2021 has been an incredible year for daytime drama, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t pay tribute to the talents that uphold the long and winding legacy of soap operas. Sadly, we’ve lost more noteworthy actors and actresses than we can accommodate on this list, including Micki Grant, Christopher Pennock, Geoffrey Scott, Billie Hayes and Peter Mark Richman. Alas, we’ve collected the soap opera passings that deeply impacted Fame10 readers over the course of 2021.
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9. Gil Rogers (All My Children, Guiding Light)
While Gil Rogers may not be a household name amongst the current generations of soaps viewers, he was a constant presence on daytime television from the 1970s until the late 2000s. Not only did he portray one of soaps’ all-time troublemakers Ray Gardner on All My Children for 22 years, he also played Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light. In March, Rogers passed away in his sleep.