    Patrick replied

    JimH & MarySf

    two AW FANS!

    Another World’ is my pick for the one soap that had “it” ALL

    1. “…some of the stories were birth in those early days, and I am glad I was able to ride the wave”

    2. “…we were fortunate to experience the genre when it was at its best.”

    two very strong and valid reasons… we decades plus fans know… and hang on to the remaining 4 so vigilantly.

    all posts have reason. even if it’s not ours. so… I say cheers for the decade plus fans

    p.s.. had to google that playgirl pictorial… George Reinholt. I remember that.
    didn’t recall he was a soap pioneer tho… even back then.. I liked the discretion, even the publications adhered…. wink, wink… I could see why he captured the fans

    Another World had the best couples… the best collectively well acted cast… on par excellence…. everything simmered… captured my attention… like no other soap…. till Santa Barbara came along….

    Long Live DAYS and GH.

    Shay replied

    @jimh..Your mom sounds like an absolute hoot!!!! And @Patrick….You have the most delightful perspective on things: “All posts have reason, even if it’s not ours.” Between that and your graceful and descriptive statements, your contributions are always a treat to read….full of knowledge and enjoyment! As for the subject at hand, he was a bit before my time….my earliest recollections of OLTL were of a recast “Tony Lord,” but I definitely was aware of the “soap legend” who preceded him! (Tall tales and all….)

  7. Patience DePhazio says:

    Jackie Courtney died in December 2010. Yes, she did pass away of skin cancer.

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  8. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Back in the 70s AW and DOOLs featured my favorite soap couples: Days had Doug and Julie, and AW had Steve and Alice. On AW, Rachel(Robin Strasser, Vicki Wyndam) was the bad girl who occasionally broke them up and got pregnant by Steve…son was Jaime…Steve, Alice and Rachel was a long drawn out but exciting triangle that lasted for years…and it didnt matter to most if Steve ended up with either lady…they were that good. Rachel wasnt an evil villain…she was a bad girl looking for ways to climb the social ladder…ironically Steven came from a poor background but was a self made millionaire by the time he arrived in Bay City and fell in love with sweet Alice…i think Steve was drunk or something the night he slept with Rachel…i 4get at the moment. Rachel was married to Alices brother Dr. Russ Mathews who thought he was Jaimes father…Rachel was also briefly married to Ted Clarke who ran a resturuant…4 years Steve went back and forth between Rachel and Alice…it was always exciting and the ratings soared…then came the backstage drama: George, Jackie and Virginia Dwyer who played Alices mom and Mathews matriarch Mary Mathews were all fired. Steve died in a plane crash, Mary died while on vacation with husband Jim and Jackie who played Alice was replaced with lookalike actress Susan Harney who left the role in 1979. This show remain top rated and was hot up until 1979. The show went to 90 minutes, killed off popular John Randolph, and gradually phased out the whole Mathews and Randolph family that made the show popular. The show lost popular Beverly Mckinsey as Iris to shortlived spinoff Texas but she never returned to AW…big mistake. AW went back to 60 min. but with so many cast changes exct. it wasnt the same. They brought on David Canary and Linda Borgenson to play Steve and Alice but the magic wasnt there like it was for the originals and the story fizzeled and Steve was killed off for good…i think it wouldve worked if the had cast Love Of Lifes Ron Tomme and Tina Sloan(AWs Olivia) as Steve and Alice…in any case AW wasnt as good in the 80s to last episode like it was in the 70s…best parts were Viki and Jake, Donna, Cass and Frankie but they could never top AWs early years. Soaps really dont write super couples like Steve and Alice, and Doug and Julie anymore, and maybe thats the problem…the lack of a romantic super couple we can cheer for. George and Jackie(who died from melanoma in 2010 at age 64) are greatly missed.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I always wanted soapnet to make its own movies using daytime stars. One movie wouldve been a bio…’The Jackie Courtney Story’ staring Julie M. B. (exLulu, GH) in the titled role…i believe soapnet wouldve been more succesful and helped keep the soap genre arrive with more original programming and made for tv movies(like lifetime channel) but staring mostly past and present soap stars…imo

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    ALIVE!!!

  9. RICKIE says:

    This is terribly sad. He, along with the fabulous Jacquie and wonderful Robin (Strasser; the original Rachel Davis Matthews Clark), set “Another World” on fire through the late 1960s through early/mid-1970s. I promptly dumped “Another World” when he was fired and followed him to “One Life to Live.” Having Jacquie join the cast a few months later was pure elation!

