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

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