John Colenback, who played a dashing doctor on As the World Turns in the late 1960s and 70s, has died.
Little information is available as to the manner of John’s death, though he was 79. His nephew, Timothy, broke the news. Colenback died over a month ago, on May 12.
There is little in the way of biography for Colenback either, save a list of TV appearances. However, the Hollywood Reporter was able to pull together some information.
John’s time on As the World Turns, now cancelled, lasted from 1966 to 1973, and then began again in 1976, lasting until 1979. As most soap opera characters do, John’s Dr. Dan Stewart suffered many struggles, including a family secret (his niece is really his daughter), loss (his wife fell down the stairs and died), and sickness (his character suffered a terminal illness and died).
But though he is most famous for his soap acting, he had roles in plenty of other shows and on the stage.
His career began in 1961, after he was discovered in his native Ohio acting at Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania.
He went on to have theater roles in A Man for All Seasons, After the Rain, Twelfth Night, A Scent of Flowers, and Four Friends. Colenback continued to act in regional productions, like The Importance of Being Earnest, The Halloween Bandit, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, As You Like It, The Chinese Well, and The Irregular Verb to Love.
And the actor was fairly prolific on TV as well, outside As the World Turns, with appearances on From These Roots, Hart to Hart, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Capitol, and Falcon Crest.
However, his last credited role was on Falcon Crest in 1986, according to IMDb.
His survivors include a brother, nieces, and nephews.
Though information about his life and death are scant, plenty of fans took to social media to recognize John Colenback’s death, remembering his suave Dr. Stewart fondly.
— Mike Barnes (@MikeBarnes4) June 15, 2015
RIP John Colenback, aged 79 Was Dr. Dan Stewart for some 12 years in AS THE WORLD TURNS pic.twitter.com/7XIa1lX3XO
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) June 15, 2015
Photo: classicsodcovers: *BONUS* Afternoon TV (Cover Date: January 1971) Marie Masters & John Colenback… http://t.co/eAGAoH2qnx
— Matthew Smith (@kyleo71) March 29, 2015
Photo: Classic SOD Cover Date: September 1977 John Colenback & Kathryn Hays (Dan & Kim, AS THE WORLD TURNS) http://t.co/Rc71WdjLJq
— Matthew Smith (@kyleo71) November 17, 2014
[Photo Courtesy Twitter]