John Colenback, Former Star Of ‘As The World Turns,’ Dies At 79

John Colenback, the former star of the soap opera As the World Turns, has died at the age of 79.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Colenback, who appeared on the CBS soap opera from 1966-73 and again from 1976-79 as Dr. Dan Stewart, died on May 12 in West Hollywood. His nephew, Timothy, confirmed the sad news that his uncle died a little more than a month ago, but didn’t reveal many details as to how he died.

According to IMDB, Colenback was “a newscaster, spokesman, and actor for the RCA Color Central Exposition at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.”

John, who was born John Leonard Colenback, attended Dartmouth College (class of ’57), and was working in summer stock at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania, when he was first discovered by an agent. Colenback made his Broadway debut in 1961 landing a small role in the Broadway production of “A Man for All Seasons.”

Colenback’s other credits include roles in After the Rain, Twelfth Night, A Scent of Flowers, and Four Friends. He also acted in regional productions, such as 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.


Aside from As the World Turns, John starred in several other television series, including From These Roots, Hart to Hart, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Capitol, and Falcon Crest.

According to Variety, John is survived by his brother, Lloyd J. Colenback Jr., and nieces and nephews Judith Colenback Savage, Timothy Lloyd Colenback, Girard Mosby Colenback, Richard Breed III, Amalia H. Breed, John W. Colenback, and Jared S. Colenback.

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