AN actor known for his performance in the daytime soap opera Ryan’s Hope has died.
Michael Levin, who played the passionate reporter Jack Fenelli on the show for all 13 seasons, passed away from natural causes. He was 90.
Michael Levin, known for his performance in the soap opera Ryan’s Hope, has diedGettyHe played the passionate journalist Jack Fenelli for 13 seasonsGettyGettyHe passed away at 90 from natural causes, his family confirmed[/caption]
The actor passed away at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York, his son Jason Levin told The Hollywood Reporter.
Other than his performances on the screen, Levin was also known for his appearances on the stage.
He starred in The Royal Hunt of the Sun on Broadway in 1965.
The soap legend also performed in three 1970 plays including Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real with Al Pacino, Sam Shepard’s Operation Sidewinder, and Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Woman of Setzuan.
Tributes have started to roll out on social media as people remember the actor’s iconic moments.
“#RIP Michael Levin; as the fiery Jack Fenelli, he spend 13-plus years on ‘Ryan’s Hope,’ on the first episode of the ABC soap as well as the last,” someone tweeted.
“He and @TheKateMulgrew (especially when she was a ghost) made for a dynamic daytime couple back in the day!”
Ryan’s Hope was an ABC soap opera that ran from 1975 to 1989.
The show follows the struggles of a large Irish-American family in Manhattan who frequent a bar across from Riverside Hospital.
Levin appeared on a massive 1,074 episodes of the show, making him one of the most present characters.
He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for outstanding actor in a daytime drama series for three years straight for his role.
A Minneapolis native, Levin served in the U.S. Navy for two years before attending the University of Minnesota.
After school, he moved to California where he took acting classes alongside legend Jack Nicholson and later worked at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater.
He eventually moved to New York where he continued to act on the stage before he got the job with Ryan’s Hope.
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