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Actor Doug Sheehan of General Hospital dies at 75

Doug Sheehan, who captivated audiences as Joe Kelly on “General Hospital” for over 200 episodes from 1979 to 1982, has passed away at the age of 75. The announcement came from Kane Funeral Home in Sheridan, Wyoming. According to their statement, Sheehan “passed away peacefully at his home [in Big Horn, Wyoming] on Saturday morning, June 29, 2024 with his loving wife at his side.” The cause of death was not disclosed.

Sheehan’s acting journey began in Santa Monica, California, where he was born on April 27, 1949. His passion for acting was evident early on, and he initially honed his craft with the National Shakespeare Festival on stage in San Diego. His transition to television came in 1978 with a role on “Charlie’s Angels.” This opportunity paved the way for his entry into the soap opera world, where he gained significant recognition.

The following year, Sheehan took on the role of Joe Kelly on “General Hospital.” Although some of his storylines might not have been the most sensational in the soap’s history, his performance was compelling enough to earn him a Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His time on the show solidified his status as a notable figure in daytime television.

After his stint on “General Hospital,” Sheehan continued to leave his mark in the television industry. From 1983 to 1987, he brought the character of reporter Ben Gibson to life on “Knots Landing.” His portrayal added depth and intrigue to the show, further showcasing his versatility as an actor.

Sheehan’s impact on the television world, particularly in daytime dramas, is undeniable. His dedication to his roles and his ability to connect with the audience left a lasting impression.

Doug Sheehan will be remembered not just for the characters he portrayed, but also for his contributions to the field of acting. His legacy will live on through the episodes and scenes that continue to entertain and inspire viewers.

Source: Kane Funeral Home, Sheridan, WY