    Despite his reputation, this man had true star quality. While some may question his acting ability (personally, I though he was quite good — his fiery, early 1976 confrontation scene with Victor Lord — then played by Shepperd Strudwick — was phenomenal), there’s no doubt that this man has presence and a command of his audience. You sat up and took notice when he was on your TV screen. In the day when all leading soap actors looked, dressed, and sounded alike, George Reinholt broke the mould.

    Rest in peace, George.

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  10. Sharon says:

    Yes I was a GREAT fan of Steve and Alice!!! I also knew him as Tony Lord
    He was a great actor and will be remembered always!

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  11. Todd Bennett says:

    Wow! What a talent GEORGE was! Being a viewer of OLTL since about year 2 of the show I certainly remember “Tony and Pat”! I was bummed when their storyline came to a close. I had read that Jackie Courtney had passed away a few years ago. When I read Mr. Reinholt’s obituary in my local paper yesterday I had no idea he love a mere 3 miles from me, that he was born in Philadelphia AND was teaching in a town about the same distance away!
    RIP!!

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  12. k/kay says:

    They were magic together and when they tried to recast them both it never really worked for me. This scene I vaguely remember though I was very young we use to watch soaps in the summer and prayed we would have bad weather so we could stay home from school. RIP dear man you are now once again with your leading lady!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I remeber when they brought Steve back from the dead played by David Canary…i was a fan of his from his Bonanza years and as Adam on AMC but here he was terribly miscast as was Linda Borgenson who played Alice at this time in the storyline…i thought Love Of Lifes Ron Tomme would fit the part better as Steve and Tina Sloan who played Olivia Delany on AW might have been ok as Alice unless they couldve gotten Susan Harney back who was Jackies first replacement in the role…However, George Reinholt and Jackie Courtney will always be the one and only Steve and Alice…beautiful couple…they just dont write them like that anymore but im glad i was around then to watch…soaps…well most…were at their best in the 60s to late 70s…and like you i was always happy when school was out so i could watch.!! P.S. i wish more episodes had survived from that era because most of todays generation of soap viewers dont know how wonderful soaps used to be…some are entertaining today but not as great as they were in the good old days!!!

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    k/kay replied

    You are so right their is not one soap on today that I would jump off a school bus and run thru the door to catch the last 15 minutes! I stick with watching them some now and I tell myself it is like an old pair of sneakers you just can’t throw out.

  13. M Baptiste says:

    George was one of a kind, I remember him entering “One Life” as a “playboy” before Jacquie was hired and they gave him a girlfriend from Vietnam, “Mai Ling” and he had some very naughty scenes with the late Nancy Pinkerton as Dorian (calling her character “fridgid”…seemed adlibbed too!) and very touching scenes with the late and luminous Dorrie Kavanaugh as Cathy Craig who’s character was afraid to make love to “Tony,” to be intimate again after her baby Meagen died. Mr. Reinholt and Ms. Courtney are forever linked and I find their presence including the other actors noted to be “like it was yesterday,” they are indelible and this truly is a very sad day. Robin Strasser is always wonderful in her remembrances and I look forward to hearing her thoughts. God bless all these stars, stars indeed!

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    M Baptiste replied

    Oops, that should be “frigid.”

    How interesting how the mind works, at these passings, a flood of memories recall a special time and place; and our soaps and their legacy characters are as valid an environment as any.

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  14. Jeanine Rudman says:

    George Reinholt and I have been friends for several years….I loved him dearly….I shall miss him so very much….he fought a valiant fight against the cancer…and always said he was going to “beat this cancer”……but alas, he lost….he fought so hard the last 2 years….I love you George, and miss you so much….and I still look for your sweet letters in my mail box..I just can’t believe you are gone…….I can’t wait until I can see you again…..

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  15. Carl Reinholt says:

    George was a hoot! I miss him very much, Thanks for all the kind words, George and I had a habit of pulling jokes on each other. The best one was when my Wife and I put the add in the suncoast Newspaper, here in Florida, describing George as a Male Escort, well I sure as hell didn’t expect all the publisity. Sally Jessie Rafael, and Howard Stern and Robin, Howard called George early in the Morning, questioning him and tiring to trip him up about the Male escort, episode, but George had great Talent and went nose to nose, with Howard and Robin! I miss my Cuss!, again thanks’ to all the great post’s, Best regard’s, Carl Reinholt,

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  16. Carl Reinholt says:

    George told me that when he passed, his tombstone should reed, ” here lies George Reinholt, who had one life to live and now has gone to another World” we miss ya George RIP

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