THANKYOU for the Days
Born Frank Russell Parker on July 1, 1939, his acting career began in 1963 and aside from Days he became something of a daytime soap veteran, also appearing on General Hospital (Paddy Kelly) and in small roles on Never Too Young and The Young and the Restless. His other TV acting credits include Lost in Space, Hogan’s Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Gomer Pyle, CHiPS and Quincy M.E. Frank was married twice, to Nola Donnell Rajcok and Mary Jean Dunning Garofalo. A father to three daughters, including twins, Frank’s eldest, Candace, died in a car crash in 1998. On September 16, he died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease and dementia at his Vacaville, California home.
Versatile in her acting career, Margaret Ann McCay (born on November 3, 1927) also ran her father’s construction company alongside her mother after his death! After graduating from off-Broadway productions like Uncle Vanya, for which she won an Obie Award as Best Young Actress in 1956, Peggy began her soap career as Vanessa Dale on Love of Life, later moving to The Young Marrieds (Susan Garret) and General Hospital (Iris Fairchild) and finally to Days from 1983. In between, she appeared in movies and countless TV shows including Lou Grant, Perry Mason, The Waltons, LA Law, Profiler and Cold Case. She won a Primetime Emmy for The Trials of Rosie O’Neill. Off-screen, the never-married Peggy died on October 7, a month shy of her 91st birthday.
Frank in Gomer Pyle
with David Janssen in The Fugitive